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
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.
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
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
Portrait of Jayant Sathaye
Two Berkeley Lab Scientists Were Authors A recent report examining the potential role of renewable power in reducing emissions of climate-altering greenhouse gases concludes that a high percentage of the world's energy supply could be met by renewables by mid- century if backed by the right enabling public policies. Two researchers in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Jayant Sathaye and Ryan Wiser, were Coordinating Lead Authors of the study, which represents the scientific work of 120 contributors. Wiser was the lead... Read More
Portrait of Eric Masanet
Eric Masanet, deputy leader of the International Energy Studies (IES) Group, was a guest editor of a special issue of Yale's Journal of Industrial Ecology exploring new applications of information and communication technology (ICT) that could save society significant amounts of energy and money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. IES is part of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. H. Scott Matthews, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, also... Read More
Berkeley Lab scientists Jayant Sathaye and Amol Phadke address a group
This week, a 20-member delegation, including representatives of electricity regulatory commissions of 13 of India's 28 states, visited Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to learn about California's leading efforts on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Portrait of Berkeley Lab senior scientist Jayant Sathaye
India signs on to DOE's Super-efficient Equipment and Appliances (SEAD) initiative.