Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Gets $1 Million Biomass Grant From State Energy Commission

The monies will fund research and match waste biomass sources in California with electrical grid, industrial, building power, and waste heat needs. By combining generation with need for hot air or hot water, neighboring plants can make more efficient use of local resources. More>

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Why Seashell’s Mineral Forms Differently in Seawater

For almost a century, scientists have wondered why calcium carbonate, the tough material of seashells and corals, sometimes take the form of calcite, and other times a chemically identical form of the mineral called aragonite. The Lab’s Kristin Persson and Wei Chen helped MIT researchers find the answer. More>

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Lab’s China Energy Group Featured in New Asia Society Report

The report, “A Vital Partnership: California and China Collaborating on Clean Energy and Combating Climate Change,” features the China Energy Group’s work as a successful example of collaboration with Chinese state agencies. The report was launched at an event featuring Jerry Brown, Steve Chu, and China Energy Group head Lynn Price. More>

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Gadgil, Salmeron, Wieman Receive APS Awards

Ashok Gadgil received the Leo Sziler Lectureship Award, Miquel Salmeron received the Germer Prize in Surface Physics, and Howard Wieman (now retired) received the Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics. More>

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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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