The bad news: a major transformation of our current energy supply system is needed in order to avoid a dangerous increase in global temperatures. The good news: the technologies needed to get there are mostly readily available. These are some of the main conclusions reached by Berkeley Lab experts and their Working Group III co-authors on the Fifth Assessment Report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Lab contributors included Jayant Sathaye, Ryan Wiser, Ashok Gadgil, Lynn Price, James McMahon, Ali Hasanbeigi, and Stephane de la Rue Du Can, all of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. More>
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David Danielson, Assistant DOE Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, visited the Lab Monday to tour FLEXLAB, the Facility for Low-Energy experiments in Buildings, and to meet with executives of Webcor. The construction firm is partnering with FLEXLAB to test building energy performance for a new building for Genentech. The research will take place in FLEXLAB’s rotating testbed, a unit that rotates 270 degrees to allow the study of building energy use in a variety of orientations relative to the sun. Danielson also met with Lab researchers and Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and toured the Molecular Foundry. More>
V2G Sim, a vehicle-to-grid simulation program developed by EETD researchers, will help government authorities, power markets, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders harness the resource offered by the growing fleet of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The PEV fleet can be used to avoid potential shortages of electricity during peak times, and provide extra storage capacity when the grid is generating more than it needs to satisfy demand. Learn more about the research here.
Cleantech Open, the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech startups, is hosting a dinner presentation on “The Year of the Battery: Taking Batteries From Bottleneck to Breakthrough” on Wednesday, April 23, in Fremont. The event, which will focus on battery innovation challenges, initiatives, and financing models, includes Berkeley Lab researcher Venkat Srinivasan, who heads the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Department in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Go here for more information and to register.
The editors of Engineering News-Record magazine have given Stephen Selkowitz the 2014 Award of Excellence “for relentlessly working to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings and for moving the nation toward better building performance, as well as for being the master of commercializing energy-efficient building technologies and the mastermind of FLEXLAB,” the Facility for Low-Energy eXperimens in Buildings located at Berkeley Lab. More>
The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) is throwing its second annual Cleanweb Hackathon, which builds software-based business solutions and open-source code by introducing talented hackers to today’s energy and resource challenges. Join other developers, designers, data scientists, and environmental experts and compete April 18 to 20 to build apps under two themes: 1) Water: Solving California’s Water Crisis and 2) Energy: Revolutionizing Building Energy Efficiency. Go here to register. A seminar on the event takes place Wednesday at noon in Building 90-3122.
Environmental Energy Technologies Division Director Ashok Gadgil has been honored by UC Berkeley’s International House as Alumni of the Year. He shares the recognition with philanthropist Wendy Schmidt. Gadgil lived at International House in the 1970s. “Living at International House is a kind of experimental laboratory where over lunch or doing laundry new relationships and new ideas can spark at any moment. It is a special place with its own remarkable energy.” Gadgil and Schmidt will receive their award at a gala fundraiser on April 10. More>
What makes cities in India and China so frustrating to drive in—heavy traffic, aggressive driving style, few freeways — makes them ideal for saving fuel with hybrid vehicles, according to new research by scientists at Berkeley Lab. In a pair of studies using real-world driving conditions, they found that hybrid cars are significantly more fuel-efficient in India and China than they are in the United States. More>
The Department of Energy Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing has developed and is implementing the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Program, designed to increase the energy efficiency of industrial facilities through implementation of an energy management system based on the ISO 50001 energy management system standard and by obtaining third-party verification of the resulting energy performance improvements. EETD researchers Peter Therkelsen and Aimee McKane are helping to assess the costs and benefits of industrial facilities being certified to the SEP program, and to examine the business value of SEP and ISO 50001. More>
Environmental Energy Technologies Division graduate student researcher and UC Berkeley Civil Engineering student Hanna Breunig has been named one of 16 Schmidt MacArthur Fellows for 2014. The Fellowship program, a joint initiative between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the U.K. and the Schmidt Family Foundation in the U.S., is designed for postgraduate students and academics from leading international design, engineering & business schools focusing on sustainability. More>