Today at Berkeley Lab

$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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Lab to Participate in DOE’s $29 Million Investment in Enhanced Geothermal Systems Efforts

Researchers from the Energy Geosciences Division join Sandia National Lab, the University of Nevada at Reno, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Navy Geothermal Program Office, Ormat Technologies, GeothermEx/Schlumberger, and Itasca Consulting Group to begin Phase 2 of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy which was awarded $29 million in enhanced geothermal systems. More>

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Lab to Partner with U.S. Manufacturers on Five New HPC4Mfg Projects

The Department of Energy’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program has announced $3.8 million in funding for 13 new industry projects in the second round of the HPC4Mfg program, and Berkeley Lab has been selected to partner with five of the new projects. More>

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Small Businesses Awarded Vouchers to Work With the Lab

Eight small businesses will work with the Lab to bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster. These vouchers were awarded as part of DOE’s Small Business Vouchers pilot. The vouchers pay for expertise and use of facilities that help small businesses advance their technologies toward commercialization. More>

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DOE to Invest $16 Million in Computer Design of Materials

Berkeley Lab is one of two teams receiving grants to develop sophisticated and user-friendly, open-source software that captures the essential physics of relevant systems and can be used by the broader research community and industry to accelerate the design of new functional materials. Steven Louie will lead the Lab team, using NERSC supercomputers. More>

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