Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Bay Area Air Pollution Tracker Gets National Recognition

The White House recently recognized an innovative air pollution-tracking program led by EETD’s Ron Cohen for its contributions to President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative. Called The Berkeley Atmospheric C02 Observation Network, the project maps air pollution through data collected by CO2 sensors. More>

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Local Market Conditions and Policies Strongly Influence Solar PV Pricing

Differences in local market conditions and policies, and other factors, particularly the size of the system, can lead to wide disparities in what consumers across the United States pay to install solar energy systems on their homes or small businesses, according to a recent study by the Energy Efficiency and Technologies Division. More>

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Air Pollution Down Thanks to California’s Regulation of Diesel Trucks

Ever wonder what’s in the black cloud that emits from some semi trucks that you pass on the freeway? EETD’s Thomas Kirchstetter knows precisely what’s in there, having conducted detailed measurements of thousands of heavy-duty trucks over months at a time at two the Port of Oakland and the Caldecott Tunnel. More>

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Rickshaw Research Reveals Extreme Delhi Pollution

EETD postdoc Joshua Apte conducted an air-pollution monitoring project in the back of a three-wheeled rickshaw in New Delhi, and the findings are alarming. The numbers collected are significantly worse than the ones that already earned Delhi the World Health Organization’s designation as the world’s most polluted city. More>

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EETD Researcher Selected as National Academy Kavli Fellow

Adam Weber of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division attended the U.S Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium held last month, which brings together some of the very best young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. Weber’s current research looks at optimizing fuel-cell performance and lifetime. More>

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If Buildings Could Tell Us What’s Wrong

EETD’s Michael Sohn and colleagues are developing methods of applying Fault Detection and Diagnostics, a technology used routinely in industrial process control, to rapidly diagnose problems in buildings and inform human operators what needs to be fixed before they turn into bigger problems. More>

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