Today at Berkeley Lab

Applications Open for the ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Energy Technologies Area (ETA) invites applications for a distinguished postdoctoral fellowship opportunity. The focus of this year’s call is on water-energy technologies research. Applicants must identify a mentor in ETA. Applications are due Nov. 1. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

August 22 ETA Distinguished Lecture on Climate Change Policy

Jonathan Pershing of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will speak on “Evolving Climate Change Policy: a U.S. and International Perspective” on August 22 at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. He will discuss the evolution of climate change policy — domestically and internationally — and assess the future needs for research, technology development and policy. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Berkeley Lab Report Confirms Wind Energy Pricing at All-Time Low

Wind energy pricing for land-based, utility-scale projects remains attractive to utility and commercial purchasers, according to an annual report released by the Department of Energy and prepared by Berkeley Lab. Prices offered by newly built wind projects in the United States are averaging around 2 cents per kilowatt-hour, driven lower by technology advancements and cost reductions. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Improved Air Conditioners to Reduce Climate Change Pollutants

The New York Times recently featured a report by ETA’s Nihar Shah, which reviews the regulatory frameworks, energy efficiency standards, and labeling programs in 18 countries that account for roughly 65% of global AC demand. Shah previously found that improvements could roughly double the 89.7 gigatons of expected emissions savings from switching refrigerant alone. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Lab Researchers’ Infant Warmer a Finalist for Award; Cast Your Vote

ETA’s Ashok Gadgil and Vi Rapp are “Saving Lives at Birth People’s Choice Award” finalists for their non-electric infant warmer. Forty percent of the 2.9 million deaths of newborns globally each year is attributable to hypothermia. Winning the award would fund a study to bring the warmers to hospitals in Rwanda. Go here to vote (select “Children’s Hospital Corporation,” 7th from top).

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Energy Technologies’ Lynn Price Retires from Berkeley Lab

ETA’s Lynn Price retired from Berkeley Lab on June 29, and has stepped down as acting director of the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts (EAEI) Division as well as head of the International Energy Analysis Department in the Energy Technologies Area. Tom Kirchstetter will serve as acting EAEI division director. Nan Zhou will succeed Price as the International Energy Analysis department head.

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

India’s EV Drive Will Boost Power Utilities, Increase Energy Security

India is aiming to sell only electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030. But what impact will that shift have on the country’s utilities and the grid? A new report led by Nikit Abhyankar of ETA’s International Studies Group has found that the prospective EV expansion will deliver economic benefits, help integrate renewable energy, and significantly reduce imports of foreign oil. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Gas Plants or Renewables? New Lab Study Helps Utilities Compare the Risks

A study by Energy Technologies’ Mark Bolinger offers a new way for utilities and independent power producers to decide between investing in renewables and natural gas generation. The study’s “statistical concept” quantifies the probable risks of each resource, and factors them into a levelized cost of energy comparison. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

New York ‘Living Lab’ Achieves Huge Energy Savings

By using advanced lighting and automated shades, Lab scientists led by Eleanor Lee were able to reduce lighting energy usage by up to 80 percent on one floor of a high-rise building in New York City. Working with a nonprofit, they set up a “living lab” to test four sets of technologies on a 40,000-square-foot floor. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

ETA’s Ahmet Kusoglu Wins ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship

The fellowship, a partnership between the Electrochemical Society and the Toyota Research Institute of North America, is awarded to young scholars pursuing innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology. Kusoglu of the Energy Storage & Distributed Systems Division was recognized for his research on ionomer composites with active self-reinforcement. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.