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Improvements in energy efficiency reduce energy consumption and the environmental impacts associated with energy production. Opportunities to improve energy efficiency exist throughout the economy in manufacturing, transportation, building management, and other sectors. Energy efficiency improvements can be the result of process intensification, incorporating new lightweight materials or improved coatings, innovations in sensors and controls, and other factors.
In addition to developing technologies that are more energy efficient, SRI has created virtual environments to examine the impact of daylighting on building design and a learning platform that has been used to train weatherization workers.
SRI is developing a system to manage a person's heating and cooling individually, saving energy by not overheating or overcooling areas within a building where the person is not present.
SRI is co-developing a system for cooling water discharge ponds at thermoelectric power plants.
An SRI-led team is improving a new two-step process for the production of transportation fuels from microalgae.
SRI’s mixed salt process uses known solvents in a new way to dramatically improve the economics of carbon capture.