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Secretary Moniz Visits Beijing, Seeks to Continue Collaboration on Green Buildings

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz traveled to Beijing last week to co-chair the U.S. – China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) Steering Committee Meeting. Berkeley Lab leads CERC’s Building Energy Efficiency Consortium, which is entering its fourth year. More>

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Next-Generation Dark Matter Experiments Get the Green Light

The Office of Science and National Science Foundation have announced support for a suite of experiments to search for dark matter that will be many times more sensitive than those currently deployed. These experiments include Berkeley Lab’s LUX-Zeplin (LZ) experiment, located at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. More>

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EFRC’s Affiliated With Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley Receive DOE Funding

Centers for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2 (Berkeley Lab) and Gas Separations Relevant to Clean Energy Technologies (UC Berkeley) part of $100 million grant. More>

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Lab Scientists Participate in DOE-Convened Twitter Chat on Microgrids

What is a microgrid? Can they be used in developing countries? EETD scientists helped answer these questions and more during one-hour Q&A. More>

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Lab Scientists Participate in Microgrid Twitter Chat Today at 11 a.m.

EETD’s Michael Stadler & Chris Marney join discussion; part of DOE ‘How Energy Works’ series. More>

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DOE Hosts Accelerator Safety Workshop

Event takes place August 5-7; discount registration deadline is July 5. More>

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Berkeley Lab Takes Over DOE’s Instagram Account

Yesterday, the Public Affairs Department was given the keys to the Department of Energy’s Instagram account, a popular photo-sharing site. The occasion was used to capture a day in the life of Molecular Foundry Director Jeff Neaton, from his bus ride to work, to seminars and meetings, to conversations around a whiteboard (and of course a turkey sighting). See out the photos here, and check out Berkeley Lab’s Instagram account. Got ideas about ways to use social media to highlight Berkeley Lab? Contact Kelly Owen.

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DOE Releases 2014 Strategic Plan

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 Wins Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award

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.

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EERE’s David Danielson Visits Lab to Help Launch FLEXLAB Research Project

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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