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UCLA, USC & Local Companies Win Federal Money for Clean Energy Research

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The White House this afternoon announced $22 million in awards that will go to 11 California projects, six which are in the Los Angeles region, that will supposedly advance clean energy technologies.

USC was awarded nearly $1.5 million to team up with the Jet Propulsion Lab to "develop a high-performance rechargeable battery for large-scale energy storage on the electricity grid." UCLA got a half million to find a solution to cooling buildings by using less energy and by avoiding the use of refrigerants. Material Methods in Irvine recieved about $400,000 to "demonstrate a refrigerator that pumps heat using sound waves."

The money comes from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency.