Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Berkeley Lab’s General Purpose Lab New Home for Battery Research

The San Jose Mercury News recently took a look at Berkeley Lab’s new General Purpose Laboratory building, noting that it will be home to the Lab’s portion of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research battery hub. Researchers Venkat Srinivasan and Brett Helms gave the reporter an overview of what to expect in the coming years. More>

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Health Benefits of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Quantified

Research team calculated that the economic benefit of reduced health impacts from GHG reduction strategies in the U.S. range between $6 and $14 billion annually in 2020, depending on how the reductions are accomplished. This equates to a health benefit of between $40 and $93 per metric ton of carbon dioxide reduction. More>

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Air Force Base Touts First Working Vehicle-to-Grid Interconnection

Soon, for the first time, a group of researchers will connect a fleet of plug-in electric vehicles to the electricity grid in southern California in a test of the connected fleet’s ability to provide the grid with power and excess storage capacity. The fleet at LA Air Force Base will use a system developed in part by Berkeley Lab. More>

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Lab China Energy Group Finds Historic U.S.-China Climate Agreement Relatively ‘Ambitious’

Lynn Price, leader of the group, said: “When we compare China’s 2030 target to the results of a number of recent or ongoing studies of China’s energy and emissions pathways to 2050, this appears to be a relatively ambitious date to achieve a CO2 emissions peak and implies a meaningful effort beyond business-as-usual.” More>

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Toxic Airborne Pollutants Linger Long After Cigarette Smoke Clears

A new study assessing the health effects of thirdhand smoke looked at levels of more than 50 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and airborne particles for 18 hours after smoking had taken place. Researchers found that thirdhand smoke continues to have harmful health impacts for many hours after a cigarette has been extinguished. More>

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EETD’s Adam Weber Honored With Tobias Young Investigator Award

Presented by the Electrochemical Society, the award recognizes outstanding scientific or engineering work, or both, in fundamental or applied electrochemistry by a young scientist or engineer. More>

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