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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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DOE Funds Carbon Storage Projects

The Lab is partnering on two of the eight projects that were funded: “Automated High Power Permanent Seismic Source System for Long-Term Monitoring of Subsurface CO2 Containment and Storage” and “A Novel Approach to Map Geothermal Permeability Using Passive Seismic Emission Tomography and Joint Inversion of Active Seismic and EM Data.” More>

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Lab to Lead New Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area

The focus area seeks to quantify and predict how perturbations to mountainous watersheds — such as floods, droughts, fire and early snowmelt — impact the downstream delivery of water, nutrients, carbon, and metals. EESA’s Susan Hubbard will lead the effort, funded by the DOE with over $20 million for three years, and involving more than 65 scientists from several institutions. More>

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Lanzara Profiled in Moore Foundation’s ‘Beyond the Lab’

Materials scientist Alessandra Lanzara is a Moore Foundation grantee working on a cutting-edge technique called angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, or ARPES. This experimental tool gives scientists a glimpse into the secret lives of electrons and atoms, and could one day allow us to alter their properties using just a flash of light. More>

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$40M to Establish New Observatory Probing Early Universe

A new astronomy facility, the Simons Observatory, is planned in Chile’s Atacama Desert to boost ongoing studies of the evolution of the universe, from its earliest moments to today. The observatory will probe the subtle properties of the universe’s first light, known as cosmic microwave background radiation. More>

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