Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Partners With ProspectSV to Transform a Whole Foods Market

The California Energy Commission awarded $3 million to the MarketZero Project to convert an existing San Francisco Whole Foods Market to Zero Net Energy. The four-year project will serve as a major case study for stores throughout the state. Lab scientist Philip Haves will provide support for computer modeling to choose the best improvements. More>

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Billionaire Paul Allen Pledges $100 Million to Fund Life Sciences Research

The initial round of grants will include a $1.5 million grant for molecular and cell biology researcher Jennifer Doudna, who co-invented the CRISPR gene editing technology. She will study new ways of editing genes by targeting RNA. More>

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NSF to Provide $35 Million to Support IceCube Neutrino Observatory

The five-year, $35 million cooperative agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Madison will enable the continued operation and management of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. The National Science Foundation agreement includes sub-awards to Berkeley Lab. More>

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DOE to Fund Installation of Micro-Phasor Measurement Units

The Grid Integration Group will use the funds to install and use micro-Phasor Measurement Units (micro-PMUs) for advanced sensors integration and data analytics at the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid. This is an important opportunity for the Lab to demonstrate advanced analytics and algorithms utilizing micro-PMUs within a true microgrid environment. More>

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Secretary Moniz Discusses DOE Budget Proposal

President Obama’s final budget proposal for DOE includes a significant increase in clean energy R&D, with $5.85 billion in discretionary funding for clean energy R&D, a 21-percent increase from FY 2016, including increases for ARPA-E and the creation of new regional partnerships that will drive breakthroughs at research universities, labs, and companies across the U.S. More>

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FY2016 LDRD Project Awards

$25.3M was allotted to 84 projects from 179 proposals; 44 are new and 40 are continuation projects. Major initiatives focus on energy science and technology applications, novel computing technologies, or mechanistic understanding of multi-scale interactions among molecules, microbes, plants, metazoans, the abiotic environment, and their feedbacks. More>

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Lab Launches New Projects for Grid Modernization

Energy Secretary Moniz announced up to $220 million for 88 new projects across 14 National Lab to deliver new grid concepts, tools and technologies to support the nation’s effort to modernize the power grid. Berkeley Lab will lead two local efforts and assist other labs. More>

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Lab Group to Lead Team Developing $13 Million Microgrid Project

The Grid Integration Group (Energy Technologies Area) has been awarded a grant for a “Modular, Secure, and Replicable Microgrid Control System for Generation and Storage Management at Military Installations” at Fort Hunter Liggett by the Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. More>

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Two Lab Projects Awarded ARPA-E Funding

Two Cyclotron Road projects — one on thermionic energy conversion in collaboration with the Materials Sciences Division and one on green buildings in collaboration with the Energy Technologies Area — were among 41 “transformational energy technology projects” awarded a total of $125 million by ARPA-E. More>

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Legacy of ARRA Funding for Lab Research and Facilities is Vast

The Lab received $334 million and used the funds for such things as the demolition of the Bevatron, creating the BELLA advanced laser plasma accelerator, and constructing the ALS User Support Building (pictured). The jobs created and retained by the Lab and its contractors totaled 2,017. More>

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