Berkeley Lab, in partnership with UC Berkeley and UC Irvine, is part of a new, five-year, multi-million dollar international research consortium that tackles water-related aspects of energy production and use. The consortium is called the Clean Energy Research Center for Water Energy Technologies (CERC-WET) and is led by Ashok Gadgil. More>
On November 3, Berkeley Lab – in collaboration with the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, CalCharge, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Bay Area Council – will host a day long summit on the state of energy storage technology, focusing on the path forward to technological advances and increased deployment of new solutions. To register, go here. For more on the summit, go here.
Jay Keasling, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences and CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), has been named by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a winner of this year’s Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation.
Former Lab Director Charles Shank is receiving the 2014 DOE’s Fermi Award, a Presidential honor recognizing the recipient for career achievement in science and technology. Shank is a key pioneer in the field of ultrafast science and is being honored for his leadership and service. Read a profile of him here.
UC Berkeley is spearheading a $12.3 million project beginning next year that intends to examine how sorghum reacts to drought. The DOE funded project aims to use epigenetics to determine what genetic advantages sorghum may possess over other crops in drought conditions. The work involves the Joint Genome Institute’s Chia-Lin Wei and Devin Coleman-Derr. More>