Summary: Energy Research at UC Santa Barbara
Energy is one of the most important challenges of the century. Energy research at the University of
California Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) is largely focused on developing new technologies that
increase energy efficiency, thereby reducing energy consumption. UC Santa Barbara has been a leader
in several areas related to energy efficiency including solid state lighting, optoelectronics, polymer
photovoltaics, and control systems drawing upon the university's expertise in both engineering and the
UC Santa Barbara's excellence in energy efficiency research is well recognized and continues to grow.
The university was recently selected by the Department of Energy as a site for a new Energy Frontier
Research Center, the Center on Materials for Energy Efficiency Applications, which will be housed in
the newly established Institute for Energy Efficiency, one of only a few research institutes focused on
developing demand-side technologies.
Centers that comprise energy research at UC Santa Barbara include:
Institute for Energy Efficiency
Developing technologies that will provide exponential gains in energy efficiency in Buildings, Lighting,
Computing, Electronics & Photonics, Energy Production & Storage and research and
analysis of Economic and Policy issues associated with these technologies.
Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation