Today at Berkeley Lab

ETA’s Amrose is Developing Modular Arsenic-Removal System for Water

10 years ago, Susan Amrose remembers passing a class that Berkeley Lab’s Ashok Gadgil was teaching on Design for Sustainable Communities. She sat in on the first class, and wound up staying the semester. Today she teaches the course and has teamed with Gadgil and Robert Kostecki to create an electrochemical arsenic remediation prototype. More>

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KQED Shines Career Spotlight on ETA’s Vi Rapp

Vi Rapp is a research scientist with the Lab’s Energy Technologies Area. She has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and focuses her research on improving combustion systems. One aspect of her work is designing cleaner, more efficient cookstoves. More>

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Better Batteries From Berkeley Lab’s Work With Industry

Private industry can more easily take advantage of Lab resources via CalCharge, a unique public-private partnership uniting California’s battery technology companies with academic and government resources. Venkat Srinivasan will discuss next-generation batteries at the AAAS conference on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 1:30 p.m. More>

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Lab’s Researchers Co-Write Op-Ed on Climate Change and Health

In a recent study, Jeff Greenblatt, Dev Millstein, and others, examined the potential health care savings from reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction in particulate matter could potentially save between $6 and $14 billion in health care costs in 2020. More>

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Jeff Greenblatt Answers Greenhouse Gas Emissions Questions

On the heels of a recent news release on Jeff Greenblatt’s research, “California’s Policies Can Significantly Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions through 2030,” Berkeley Lab’s social media followers were asked to submitted their own “Ask A Scientist” questions around greenhouse gas emissions.

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Covering Parking Lots With Solar Panels to Cut Down on Heat

According to Lab research, 35 to 50 percent of a city’s surface is pavement, and of that, 40 percent are parking lots. Berkeley Lab’s Haley Gilbert said this results in an environmentally damaging cycle of heat energy. But there is a solution…covering parking lots with solar panel roofs. More>

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Reorganization of Energy Technologies Area Announced

The area’s four new divisions include these former EETD departments: Building Technologies and Urban Systems, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts, and Energy Storage and Distributed Resources. A new division, Renewable Generation, is being developed. More>

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Q&A With EETD’s Iain Walker on Insulation as an Energy Saver

Walker, with the Residential Building Systems Group, offers advice to homeowners on the best ways to insulate. Walker’s research focuses on how things like ventilation and air leakage impact a home’s energy use and indoor air quality. More>

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Lab Illuminates Price Premiums for U.S. Solar Home Sales

Researchers have found that home buyers consistently have been willing to pay more for homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems —averaging about $4 per watt of PV installed—across various states, housing and PV markets, and home types. This equates to a premium of about $15,000 for a typical PV system. More>

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In Memoriam: EETD’s Tihomir (Tica) Novakov (1929-2015)

Novakov, a Serbian-American physicist, passed away as a result of natural causes at the age of 85 on Jan. 2. He was a distinguished member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a Senior Scientist with Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. More>

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