David Danielson, Assistant DOE Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, visited the Lab Monday to tour FLEXLAB, the Facility for Low-Energy experiments in Buildings, and to meet with executives of Webcor. The construction firm is partnering with FLEXLAB to test building energy performance for a new building for Genentech. The research will take place in FLEXLAB’s rotating testbed, a unit that rotates 270 degrees to allow the study of building energy use in a variety of orientations relative to the sun. Danielson also met with Lab researchers and Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and toured the Molecular Foundry. More>
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The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is now accepting applications for postdoctoral researchers in solar energy to participate in the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards. The program supports emerging scientific leaders focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy to help solve our nation’s energy challenges. This year, up to five recent Ph.D. recipients will get the opportunity to conduct applied research projects to advance breakthrough solar energy technologies at universities, national laboratories and other research facilities. More>
Acting Director Cheryl Martin of DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (APRA-E)] will present the agency’s approach to catalyzing energy research Wednesday, March 26, at 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Martin will also discuss innovation ecosystems — entrepreneurs and resources focused on bringing new technologies to the world — and how crucial these ecosystems are for moving research to the marketplace and attracting development funding. ARPA-E advances early stage, high impact energy technologies. Berkeley Lab ARPA-E funded projects include smart window startup Heliotrope and energy modeler RAPMOD, among others.
The questions came minute-by-minute last Friday as Berkeley Lab’s Eric Linder and physicists from SLAC and Fermilab participated in a one-hour, DOE-organized twitter chat on dark energy. Questions ranged from what is dark energy to what tools and instruments are used to study it. If you’re curious about how a conversation on dark energy can occur in 140-character segments, go here to see a recap of Berkeley Lab’s participation in the twitter chat.
A research team from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley appeared on Capitol Hill last week to show off their innovation in energy efficiency: a backpack-mounted system for quickly mapping energy use throughout a building and identifying ways to reduce it. Those who stopped by to check it out included Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and ARPA-E Acting Director Cheryl Martin. More>
Jill Fuss of Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division participated in a March 5 Google+ Hangout that showcased how women in STEM are changing the world, and addressed the shortage of women and girls engaged in STEM fields. The event, organized by NASA and the Energy Department, featured Fuss and three other women scientists and engineers answering questions from a classroom and online viewers.
On Friday, the Department of Energy will host a Twitter #LabChat on dark energy — the theoretical force that is causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate — at 9 a.m. PST (noon ET). We’ll be joined by Fermilab scientist Brian Nord, a member of the Dark Energy Survey collaboration and host of the website DarkEnergyDetectives.org, and Berkeley Lab scientist Eric Linder, an expert on dark energy and the accelerating universe. Between now and Friday, submit your questions to @energy using the hashtag #labchat, leave a comment on Facebook.com/energygov, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
As part of the rollout of the Obama administration’s budget for 2015, Department of Energy Secretary Moniz will hold a press conference at today 11:30 a.m. PST (2:30 Eastern). The press conference will be followed by a brief Q&A session. Go here to watch the live stream.
The Amazon Basin in South America includes the most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest on the planet, covering 5.5 million square kilometers. The sheer size of the Amazon rainforest creates a strong impact on the climate in the Southern Hemisphere and is a primary driver of global atmospheric circulation. Scientific collaborators from the United States, Brazil, and Germany, have begun a two-year study in the Amazon Basin. Data obtained during the Green Ocean Amazon, or GOAmazon, field campaign will enable scientists look at the intricacies of the natural state of the Amazon rainforest atmosphere and land systems, and how these may be perturbed by human influences. More>
To date, 22 Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) projects have attracted more than $625 million in private-sector follow-on funding after ARPA-E’s investment of approximately $95 million. ARPA-E earlier this week hosted a summit and technology showcase. As part of that event, four project videos were debuted, one of which, on biofuels, mentions the Joint BioEnergy Institute, Jim Kirby (Physical Biosciences), and Christer Janssen (Earth Sciences). More>