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‘Cool Walls’ Get a Boost from U.S. Green Building Council

Sunlight-reflecting “cool walls” have been shown to reduce energy costs by lowering heat gain in buildings. But they do more – reflective walls can also cool cities, fighting the urban heat island effect. The concept has new support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which has issued a pilot credit for the installation of cool exterior walls in new homes, schools, and commercial buildings to mitigate urban heat islands.

Infant-Warming Device Proven Effective and Safe in Reducing Neonatal Mortality

Technology developed at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley shows a big drop in infant mortality in Rwanda hospitals.

How Techno-economic Analysis Can Improve Energy Technologies

A Q&A with Berkeley Lab researcher Hanna Breunig on techno-economic analysis, and how she uses it to make negative emissions technologies more competitive.

To Design Truly Compostable Plastic, Scientists Take Cues From Nature

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have designed an enzyme-activated compostable plastic that could diminish microplastics pollution. Household tap water or soil composts break the hybrid plastic material down to small molecules, called monomers, in just a few days or weeks.

Experts’ Predictions for Future Wind Energy Costs Drop Significantly

Technology and commercial advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy, according to a survey led by Berkeley Lab of the world’s foremost wind power experts. Experts anticipate cost reductions of 17%-35% by 2035 and 37%-49% by 2050, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements.

U.S. Power Sector is Halfway to Zero Carbon Emissions

New research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory analyzes historical trends to examine how much progress the power sector has already made in reducing emissions. It found that the U.S. cut power sector emissions by 52% below projected levels, or halfway to zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Hydrogen Offers Promising Future for Long-Haul Trucking Industry

The Million-Mile Fuel Cell Truck Consortium (M2FCT) team outlined the current and future prospects and challenges of hydrogen fuel cells for heavy-duty vehicles, including trucks, buses, trains, and marine applications, in a recent Nature Energy study.

India Can Boost Clean Energy and Double Its Power Supply by 2030

A new study co-authored by Berkeley Lab scientists shows India can hold its greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector at 2018 levels while nearly doubling the supply of electricity to meet economic development needs.

Commercial Truck Electrification is Within Reach

When it comes to electric vehicles, particularly for heavy-duty trucks, the limitations of battery technology are often seen as the main barrier to widespread adoption. However, a new analysis concludes that it’s the lack of appropriate policies around adoption incentives, charging infrastructure, and electricity pricing that prevents widespread electrification of commercial trucking fleets.

Assessing the Costs of Major Power Outages

Little is known about the full impact of widespread, long duration power interruptions, especially the indirect costs and related economy-wide impacts of these events. As a result, the costs of such power interruptions are generally not or only incompletely considered in utility planning activities. A new Berkeley Lab report titled “A Hybrid Approach to Estimating