Energy News August 2023

Western Cooling Efficiency Center Releases 2023 Research Highlights

Learn about 16 different projects ranging from technology development in heat exchangers, building electrification, to air quality research and policy in schools. WCEC continues to develop, test and iterate on solutions to address the complex environmental, economic, and social challenges that accompany energy decarbonization and the global climate crisis.

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WCEC Receives Funding Through ARPA-E’s COOLERCHIPS Program


This project provides a unique approach to keeping modular data centers cool. The main three design elements — cold plates, ultra-efficient heat exchangers, and radiative cooling panels — and others, which have yet to be disclosed, are projected to use less than 5% of a data center’s power consumption for cooling and use no water.

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Mandela Washington Fellows tour EEI


In partnership with UC Davis Global Affairs, 25 Mandela Washington Fellows representing 15 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa visited EEI for tours of our laboratories and the Smart Home. UC Davis Global Affairs leads a Leadership in Public Management Institute, offering science-based strategies to help the Fellows grow in their careers and lives back home.

EEI thanks the Fellows and Global Affairs for this opportunity to share research, and be able to join the discussion on a diverse set of international challenges.

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CWEE Hosts Scholars from Tecnológico de Monterrey


Professor Frank Loge, Director of the Center for Water Energy Efficiency, recently hosted two post-doctoral fellows (Martín Esteban González López and Osiris Díaz Torres) and a professor (Misael Sebastián Gradilla Hernández) from Tecnológico de Monterrey campus Guadalajara.  There 1-week visit focuses on training to extend water system software developed at UC Davis to water systems throughout Mexico.  The software allows water systems to quickly identify improvements to improve the operation of the water system, conserve water and energy, and shift electric load to maximize the use of renewable energy.

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New WCEC Student Hires

WCEC is excited to introduce its latest student researchers. From left to right: Morgane Gaucher, Nicholas Gallo, Graham Jaeger, Ryan Samford, Jaden Tran, and Aaron Nguyen.

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