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$5M Foundation Gift to Help Support US-China Energy Center at Berkeley Lab

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In 2015, Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and Tsinghua University in Beijing formed the Berkeley Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change to develop scientifically based clean energy solutions and the next generation of leaders to champion those solutions. Now, that effort has received welcome support from Jim and Marilyn Simons in the amount of a $5 million donation.

Filling in the Nuclear Data Gaps

Photo - Lee Bernstein, who leads the Nuclear Data Group in Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division, at the beam line in Cave 0 of the Lab’s 88-Inch Cyclotron. (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab)

Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Data Group is conducting new experiments to address common data needs in nuclear medicine, nuclear energy and fusion R&D, security, and counterproliferation work.

7 Imaging Tools Pushing Science Forward

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Berkeley Lab scientists are developing new ways to see the unseen. Here are seven imaging advances (recently reported in our News Center) that are helping to push science forward, from developing better batteries to peering inside cells to exploring the nature of the universe.   1. Seeing DNA nanostructures in 3-D DNA segments can serve as a

A New Way to Image Solar Cells in 3-D

The Molecular Foundry's Ed Barnard is part of a team of scientists that developed a new way to see inside solar cells. (Credit: Marilyn Chung)

Scientists have developed a way to use optical microscopy to map thin-film solar cells in 3-D as they absorb photons. The new method could help researchers learn new ways to boost photovoltaic efficiency.

The Rosenfeld Question: Art Rosenfeld’s Tang Lecture Given by Ashok Gadgil

Arthur “Art” Rosenfeld, winner of the 2016 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt)

How do you speak on behalf of a living legend like Berkeley Lab’s Art Rosenfeld, a particle physicist who attained international recognition as the “godfather of energy efficiency?” That was the challenge faced by Ashok Gadgil on September 25 in Taipei City, Taiwan.

New $10 Million Effort to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials

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The Energy Department (DOE) recently announced $10 million, subject to appropriations, to support the launch of the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (HydroGEN). This consortium will utilize the expertise and capabilities of the national laboratories to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. The new consortium is

Underground Science: Berkeley Lab Digs Deep For Clean Energy Solutions

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About a mile beneath the Earth’s surface in an old gold mine, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have built an observatory to study how rocks crack. The knowledge they gain could ultimately help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies.

Nine Innovative Approaches That Utilities are Using to Plan for Increased Rooftop Solar

Berkeley Lab-led report offers a comparative analysis of roughly 30 recent utility integrated resource plans or other generation planning studies, transmission planning studies, and distribution system plans.

Berkeley Lab Awarded DOE Grants for Greener Buildings

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Berkeley Lab has been awarded more than $4 million by the Department of Energy (DOE) to undertake three projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings, which account for more than 40 percent of the country’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Experts Anticipate Significant Continued Reductions in Wind Energy Costs

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Technology advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy, according to a survey of the world’s foremost wind power experts led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Experts anticipate cost reductions driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements. The findings are described in an article in the journal Nature Energy.