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Cyclotron Road’s ‘CalWave’ Runner Up in DOE Wave Energy Contest

AquaHarmonics is the winner of the $1.5 million Wave Energy Prize. CalWave Power Technologies was awarded second place, with a $500,000 cash award. An 18-month design-build-test competition, the Wave Energy Prize focuses on catalyzing the development of game-changing wave energy converters that will ultimately reduce the cost of wave energy. More>

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Message From Director on Presidential Administration Transition

A transition in government is a time of uncertainty for any federally funded organization. I am writing to assure you that the DOE and the National Laboratories have been working together for some time to prepare a transition document that will help the new administration to learn about the tremendous value of the National Lab system. More>

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Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Back Into Fuel

In a new twist for waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous. More>

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New $10 Million Effort to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials

The DOE funds support the launch of the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium, which includes Berkeley Lab. The group will utilize the expertise and capabilities of the national laboratories to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. More>

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Oct. 31 Application Deadline for DOE Berkeley Cleantech University Prize

The DOE Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP) invites student-led teams from universities across the U.S. to submit their innovative cleantech ideas for a chance to partake in a 15-week mentorship program and compete for a $50,000 grand prize. Winners will be selected at the BERC Energy Summit in February. Past CUP Finalists include Cyclotron Road’s OPUS 12 and Cuberg. Apply>

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DOE Announces Consortium for Advanced Biomanufacturing

The DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently established the Agile BioFoundry — a consortium of nine Energy Department national laboratories led by Berkeley Lab. The Biosciences Area’s Nathan Hillson, Blake Simmons, and Todd Pray will be among those leading efforts to standardize and streamline the entire biomanufacturing pipeline. More>

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DOE Awards $1 Million to Berkeley Lab for Microgrid D Project

The award is part of the second phase of the “Optimal Design Support Tool for Remote, Resilient, and Reliable Microgrids” project, which seeks to develop an advanced optimization-based design support tool for AC and/or DC microgrids in remote locations, where utility grids may not be accessible. More>

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Transformational X-Ray Project Takes a Step Forward

A proposed upgrade to the Advanced Light Source — which would provide new views of materials and chemistry at the nanoscale using beams up to 1,000 times brighter than possible now — has cleared the first step in a Department of Energy approval process. The upgrade could enable new explorations of chemical reactions, battery performance, and biological processes. More>

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DOE Announces ‘OneDOE’ Campaign for Diversity & Inclusion

OneDOE is a complex-wide Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) campaign with a mission to build a more inclusive workforce and help the DOE leverage diverse perspectives. The campaign will facilitate a culture of inclusion and build a community based on respect and empowerment in the workplace by bolstering new and existing D&I initiatives across DOE’s complex. More>

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National Lab Directors Council Convenes for Diversity Summit at Brookhaven

The workshop’s theme was “Energy Solutions Will Require Everyone: Inclusion Increases Innovation.” Speakers included DOE Lab directors, Brookhaven Lab staff members, and experts who spoke on topics related to D&I strategies. Berkeley Lab attendees included Director Witherell, and the Diversity & Inclusion office’s Christel Cantlin and Lady Idos. More>

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