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Cyclotron Road’s Opus 12 Wins Gene Roddenberry Prize

The Roddenberry Foundation, set up in memory of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry, seeds innovation projects through catalyst grants, a fellowship program, and a $1 million challenge. The first-place winner ($400K) is Opus 12, which is developing a process for converting industrial carbon dioxide emissions into useful products, like ethanol, diesel, and gasoline. More>

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Lab Gets $4.6M in Functional Genomics Catalog Project

Berkeley Lab is set to receive $4.6 million over four years as part of an ongoing federally funded project to create a comprehensive catalog for fundamental genomics research. This latest expansion of the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project, or ENCODE 4, is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute. More>

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$5 Million Gift for Lab’s US-China Energy Center, Endowed Chair

The gift for the center, from Jim and Marilyn Simons, focuses on its scientific research and analysis on clean energy solutions for China, such as low-carbon cities, carbon markets, and clean energy system planning and integration. In addition to support for the center, $2 million will go towards creating the Nat Simons Chair in China Energy Policy, to be held by Jiang Lin. More>

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FY2017 LDRD Awards Announcement

$25.2M was allotted to 88 projects from 165 proposals; 37 are new and 51 are continuation projects. Initiatives focus on the water-energy nexus, large scale projects, energy science and technology applications, novel computing technologies, or multi-scale interactions among molecules, microbes, plants, metazoans, the abiotic environment, and their feedbacks. More>

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$30 Million Joint Effort to Improve Solar Module Materials

Anubhav Jain, a scientist focusing on new materials discovery using high-throughput computations, will lead Berkeley Lab’s contribution to DuraMat (Durable Module Materials National Lab Consortium), a new effort with four other national labs to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative, high-performance materials for photovoltaic modules. More>

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New $10 Million Effort to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials

The DOE funds support the launch of the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium, which includes Berkeley Lab. The group will utilize the expertise and capabilities of the national laboratories to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. More>

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$3B Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Grow Science & Transformative Technologies

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg recently announced a 10-year, $3B initiative to eradicate diseases by the end of next century and drive support for science. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is an exciting opportunity for basic science and technology development. Berkeley Lab efforts are being coordinated through a central team of scientists and development staff. More>

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DOE Awards $1 Million to Berkeley Lab for Microgrid D Project

The award is part of the second phase of the “Optimal Design Support Tool for Remote, Resilient, and Reliable Microgrids” project, which seeks to develop an advanced optimization-based design support tool for AC and/or DC microgrids in remote locations, where utility grids may not be accessible. More>

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Advanced Light Source, Foundry to Play Role in 2 New NSF-Funded Centers

The National Science Foundation’s five-year awards for Science and Technology Centers include a Center for Bright Beams, to improve the production of ultra-bright electron beams, with the ALS’s Howard Padmore, and a Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging to improve nano- and atomic-scale imaging, with ALS’s Roger Falcone and the Foundry’s Andy Minor and other Lab researchers. More>

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Lab Awarded $4Million for Greener Buildings

The DOE award goes to Energy Technologies Area researchers for three projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings. The projects — a nanoparticle-based super insulation, a platform for automated building controls, and an advanced moisture modeling tool — will help meet DOE’s goal to reduce the energy intensity of the U.S. building sector by 30 percent by 2030. More>

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