“Challenges at the Frontiers of Matter and Energy: Transformative Opportunities for Discovery Science” outlines five research opportunities with the potential to transform key technologies involving matter and energy. Lab scientists who helped produce the report include Don DePaolo, Graham Fleming, William McCurdy, and James Sethian.
The Lab received $334 million and used the funds for such things as the demolition of the Bevatron, creating the BELLA advanced laser plasma accelerator, and constructing the ALS User Support Building (pictured). The jobs created and retained by the Lab and its contractors totaled 2,017. More>
Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall will discuss the energy sector’s resilience to natural and man-made threats, including threats from cyber warfare. She will be in conversation with President and CEO of the Commonwealth Club Gloria Duffy. The talk begins at noon in San Francisco. More>
Former Lab Director Chuck Shank will receive a Fermi Award, one of the U.S. governments oldest and most prestigious science awards, during a DOE ceremony, starting at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT). Go here to view a live stream of the event. Congresswoman Barbara Lee honored Shank’s accomplishments with an official entry into the Congressional Record.
The Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) — led by James Sethian — develops fundamental mathematics and algorithms, delivered as data analysis software that can accelerate scientific discovery. Originally focused on the ALS and Foundry this new funding will help make CAMERA into national DOE resource. More>
As part of EERE’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative, the pilot aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to the market faster by enabling them to access expertise and specialized equipment at DOE’s national labs. More>
JBEI’s Blake Simmons and Kristy Nordahl co-authored a report on the first seven years of research at the DOE’s three Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs). The report describes how the centers, collaborating with the Joint Genome Institute, are addressing the scientific and economic challenges of producing renewable biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass. More>
Lab ALD Don DePaolo co-chaired a DOE report with recommendations on how to accelerate subsurface engineering research for energy purposes. Titled “Controlling Subsurface Fractures and Fluid Flow: A Basic Research Agenda,” the report presents a four-part plan with the overall objective of “adaptive control of subsurface fractures and fluid flow.” More>
David Danielson, assistant EERE secretary writes about the agency’s technology-to-market program called Cyclotron Road, housed at Berkeley Lab. Cyclotron Road focuses on the gap between early-stage energy technology and high-impact commercial outcomes. More>
The Applied Nuclear Physics program is participating in a research project sponsored by Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office to improve gamma radiation sensing technology. Naturally occurring background radiation will be collected with a DOE National Nuclear Security Administration helicopter. More>