Falling prices for renewable energy and storage could help China get more than half its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030 at lower costs, according to a new analysis from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab), the University of California, Berkeley and Stony Brook University.  The cost of energy from solar panels, wind turbines and battery storage have dropped as much as 85% over the past decade—and are projected to decline even further. That means China’s power sector could derive up to 62% of its electricity from such sources at a cost that... Read More
Successfully implementing strategic policies in combination with technological innovation is the catalyst needed to decarbonize global industry by 2070, according to a new publication that includes a “blueprint for action”, written by a consortium of researchers including the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The manufacturing and industrial sectors have enormous potential to contribute to energy savings and emissions reductions. New infrastructure, renewable energy resources and innovative low carbon energy technologies will play key roles in... Read More
Six researchers in the Energy Technologies Area have been recognized in the annual Director's Awards, which applauds outstanding scientific contributions at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Tom McKone received the Berkeley Lab Prize, a lifetime achievement award; Nihar Shah, a research scientist/engineer, received a societal impact award; and the Residential Ventilation Team—Woody Delp, Brennan Less, Brett Singer and Iain Walker—also received a societal impact award. A total of 13 individuals and two groups have been presented with annual... Read More
Presentation in Sonora
Berkeley Lab’s Mexico Energy Initiative (MEI) participated in the second workshop launching the partnership of the state of Sonora with the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), a global initiative that facilitates access to technical assistance and industry engagement for member cities advancing building energy efficiency. The event was held in Hermosillo by the Commission of Ecology and Sustainable Development of the State of Sonora (CEDES) with attendance by government... Read More
On February 27, Mr. Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, visited Berkeley Lab for an afternoon of presentations on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Secretary, along with the Ministry's Joint Secretary Anjani Sharan, was hosted at the Lab by the International Energy Studies Group, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division, and was accompanied to Berkeley by officials from the US Agency for International Development. At the end of the day, Mr. Kumar gave an insightful presentation titled, "India's Renewable Energy Sector: The... Read More
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Two projects awarded to Berkeley Lab and Mexican institutions advancing energy efficiency in buildings in Mexico as part of the call “Collaboration Projects in Energy Efficiency; Cooperation with the University of California” started work this fall. The call, issued last year by the CONACYT-SENER Energy Sustainability Fund (ESF) in a ceremony led by UC President Janet Napolitano and Mexico Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin, supports collaborative research aimed at reducing... Read More
In a recent Facebook post, Energy Secretary Rick Perry lauds the DOE’s national labs and “the incredible work being undertaken by our nation’s brightest minds.” The post includes a video that features his visit to all 17 national labs, including Berkeley Lab... Read More
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Mexico City Mayor-elect Claudia Sheinbaum visited Berkeley Lab on Nov. 9, 2018, as part of a visit to the Bay Area to learn about urban sustainability practices. Dr. Sheinbaum spent four years at the Lab (1991-1994) analyzing energy consumption in Mexico and other industrialized countries. She and Lab scientist Lynn Price were lead authors of the Industry Chapter of Working Group III (Mitigation)’s contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports. During her visit, Dr. Sheinbaum was presented with a recognition by the Lab’s Deputy... Read More
Power use in Ghana, kilowatts by hour
The International Energy Studies (IES) Group is pleased to announce the publication of A study of appliance ownership and electricity consumption determinants in urban Ghanaian households in Sustainable Cities and Society Journal, January 2019 edition. The paper was coauthored by past visiting scholar... Read More
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Dr. Michael McNeil, Director of Berkeley Lab's MEI has been invited to serve as a member of the Editorial Board of the Monthly E-Bulletin on Energy Efficiency Activities (Boletin Electronico Mensual de Difusion de Acciones de Eficiencia Energetica), published and distributed by Mexico's Energy Secretariat (SENER). The decision was made by current members of the Editorial Board and was communicated officially to MEI by Santiago Creuheras Diaz, General Director for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at SENER.   The Bulletin disseminates information on actions and progress by... Read More
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Diego Chatellier Lorentzen, a PhD student of energy engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), joined MEI last month on a six-month fellowship granted by Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). Diego will be collaborating at the Lab on the "Mexican Energy Pathways Initiative", which focuses on finding solutions for Mexico to achieve its emission reduction commitments. He will be in charge of the modeling of the future energy demand of the industrial sector, as well as the proposal of actions that lead to energy savings, improvement of energy... Read More
MEI's Director Dr. Michael McNeil highlighted aspects of Berkeley Lab's Mexico Cooling Initiative (MCI) in the presentation "Air Conditioning Impacts and Strategies in Mexico", delivered at the Second "KONWAKAI in Latin America" seminar held last month in Mexico City. The event was convened by air conditioner manufacturer Daikin and included the participation of Mexican government officials, representatives of international organizations, and members of industry and the research community. 
Dr. McNeil noted that ... Read More
As part of Berkeley Lab's mission to bring science to the world, the Energy Technologies Area is hosting three visiting scientists through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs TechWomen program. The goal is to  empower, connect and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing them access and opportunity to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and become role models for women and girls. Through this program, Berkeley Lab is mentoring a total of six TechWomen lab-wide.  TechWomen... Read More
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
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Last month, the US Green Building Council (USGBC), Johnson Controls, and the World Resources Institute (WRI) hosted the “Forum on National-Subnational Collaboration for Building Energy Efficiency,” in Mexico City. The Building... Read More
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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 June... Read More
June 2018 Webinar Slide
Odón De Buen, Director General of Mexico’s National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE) and Andrew McAllister, Commissioner of the California Energy Commission (CEC), led the California-Mexico Energy Efficiency Webinar held in early June to discuss current activities supporting energy efficiency and opportunities for collaboration. The webinar, hosted by CEC in partnership with... 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:
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
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
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