Today at Berkeley Lab

Ravi Prasher Named Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies

Ravi Prasher has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy Technologies Area. The announcement follows an international search led by Horst Simon, Deputy Director for Research. Prasher, an internationally renowned scientist in the field of thermal energy science and technologies, has been director of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division since 2015. More>

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Former Lab Researcher Elected Mayor of Mexico City

On July 1, former Lab researcher Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo became the first woman to be elected mayor of Mexico City. She won nearly 50% of the vote in a field of seven candidates. She will take office on Dec. 1. She worked at the Lab from 1991-1994 in the International Energy Studies Group. More>

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Unleashing the Potential of Offshore Wind

Large-scale deployment of offshore wind has emerged as a significant energy resource. Turbines are being installed farther and farther offshore, where visual impacts (a frequent impediment to wind development) are reduced and winds are stronger and steadier. A recent Berkeley Lab study states that the total value in the Northeastern U.S. of potential offshore wind projects exceeds that of land-based wind. More>

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Cost of Saving Electricity Remains Low, ETA Study Finds

Energy savings programs offered by utilities — from residential lighting and appliance rebates to programs for small businesses — help ensure reliability on the grid at the most affordable cost, according to a study just released by the Electricity Markets & Policy Group at Berkeley Lab. The analysis found the average cost for U.S. utilities to save a kilowatt-hour is 2.5 cents. More>

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DOE Awards Berkeley Lab $800,000 for Low-Cost Desalination System

A team led by ETA’s Robert Kostecki is one of 14 awardees whose research is focused on reducing the cost of solar-thermal desalination and helping the technology reach new markets, including areas that are not connected to the electric grid. More>

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Former Lab Researcher Poised to Become Mayor of Mexico City

Until three years ago, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo worked as an environmental engineer. Now with a 20-point lead in the polls ahead of the July 1 election, she is poised to become mayor of Mexico City. Sheinbaum Pardo spent four years as a Ph.D. student at Berkeley Lab, comparing energy consumption in Mexico and other industrialized countries. She collaborated with ETA’s Lynn Price. More>

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Journal Lauds Pollution-Mapping Paper

A study that included Berkeley Lab researchers has been named among the best of 2017 in a new ranking from Environmental Science & Technology, one of the leading journals in its field. “High-Resolution Air Pollution Mapping With Google Street View Cars: Exploiting Big Data” was the top environmental technology paper in ES&T’s roundup, which also named top papers in three other categories. More>

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Better Ventilation Could Boost Student Performance

Indoor air quality in schools — which has been linked to student performance — often fails to meet minimum standards, according to an analysis from Berkeley Lab. The review conducted by ETA’s Bill Fiske documents poor ventilation and elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide in schools across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. More>

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Find a Cool Way to Save Water

Saving water may be as simple as changing the type of roof you have, two Berkeley Lab scientists have discovered. That might sound far-fetched, but their new study about “cool” roofs showed for the first time that it’s possible — and it could save California cities millions of gallons of water each year. More>

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‘Super Window’ Could Save $10 Billion Annually in Energy Costs

About $20 billion worth of energy leaks out of windows in the United States each winter. ETA researchers Steve Selkowitz, Charlie Curcija, and Robert Hart are now working with manufacturers to bring to market a “super window” that is at least twice as insulating as 99 percent of the windows for sale today and will be ready to achieve mass-market status. More>

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