Today at Berkeley Lab

Creating Buildings That Breathe Cleanly to Limit Indoor Air Pollution

The increase in indoor air pollution is an unfortunate side effect of well-meaning efforts to reduce energy use. As buildings are made more and more airtight to increase efficiency, they can trap dangerous chemicals and gases. “We need to make our buildings more energy efficient,” says ETA’s William Fisk, “but we need to do it in a way that protects our indoor environment.” More>

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Not All Cool Pavements Are Created Equal

Cool pavements can help keep cities cool, right? Yes, but according to new research by ETA’s Heat Island Group, which included a 50-year life cycle assessment of different pavement types, many reflective pavements have some unexpected drawbacks relative to conventional pavements when considering the entire life cycle of the materials. More> 

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Postdoc Dimitrios Panagopoulos Wins Scholarship

Panagopoulos (Energy Technologies Area) received a $35,000 scholarship from the Sweden-America Foundation to support his work at the Lab and in collaborations with Swedish scientists. The research focuses on human exposure to chemicals from artificial turf in sports arenas. The Foundation supports the exchange of science between Sweden, the U.S. and Canada. More>

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Ronnen Levinson Speaking at State Air Resources Board Seminar on May 3

Levinson, a staff scientist in the Lab’s Energy Technologies Area, will lead a seminar titled “Life-Cycle Assessment and Co-Benefits of Cool Pavements” on May 3, at 2 p.m., in the Sierra Hearing Room of the Cal EPA headquarters in Sacramento. The event will also be viewable as a live webcast. For more information, go here.

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Can Driving Apps Make Traffic Worse? ETA’s Alex Bayen on KALW’s Crosscurrents

Alex Bayen, the director of UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies and a researcher in the Lab’s Energy Technologies Area, was recently featured in a news segment titled “Driving apps like Waze are creating new traffic problems” for Crosscurrents, an award-winning daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. More>

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Energy-Efficient Windows Co-Developed by the Lab Are Saving Americans Billions

According to a recent article published on a Department of Energy website, more than 50% of window sales in the commercial market and 80% of the sales in the residential market incorporate low-E coatings, an energy-saving technology developed in partnership with Berkeley Lab that can reduce window energy use by 30-40%. More>

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Rocky Mountain Institute Brief Cites Berkeley Lab Report

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.

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Susan Synarski and Lambda Alliance Featured in New National Lab Website

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.

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New Berkeley Lab Project Turns Waste Heat to Electricity

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>

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Earth Month Event: Explore the Lab’s Energy Data at April 11 Seminar

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.

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