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Portrait of Anand Gopal
In a Twitter video, Anand Gopal of the Energy Technologies Area discusses the rapid expansion of car ownership in India, the anticipated impact this will have on greenhouse gas emissions, and the country's move toward electric vehicles.
Ravi Prasher (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab)
Ravi Prasher has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The announcement follows an international search. Prasher, an internationally renowned scientist in the field of thermal energy science and technologies, has been director of Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage and Distributed Resources (ESDR) Division since 2015, where he has led the Lab's research on batteries, fuel cells, and grid... Read More
Ramamoorthy Ramesh in his laboratory
After serving four years as Berkeley Lab's Associate Director for Energy Technologies, Ramamoorthy Ramesh will be returning to his research in ultra low-power electronics while also helping to lead a major Berkeley Lab research initiative in next-generation, energy-efficient microelectronics. This new initiative has been dubbed "Beyond Moore's Law," as it seeks the solution to what will happen when Moore's Law — which holds that the number of transistors on a chip will double about every two years — comes to an inevitable end as physical limitations are reached. "Moore's Law, which is driven... Read More
The United States and China have been cooperating since 2016 under the Power Consumption, Demand and Competition Cooperation to identify solutions to advance key elements of China’s comprehensive market reforms to foster a competitive, transparent and sustainable electric power sector in China. Co-led by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources and China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the National Energy Administration, in coordination with their respective government agencies, the Cooperation’s activities are implemented by the... Read More
Image of Odon de Buen, Director General, National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy in Mexico (CONUEE)
A recent analysis by Berkeley Lab on the importance of space cooling (air conditioning) in Mexico's energy landscape found that this use accounted for a summer electricity consumption increase by 30%; represents nine percent of total electricity use and produces a peak electricity demand of 7.5 GW. In addition, space cooling absorbs over $US 3 billion per year in energy bills and subsidies, generates 10 million metric tons of CO2 and creates a peak demand that is not well correlated to renewable resources. The research, titled "Mexico Cooling Fact Book" and led by Michael McNeil,... Read More
Image of Berkeley Lab researchers Philip Haves and Christian Kohler with the Director of the Technological Institute for Construction, Raymundo Caballero, and  the CEO of the Initiative for Education and Prosperity for Mexico, Sergio Garcia-Bulle [left to right]
According to the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, buildings account for nearly 25% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide. In Mexico, the World Resources Institute estimates that end-user energy consumption in buildings accounts for almost 20% of all end-user energy consumption in the country. Thus, energy efficient buildings will play a large role in Mexico's transition toward a clean energy economy and lower GHGs. As part of the activities developed since... Read More
Stakeholders in government, business, and academia recently met to identify solutions to Mexico’s growing space cooling (air conditioning) energy demand. The “Summit on Space Cooling Research Needs and Opportunities in Mexico” was convened by the Berkeley Lab Mexico Energy Initiative and United States Agency for International Development, in partnership with Mexico. More information is available at the International Energy Group website: ies.lbl.gov/region/mexico-energy-initiative/
Berkeley Lab's International Energy Studies group recently hosted a delegation from the Indonesian Government to discuss energy efficiency and clean energy issues. The delegation was led by Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs (CMMA) Deputy Minister for Infrastructure Ridwan Djamaluddin. Berkeley Lab researchers identified 10 GW of peak load savings from energy efficiency, and presented the potential impacts of an accelerated Air Conditioner trajectory. As requested by the Government of Indonesia, Berkeley Lab researchers also discussed new collaborations on power sector, low carbon... Read More
A recent analysis by Berkeley Lab on the importance of space cooling (air conditioning) in Mexico's energy landscape found that this use accounted for a summer electricity consumption increase by 30%; represents nine percent of total electricity use and produces a peak electricity demand of 7.5 GW. In addition, space cooling absorbs over $US 3 billion per year in energy bills and subsidies, generates 10 million metric tons of CO2 and creates a peak demand that is not well correlated to renewable resources. The research, titled "Mexico Cooling Fact Book" and led by Michael McNeil,... Read More
Jiang Lin delivers a keynote speech at the International Forum on Sustainable Solutions for New Era of Ecological Civilization
Berkeley Lab's Jiang Lin delivered a keynote speech at the International Forum on Sustainable Solutions for New Era of Ecological Civilization at Tsinghua University on December 18, 2017. Dr. Lin presented research results on potential impacts of electricity market reforms in Guangdong Province from a study by Berkeley Lab's China Energy Group and the Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center. Researchers from Berkeley Lab, Energy and Environmental Economics (E3), Tsinghua University, and North China Electric Power University joined this research. This study provides the first quantitative... Read More
The China Energy Group took home a prestigious R&D 100 Award for its innovative Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool for Low-Carbon Cities (BEST Cities), which provides software for low-carbon planning that users can easily install and run. Berkeley Lab also won awards for technologies that help determine how solar energy affects the grid; understand the functions of genes in microbes under different environmental conditions; and simulate how chemical reactions occur and change as fluids travel underground. Berkeley Lab was also a co-winner for two additional technologies. R&D... Read More
Price vs. efficiency of 1-RT and 2-RT RACs
The International Energy Studies Group recently announced the release of a new Berkeley Lab study that will improve the energy efficiency of room air conditioners.   "Assessment of commercially available energy-efficient room air conditioners including models with low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants" reviews improvement of energy efficiency of room air conditioners (RACs) while transitioning to low global-warming-potential (GWP) refrigerants, which will be a critical step toward reducing the energy, peak load and emissions impacts of RACs while keeping costs low.    The report... Read More
Image of Members of the teams that collaborated in developing five winning proposals in response to the RFP “Collaboration Projects in Energy Efficiency: Cooperation with the University of California” joined the award ceremony held at Casa de California in Mexico City on November 16th, 2017
Mexico's Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition at the Ministry of Energy of Mexico (SENER), Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez, led a ceremony held at Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico City on November 16, 2017 to announce the funding awards for five projects that Mexican research institutions developed in partnership with University of California (UC) colleagues in response to the US$10 million Request for Proposals (RFP) "Collaboration Projects in Energy... Read More
Mexico's Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition at SENER, Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez, led a ceremony held at Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico City on November 16, 2017 to announce the funding awards for five projects that Mexican research institutions developed in partnership with UC colleagues in response to the US$10 million Request for Proposals (RFP) "Collaboration Projects in Energy Efficiency; Cooperation with the University of California." The objective of the RFP, launched by the CONACYT-SENER Energy Sustainability Fund (ESF) during President Janet... Read More
Uganda
The International Energy Studies Group is pleased to announce the release of Berkeley Lab’s new study: Energy Efficiency Roadmap for Uganda, Making Energy Efficiency Count. The Energy Efficiency Roadmap for Uganda is a response to the important role that electrical energy efficiency can play in meeting Uganda’s energy development goals. The report shows that implementing energy efficiency in parallel with expanding both the electricity grid and new clean energy generation helps optimize the power supply so that more customers can be served reliably at minimum cost. Berkeley Lab and... Read More
The New York Times recently featured a report by ETA's Nihar Shah, which reviews the regulatory frameworks, energy efficiency standards, and labeling programs in 18 countries that account for roughly 65% of global AC demand. Shah previously found that improvements could roughly double the 89.7 gigatons of expected emissions savings from switching refrigerant alone.  
India is pushing hard to electrify its automobile market, aiming to sell only electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030. But what impact will that shift have on the country’s utilities and the grid? A new report by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that the prospective EV expansion will deliver economic benefits, help integrate renewable energy, and significantly reduce imports of foreign oil. India’s electric car sales would reach 10 million a year in 2030, if all new sales in that year were EVs. Its total EV fleet, including two-wheelers, would grow to 144... Read More
Berkeley Lab was actively involved in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the exploration of geothermal energy potential in Mexico through technical support provided for the development of the Cerro Prieto geothermal field in Baja California, one of the largest hot water geothermal systems in North America. Currently, the Cerro Prieto geothermal field has an installed capacity of 570 MW and, according to Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), its operations represent a reduction of GHG emissions in the order of 1.5MT every year. Following up on that history of collaboration and with the... Read More
Ngong Hills Wind Farm in Nairobi, Kenya
To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options and can contribute significantly to the rising demand. “Wind and solar have historically been dismissed as too expensive and temporally variable, but one of our key findings is that there are plentiful wind and... Read More
Avoiding Coal Imports Slide
India has announced a target of increasing the total renewable energy (RE) installed capacity from about 34GW in 2015 to 175GW by 2022 (including 100GW solar and 60GW wind capacity). This study assesses the technical feasibility of integrating 175 GW of renewables capacity in the Indian electricity grid, ascertains its impact on power sector investments and operations, and quantifies the incremental cost of such large-scale RE grid integration. The analysis is conducted by simulating economic dispatch of the power system using an industry standard production cost model, PLEXOS. The study... Read More
This collaborative workshop, co-sponsored by SENER, the CONACYT-SENER Energy Sustainability Fund (ESF), the Energy Working Group of the UC-Mexico Initiative, and Berkeley Lab's Mexico Energy Initiative, was held November 29 - December 1, 2016, at Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico City. The event brought together researchers from 10 Mexican institutions, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab to develop research proposal concept notes aimed at helping accelerate the transition to energy efficient buildings and cities in Mexico. The agenda of discussions covered multiple... Read More
2030 Annual Energy Savings in Mtce
ETA Researchers Michael McNeil, Wei Feng, Stephane de la Rue du Can, Nina Zheng Khanna, Jing Ke, and Nan Zhou were recently published in Energy Policy Journal. The article, Energy Efficiency Outlook in China's Urban Buildings Sector Through 2030, discusses "a bottom-up modeling approach to quantify emission reduction from efficiency programs," and its results. Abstract: This study uses bottom-up modeling framework in order to quantify potential energy savings and emission reduction... Read More
Research by EAEI’s Ranjit Deshmukh and Grace Wu on planning renewable energy zones in Africa was recently highlighted in Nature. Across Africa, several nations are moving aggressively to develop their solar and wind capacity. The momentum has some experts wondering whether large parts of the continent can vault into a clean future. See the full story here.
In the Nature article, "Can Wind and Solar Fuel Africa's Future?" IES' Grace Wu and Ranjit Deshmukh are quoted and their research highlighted on planning renewable-energy zones in Africa. "'The study is the most comprehensive mapping effort so far for most of those countries', says Wu." The article states, "Across Africa, several nations are moving aggressively to develop their solar and wind capacity. The momentum has some experts wondering whether large parts of the... Read More
Hierarchy of Metrics
LBNL is collaborating with ClimateWorks on defining metrics for tracking changes in energy efficiency progress, measuring impacts and assessing strategic opportunities. This report provides a detailed description of the indicators selected. The authors considered a wide range of indicators drawing upon the literature, their own experience and consultation with experts and practitioners. A round table was organized in November 2014 with international and regional... Read More
In Fall 2016, three postdoctoral fellows from the Institute of Renewable Energy (IER) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico started a fellowship at Berkeley Lab with the support of the SENER-CONACYT Energy Sustainability Fund (FSE). A welcome reception attended by the Consul General of Mexico, Gemi José González López, and the Director of IER, Antonio del Rio, was held on November 9 to mark the occasion and highlight the importance of this collaboration. The Mexican postdocs are doing research on reliability of materials and solar cells.
A house flooded up to the bottom of its windows.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Working Group III, addressing the mitigation of climate change, has issued an executive summary of its Fifth Assessment report. The report updates policymakers on the technical and socio-economic aspects of climate change, including technologies and policies that can reduce impacts. According to its website, "The IPCC Working Group III assesses all relevant options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing activities that remove them from the atmosphere." A number of researchers in the... Read More
Portrait of Ed Vine, a scientist at EETD.
Ed Vine, a scientist in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division is the editor of a special issue of the journal Energy Efficiency focusing solely on the evaluation of energy efficiency (2012: Volume 5 Number 1). The papers published in the issue are a subset of those delivered at the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference held in Europe in 2010. The issue's introduction, by Vine and S. Thomas of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy notes that "Europe is at a critical juncture in developing a professional evaluation community. As the European... Read More
EETD scientists conduct research to analyze energy use in India, evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in its economy, and develop road maps to promote lower-carbon-emitting, sustainable economic development. They also work with their Indian colleagues on joint research, and provide technical consulting in a variety of areas such as energy-efficient building design and operation. Here are a few resources for further information. Berkeley-India Joint Leadership on Energy and the Environment (BIJLEE) The Berkeley-India Joint Leadership on Energy and the Environment is a partnership between... Read More
Photos of cows in a pasture
A benchmarking tool to help dairy owners and operators use energy and water as efficiently as possible in their facilities was released today by scientists at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The BEST-Dairy allows a user to calculate energy and water use intensity and obtain a benchmarking score for the selected plant, as compared with the best available references that researchers identified from national and global data. "A higher benchmark score normally means higher savings potential from future efficiency improvement in the... Read More

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