Today at Berkeley Lab

Video of Secretary Moniz’s Speech to the National Press Club

In one of his final public speaking appearances in Washington, Moniz discussed how an increased focus on science and research and development has informed better policymaking and technology solutions, and how to protect the independence and integrity of scientists at the DOE and its 17 National Labs. He also unveiled the “State of the National Labs” report. Video>

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DOE Releases First-Ever State of the National Labs Report

The report highlights the accomplishments and capabilities of the National Labs, evaluates some of the improvements DOE has made in recent years in its management and coordination with the labs, and charts a course for the future. Berkeley Lab is highlighted in several areas of the report. More>

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DOE Report on Quantum Materials for Energy Relevant Technology Now Available

The “Basic Research Needs Report on Quantum Materials” that Berkeley Lab Senior Science Writer (retired) Lynn Yarris worked on for the Office of Science on behalf of the Lab is now online and can be viewed here. It includes design work by Public Affairs Creative Services’s Susan Brand.

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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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