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

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.

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

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.

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Fluorescent Ruby Red Roofs Stay as Cool as White

Elementary school science teaches us that in the sun, dark colors get hot while white stays cool. Now new research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found an exception: scientists have determined that certain dark pigments can stay just as cool as white by using fluorescence, the re-emission of absorbed light.

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.

Experts Anticipate Significant Continued Reductions in Wind Energy Costs

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.

Median Installed Price of Solar in the United States Fell by 5-12% in 2015

Solar energy system pricing is at an all-time low, according to the latest editions of two recurring “state of the market” reports released today by Berkeley Lab. Preliminary data for the first six months of 2016 suggest that prices have continued to fall within most states and market segments.

Annual Wind Power Market Report Confirms Technology Advancements, Improved Project Performance, and Low Wind Energy Prices

Wind energy pricing remains attractive to utility and commercial purchasers, according to an annual report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by the Electricity Markets & Policy Group at Berkeley Lab. Prices offered by newly built wind projects are averaging around 2¢/kWh, driven lower by technology advancements and cost reductions.

New Berkeley Lab Study Tallies Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Solar Power

Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to a study from Berkeley Lab and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Roof Racks a Drag on Fuel Economy

As you get ready to hit the road this summer, with the kids loaded inside and the bikes strapped to the roof of your car, you may want to stop and consider that the roof rack on your car may be costing you as much as 25 percent more in gas.

Berkeley Lab Projects Could Save California More Than $2 Billion Annually in Energy Costs

Plug loads, or devices that plug into the wall, are responsible for at least 25 percent of electricity use in California buildings. And not only is that percentage growing, it’s a hard number to manage.