UC Davis Energy News – May 2020

The monthly UC Davis Energy newsletter covers the university's energy-related research, education and events. You can read current and past newsletters below or subscribe to have it sent to your inbox.

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Kelly Kissock Appointed as New Faculty Director

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Kelly Kissock as the Institute's new Faculty Director. Kissock’s faculty appointment is in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, where he will serve as a professor. He will start his new positions in July. Kissock will also hold the Chevron Endowed Chair in Energy Efficiency. [Read More].

Over $4M Awarded to Advance Next-Generation Heating, Cooling and Water Heating Systems

The Western Cooling Efficiency Center was awarded over $4M by the California Energy Commission to: 1) develop and test an advanced control system that saves energy, improves grid reliability, and reduces GHG emissions, and 2) develop and demonstrate next generation air to air heat pumps and microchannel polymer heat exchangers.

New Article: Long-Term Performance of LED Lighting Products

The California Lighting Technology Center completed a long-term performance evaluation of commercially available LED light sources. Tested LED replacement lamps met most of the performance criteria claimed by their manufacturers. However, 36% of the tested lamps failed prematurely. [Read the article]

New Report: Certification Agencies for Testing, Adjusting and Balancing HVAC Systems

Testing, adjusting, and balancing is a process where air and hydronic flows in a building are measured, adjusted, and documented to meet design specifications and local building codes to ensure thermal comfort, indoor air quality, and system energy efficiency are optimized. In this report, Western Cooling Efficiency Center researchers examine the benefits of using a certified contractor and describe the three main certifying agencies and differences between them. [Read the report]

Energy Graduate Group Student Receives EPA Award

Greg Miller, a Ph.D student with the Energy Graduate Group, received an EPA EmPOWER Air Data Challenge Award. Greg will work with the U.S. EPA and Catalyst Cooperative to create a database of hourly average emissions factors for the United States, help streamline the data pipeline for the existing eGRID database, and analyze how the use of hourly average emission factors may impact GHG inventory calculations. [More]

Research Centers Welcome New Partners

We are excited to welcome our newest partners, Des Champs Technologies and the Moulten Niguel Water District. Des Champs Technologies has joined the Western Cooling Efficiency Center as an affiliate. Moulten Niguel Water District has joined the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency as an affiliate.

Our Biggest Webinar Yet

With nearly 500 attendees, we hosted a webinar on research and recommendations for improving indoor air quality in K-12 classrooms when reopening schools during COVID-19 recovery. [Watch now]

Upcoming Events

June 2, 2020
Student Energy Webinar: Short Circuiting Policy–Climate Politics and Political Economy

June 11, 2020
Webinar: The Honda Smart Home at UC Davis–A Showcase of Environmental Innovation

June 22-23, 2020
Energy Audit Bootcamp - NOW REMOTE

September 14-16, 2020