Today at Berkeley Lab

ABC 7 News Features Story on Filtration System for Arsenic-Concentrated Water

As the drought focuses new attention on California’s well water, a Bay Area start-up based on Lab-developed technology has come up with a way to make that water safer to drink, especially for small communities that don’t have an alternative. More>

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Studies Find Significant Declines in Price of Rooftop, Utility-Scale Solar

The price of solar energy in the United States continues to fall substantially, according to the latest editions of two annual reports produced by the Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Installed prices for residential and commercial PV systems completed in 2013 fell by roughly $0.70 per watt (W) or 12 to 15 percent from the prior year. More>

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Lab’s First Citizen-Science Project Launched: Range Hood Roundup

Help EETD’s Indoor Air Quality group gather information about cooking patterns and kitchen ventilation by sending them data collected from your home. The information will aid the development of recommendations to reduce pollution and improve health via building codes and standards. Go here to take the round up. Send the link to friends and family as well.

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Ashok Gadgil Gives CITRIS Research Exchange Talk

EETD Director will discuss “Lessons Learned from Drinking Water Treatment, Fuel-Efficient Cookstoves, and Energy Efficient Lights,” at noon on Sept. 10 at the Banatao Auditorium on campus. The lecture will also be webcast. The talk is hosted by the Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). More>

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Energy Efficiency Can Help Your Finances

From upgrading your HVAC systems to taking another look at insulation, fixes of all sizes can increase comfort and savings. Good Energy spoke to EETD’s Max Sherman about why it’s crucial for homeowners to invest in energy saving measures now for a more stable financial future. More>

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Cool Roofs in China Can Save Energy and Reduce Emissions

Working with Chinese researchers, the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab has conducted the first comprehensive study of cool roofs in China and concluded that they would be effective in substantially reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in climate zones with hot summers. More>

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Zombie Servers and Inefficiency Drive Energy Waste at Data Centers

EETD’s Bill Tschudi is quoted in a National Geographic story about a recent study that shows up to 30 percent of the nation’s 12 million data center machines are drawing power without actually doing anything. More>

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Kit Brings Energy Management to Small Commercial Buildings

Scientists at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division have developed a package of simple analytical steps—and a strategy—designed to bring better energy management and efficiency improvements by way of the service providers who are already taking care of these buildings: the HVAC contractors. More>

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Energy Efficiency Measurement 2.0: An Interview with William Miller

In this Q&A, former PG&E analyst and current EETD researcher explores how evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy efficiency program can leverage a new era of technologies, big data, and the smart grid. More>

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Lab Named ‘Champion of Energy Efficiency’

The award was conferred at the biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Lab was cited for “four decades of leadership of leadership in R&D, helping to improve building technology and systems in collaboration with industry and state.” More>

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