Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Honored for Work on Zero Net Energy Buildings

Berkeley Lab was recently honored with a Green Leadership Award at the 12th Annual Green California Summit in Sacramento. The Lab’s Energy Technologies Area was highlighted for innovative breakthroughs in the energy efficiency category for research aimed at helping California meet its zero net energy building goals, while ensuring adequate indoor air quality and ventilation. More>

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Video Series Supports Global Cookstove Research

In response to requests from around the world, the Lab has developed a series of training videos for building, calibrating, and validating a high-quality testing facility for efficiency and emissions of biomass cookstoves. The series supports researchers who want to build or improve their own testing facilities, and it promotes robust data collection in cookstove research centers globally. More>

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National Bike Month Profile of Recumbent Cyclist Scott Young

Scott Young of the Energy Technologies Division likes biking daily to work because of the “built-in” exercise it provides, and the sense of freedom it brings. His tips for safe commuting? Try to use low-traffic streets when possible, and constantly watch what’s going on around you. Scott is also a member of the Berkeley Lab Bike Buddy program to aid other cyclists. More>

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Marta Gonzalez’s Work on Electric Vehicle Charging Featured in Nature Energy

ETA researcher Marta Gonzalez’s paper titled “Planning for Electric Vehicle Needs by Coupling Charging Profiles With Urban Mobility” was recently published in Nature Energy. The paper highlights energy and cost-saving recommendations to increase commute efficiency while decreasing peak energy demands. Gonzalez is also a professor at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. More>

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Early Career LDRD Spotlight: Hanna Breunig on Turning Waste Into Fuel

With funding from an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) award, Hanna Breunig of the Energy Technologies Area is looking for affordable ways to clean and store methane-containing emissions. She will use the funds to create a new research program that connects industry and policymakers. More>

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Largest Ever Database of U.S. Wind Turbines Released

In collaboration with the American Wind Energy Association and the U.S. Geological Survey, Lab researchers led by Ben Hoen have released the most comprehensive publicly available database yet of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics. The United States Wind Turbine Database will allow unparalleled ability for government agencies and others to make planning decisions. More>

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In Today’s ‘Throw-Away’ Society, Goudey Works to Create a ‘Culture of Repair’

Howdy Goudey of the Energy Technologies Area has always enjoyed tinkering, so he was intrigued when he first heard about “fixit clinics” — community events where people bring small broken items to get free repair help from fixit “coaches.” Goudey now volunteers as a coach with the nonprofit Fixit Clinic organization at numerous Bay Area events. More>

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Modeling Energy Efficiency Block by Block in Cities

Evaluating buildings as a group, rather than individually, can help optimize energy savings in cities. To aid this effort, the Energy Technologies Area’s Tianzhen Hong has introduced CityBES, a data and computing platform that can assess energy efficient retrofits for sets of properties and visualize their performance. He recently assessed 940 buildings in San Francisco. More>

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Lab Contributes to Study on State Fossil Fuel Emissions

Lab researchers Marc Fischer, Seongeun Jeong, and Xinguang Cui contributed to a study led by Imperial College London that reported a new technique to estimate CO2 emissions from fossil fuels using atmospheric measurements, tested over three months in California. This is the first time fossil fuel emissions have been independently checked for such a large area. More>

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Scientists Working to Help Arizona Beat the Heat With Painted Asphalt

Scientists said they were experimenting with using white paint over black asphalt as a way of cutting temperatures in the Phoenix area. Ronnen Levinson of the Energy Technologies Area said it could possibly reduce the heat island effect, a term given to urban areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. More>

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