Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Pursues Low-Cost Hydrogen Generation

To mark Hydrogen Day, celebrated on Oct. 8 since its atomic weight is 1.008, we feature researchers Adam Weber and Nem Danilovic, who believe hydrogen can play a major role in a clean energy system. They, along with scientists at the Molecular Foundry and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, are pursuing low-cost efficient technologies for hydrogen generation. More>

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Leaf@NERSC to Compete in Smogathon Semifinal Oct. 3

Eight technologies – including Leaf@NERSC, a student research project led by Daniel Yunn Gens of NERSC Operations – will compete in the U.S. Smogathon Global Semifinal at UC Berkeley’s Banatao Auditorium, on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Get free tickets here to see some of the best teams pitch their solutions to indoor and outdoor air pollution in front of experts, including Energy Technologies’ Lara Gundel.

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Berkeley Lab Aims to Strengthen the Cybersecurity of the Grid

As the grid modernizes, communications between the grid and solar panels will standardize, providing both better resiliency as well as a vulnerability that could be exploited by hackers. A new Lab project led by Sean Peisert and Dan Arnold will develop tools to detect and counter cyber attacks on the grid. The project has been awarded up to $2.5 million by DOE. More>

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Steve Chu Gives ETA Distinguished Lecture on Oct. 5

Stanford professor and Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu will discuss “Climate Change and Technical Paths to a Sustainable Future” at 1 p.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium as part of the Energy Technologies Area’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Chu is the former U.S. Energy Secretary and Berkeley Lab director. For those unable to attend in person, view a live stream here. More>

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Postdoc Awareness Week: 10 Things You Should Know About Dimitri Panagopoulos

A researcher with the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impact Division, Panagopoulos has swum where very few others have dared go, dreams of sailing in an ancient vessel, and used to serve food during very sad occasions. Learn more about Panagopoulos here.

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ETA Contributes to Energy Standards for Computer Servers

The Energy Technology Areas’ Industrial Applications team recently contributed to the development of NSF 426, an international standard for environmental leadership in the design and manufacture of computer servers. It includes criteria for certification to ISO 5001, which supports market-driven adoption of energy management best practices in manufacturing supply chains. More>

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‘Utility-Scale Solar 2016’ Report Finds Solar Power Increasingly Competitive

The Lab’s “Utility Scale Solar 2016” report on U.S. large ground-mounted solar projects explores trends in deployment and project design, installed project prices, operating costs, capacity factors, and power purchase agreement (PPA) prices (now under $30/MWh). More>

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Sept. 29 ETA Lecture on Navigating the New Economy Under Climate Change

Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism Solutions will present “Navigating the Mother of All Disruptions” at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. She will discuss how researchers from many disciplines will play a role in developing a strategy for weathering perhaps the greatest transition since the industrial revolution. The talk is part of ETA’s Distinguished Lectures series. More>

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Arian Aghajanzadeh Receives Clean Energy Leadership Institute Fellowship

Arian Aghajanzadeh, with ETA’s Building & Industrial Applications Department, has been selected to participate in the highly competitive Clean Energy Leadership Institute’s Fall 2017 Fellowship Training Program. He develops methodologies and software tools for demand response potential and energy efficiency impact estimation. More>

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Lynn Price Wins 2017 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry Award

Lynn Price has been given the 2017 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry Award by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy. The Champion award recognizes outstanding achievement and leadership in the field of industrial energy efficiency. More>

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