The Department of Energy recently released its 2014 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency’s core mission of ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The plan is organized into 12 strategic areas aimed at three objectives: science and energy, nuclear security and management and performance. These objectives represent the broad cross-cutting and collaborative efforts taking place across the department’s headquarters, site offices and national laboratories. More>
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BELLA, the Berkeley Laboratory Laser Accelerator Project, the world-record-setting laser system and state-of-the-art scientific facility for the advancement of laser plasma acceleration research, has won a DOE Secretary’s Achievement Award. The project team behind BELLA, which in 2012 delivered a petawatt of power in a pulse just 40 femtoseconds long at a pulse rate of one hertz – one pulse every second, was commended by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for “for outstanding ingenuity and exceptional project performance.” On hand to receive the award at the recent DOE Project Management Workshop were Wim Leemans of AFRD, who is BELLA’s Project Director, and Sergio Zimmermann of Engineering, who is the Project Manager (second and first from left, respectively). Also pictured are Suzanne Suskind, FPD; David Klaus, Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance; and Ted Lavine, SC Program Manager.
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>
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.