Today at Berkeley Lab

New Project to Keep California’s Natural Gas System Safe

The massive natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon shined a light on California’s aging natural gas infrastructure. And five years of extreme drought also exacted its toll on transmission pipelines. Now EESA’s Yingqi Zhang and Jonny Rutqvist will lead projects to improve the system’s safety and reliability, thanks to $4.6 million in grants from the California Energy Commission. More>

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Update From Director on Federal Budget Process

The President’s Budget Request was submitted to Congress on May 23. I met with the leadership of the Office of Science last week to understand the details of the budget request and the next steps in the process. This week the leaders of the DOE program offices will engage in more detailed discussions about research programs with Associate Lab Directors and Division Directors both at Berkeley Lab and at the other national laboratories. More>

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Berkeley Lab Helps California Get to Zero Net Energy Homes

Two projects aimed at helping California meet its ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption in buildings are receiving $2 million from the California Energy Commission. The projects are led by Max Wei and Brett Singer of the Energy Technologies Area. More>

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Message From Director on Federal Budget

I know that the uncertainty associated with the FY 18 budget process concerns many of you. I understand this, and ask that you remember that this only the first step in a rather long process. The appropriations process can continue into October. During this extended period of uncertainty, I ask that we try to focus on what we do best…bringing science solutions to the world. More>

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Postdoc Dimitrios Panagopoulos Wins Scholarship

Panagopoulos (Energy Technologies Area) received a $35,000 scholarship from the Sweden-America Foundation to support his work at the Lab and in collaborations with Swedish scientists. The research focuses on human exposure to chemicals from artificial turf in sports arenas. The Foundation supports the exchange of science between Sweden, the U.S. and Canada. More>

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New Berkeley Lab Project Turns Waste Heat to Electricity

A new Lab project seeks to efficiently capture waste heat and convert it to electricity, potentially saving California up to $385 million per year. With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission, Vi Rapp and Ravi Prasher (Energy Technologies Area) will work with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system. More>

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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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