Today at Berkeley Lab

Cyclotron Road Startup Gets Support From Bill Gates Clean-Energy Fund

Bill Gates’ $1 billion Breakthrough Energy Ventures is investing in a host of startups developing technology that confront climate change. Among the first selected was Fervo Energy, a company that is applying new drilling and well construction techniques to the geothermal industry in the hope of converting far more of the planet’s latent heat into a source of clean energy. Fervo’s founders (pictured) are currently fellows with the Lab’s Cyclotron Road program. More>

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Berkeley Quantum to Accelerate Innovation in Quantum Information Science

Berkeley Lab and the University of California, Berkeley are announcing the formation of Berkeley Quantum, a partnership designed to accelerate and expand innovation in quantum information science (QIS). Berkeley Quantum will advance U.S. quantum capabilities by establishing powerful research alliances among UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and their partners. They will bring their strengths in QIS research, theory, algorithms, and applications to help solve, together, some of the most difficult problems in quantum science. More>

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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>

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Gamma Rays, Watch Out: There’s a New Detector in Town

With funding from an Early Career LDRD award announced last year, Heather Crawford (Nuclear Science Division) and her research team are developing a prototype for an ultrahigh-rate high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector that can count 2 to 5 million gamma rays per second while maintaining high resolution, allowing them to accurately measure the energy spectrum under extreme conditions. More>

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Cyclotron Road Technologies Receive R&D Funding From DOE

The Department of Energy provided $80 million for 36 projects to support bioenergy research and development. Among the recipients were Visolis and Mosaic Materials, both part of Cyclotron Road’s first cohort. A third Cyclotron Road company, Fervo Energy (cohort four), was among four projects that received $4.45 million for early-stage research and development of tools and technologies for enhanced geothermal systems.

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NSF Institute to Include Lab Physicists in Big Data R&D

With $25 million in funding, the National Science Foundation’s Institute for Research and Innovation in Software will develop systems to help manage the large amounts of data produced by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). As part of this effort, Lab physicist Heather Gray and other Lab scientists (in association with UC Berkeley) will focus on reconstructing the paths of particles produced in LHC experiments. More>

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DOE Provides $10 Million for Earth System Model Development and Analysis

The money will fund the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), which seeks to provide more accurate and higher-resolution representation of weather and climate events by taking advantage of the cutting-edge supercomputing facilities at DOE national labs, including NERSC at Berkeley Lab. More>

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Local Seventh-Graders Donate $1,000 for EcoPOD Research

Brandeis School of San Francisco students presented a check to the Berkeley Lab Foundation to support research by the Biosciences Area EcoPOD team. EcoPODs are intermediate-size closed ecosystems that will bridge the gap between the lab bench and field. Parents donated money in lieu of traditional bar and bat mitzvah gifts to teach students about philanthropy through their Tzedek Program.

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Early Career LDRD: Woodburn Researches State’s Groundwater Supply

Erica Woodburn first fell in love with hydrogeology as an undergraduate majoring in geology. Today, she is a researcher in the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. Through funding from an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development Award, she is developing a new modeling technique that employs remote sensing technology to understand the effects of climate change on California’s groundwater supply. More>

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Berkeley Lab Quantum Science EFRC Receives DOE Funding

A new Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) led by Berkeley Lab is among 42 EFRC projects to collectively receive $100 million in funding from the DOE. The Center for Novel Pathways to Quantum Coherence in Materials will build on unique Lab capabilities and expertise in quantum materials and quantum coherence to develop new approaches to quantum information science and technology. More>

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