Today at Berkeley Lab

Ancient Pigment Can Boost Energy Efficiency

Egyptian blue, derived from calcium copper silicate, was routinely used on ancient depictions of gods and royalty. Previous studies have shown that when Egyptian blue absorbs visible light, it then emits light in the near-infrared range. Now a team led by Berkeley Lab researchers has confirmed the pigment’s fluorescence can be 10 times stronger than previously thought. More>

Highlighting Lab Research on National Hydrogen Day

October 8 marks the fourth annual National Hydrogen Day, a nod to to the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008). Berkeley Lab researchers are working on ways to produce, store, and use hydrogen in cleaner and more efficient and affordable ways. Hydrogen fuel is considered a key component of an all-of-the-above national energy portfolio and is one of the fastest-growing clean energy technologies. More>

Two Lab Science Slam Winners to Participate in ‘Uncharted Ideas’ Festival

The two-day festival (Oct. 5 and 6) explores the issues beyond today’s headlines via talks, performances, workshops, and an opening-night party with live music and food. Among those giving talks are recent Berkeley Lab Science Slam winners Michele Rosso (Friday at 12:10 p.m.), and Sinéad Griffin (Saturday at noon). More>

Foundry’s Sinéad Griffin Wins First Place in Inaugural Lab-Wide Research Slam

Sinéad Griffin (center), an early-career staff scientist who specializes in condensed matter physics at the Molecular Foundry and the Materials Sciences Division, won first place and a cash price of $3,000 at the first annual Lab-Wide Research Slam last Thursday. Shyam Dwaraknath (left, Energy Technologies Area) won the second-place prize of $1,500, and Michele Rosso of the Computing Sciences Area won the People’s Choice Award of $750. More>

Bay Area Battery Summit: Building Better Batteries

Battery researchers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers will gather for the 2018 Bay Area Battery Summit, “Building Better Batteries,” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. The event will be an in-depth look at lithium/cobalt technologies and their societal impact; how new, emerging cobalt-free technologies could help build better batteries; and recycling and reuse of critical materials. More>

Lab Participates in Recent Innovation XLab Energy Storage Summit

The Innovation XLab Energy Storage Summit, held this week at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, explored energy storage and its potential to boost transportation and a distributed electricity grid. The event showcased the resources available at DOE national labs that can be leveraged by industry for energy storage applications. This highlights video mentions NERSC and includes an interview with Associate Lab Director Ravi Prasher.

DOE Renews Funding for Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

The Department of Energy this week announced plans to provide $120 million over five years to the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), an Innovation Hub devoted to advancing battery science and technology. The hub is led by Argonne National Lab, with Berkeley Lab among its partners. More>

Online Tool Fills Gap for Energy Retrofit Projects

A national online energy data management system is transforming how energy retrofit projects implemented by a wide variety of users develop projects and track performance. The eProject Builder energy project data management and benchmarking tool was developed by Berkeley Lab to standardize and monitor energy project performance data nationwide. The system has recently reached a milestone of 500 projects initiated and 1,000 users trained. More>

Berkeley Scientists Lead New Assessment of Bay Area Climate Impacts

California has issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change, such as changes to sea levels, and wildfires, which are currently raging throughout the state. The assessment includes nine regional reports, including the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the 24 authors of this report are four researchers from the Lab: Andrew Jones, Mary Ann Piette, Alan Rhoades, and Michael Wehner. More>

Wind Technology Advancements Continue to Drive Down Wind Energy Prices

Wind energy pricing remains attractive, according to an annual report released by the Department of Energy and prepared by Berkeley Lab. At an average of around 2 cents per kilowatt-hour, prices offered by newly built wind projects in the United States are being driven lower by technology advancements and cost reductions. More>