The Rocky Mountain Institute released an “Insight Brief” on how to scale home energy financing projects that cites a Berkeley Lab report, “Current Practices in Efficiency Financing: An Overview for State and Local Governments,” by ETA’s Greg Leventis and others. The Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, non-partisan nonprofit that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources.
The National Laboratory Directors’ Council recently launched a website highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories. Under “Meet Our Employees,” Susan Synarski from Energy Technologies Area and the Lambda Alliance (LGBTQ association) are featured as staff members of Berkeley Lab. Click here to learn more.
A new Lab project seeks to efficiently capture waste heat and convert it to electricity, potentially saving California up to $385 million per year. With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission, Vi Rapp and Ravi Prasher (Energy Technologies Area) will work with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system. More>
John Elliott will present “Tools for Change: New Online Tools to See, Understand, and Manage Energy Use at Berkeley Lab.” The talk is an Energy Technologies Area seminar and part of the Lab’s Earth Month celebration. The talk takes place noon to 1 p.m. in Building 90-3122, or tune in via Zoom (see calendar listing). View the Earth Month calendar.
Gadgil, with the Energy Technologies Area, discusses how innovative engineering is improving the lives of refugee women via the Darfur Stove in a program that first aired in 2014. It will air on April 8 at 1 p.m., and April 9 at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. Check here for your service provider’s KQED channel.
The award was established to honor the legacy and impact of Rosenfeld’s advocacy for cooler buildings, cooler cities, and a cooler planet. Rosenfeld, who passed away in January, was a founder of the alliance. Also, the California Energy Commission recently created a video commemorating Rosenfeld’s life.
The Energy Technologies Area hosted an annual institute to advance education for tomorrow’s building technicians. Faculty from community colleges attended “Learning by Doing in Building Technician Education: New Technologies, Teaching Strategies, and Lab Applications.” Using hands-on activities, the group learned about ensuring building comfort and functionality while saving energy. More>
Rosenfeld, who passed away earlier this year, received the Tang Prize for Sustainable Development in 2016 for his many contributions to energy conservation. The Tang Prize Foundation made this documentary film, titled “The Godfather of Energy Efficiency” to honor Rosenfeld’s legacy. Watch>
During the adjournment last week, Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond cited Rosenfeld’s pioneering work to establish the Lab as a leader in energy efficiency research, his service on the Energy Commission, and the “Rosenfeld Effect” that’s kept California’s per capita electricity consumption flat since the 1970s. Watch Skinner’s remarks here, and Thurmond’s here.
What do Teflon frying pans, Goretex jackets, and pizza boxes have in common? They are among the consumer products that still contain toxic flame retardants. Learn more at the “Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond Symposium” on Feb. 10 at UC Berkeley. Among the event organizers is Don Lucas of the Energy Technologies Area. More>