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September 22, 2011
NASA's Ames Research Center and the Department of Energy (DOE), at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif. are collaborating on technologies and processes for what may be the "greenest," highest-performing building in the federal government. Originally developed for aerospace applications, NASA intelligent system software will be installed in the new building, called... Read more
August 16, 2011
Researchers, government agencies, and roofing manufacturers from around the world gathered in Berkeley last month (July 28-29, 2011) to discuss the latest research on cool roofs. These solar reflective materials reduce energy use, and help cool the planet by reflecting sunlight to outer space. Their use has begun to soar in markets around the world thanks to their economic and environmental... Read more
August 11, 2011
If you read the Doonesbury comic strip on Sunday, August 7, you might have seen Michael Doonesbury and Bernie discussing cool white roofs. Cool roofs are an energy-efficient technology developed here in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The characters also mention in passing a global initiative to help cool the earth by... Read more
August 9, 2011
Real-time control and continuous high-quality building performance data are the keys to reducing building energy use during day-to-day operations, and to maintaining energy-driven services and occupant comfort. Next-generation highly energy-efficient buildings will be dynamically controlled and monitored.Energy information systems (EIS) are one type of commercially available system that provides... Read more
July 12, 2011
Christopher Payne, an EETD scientist, will give a live webcast on energy-efficient product procurement for the federal government on August 4, 2011 from 1:30 to 3 pm EDT for the Federal Energy Management Program. He is joined by Amanda Sahl of FEMP.Energy-Efficient Product Procurement outlines how to meet executive order and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements on purchasing... Read more
June 29, 2011
What: International Workshop on Advances in Cool Roof Research: Protocols, Standards & Policies for Accelerated AgingWhen: Thursday, July 28 - Friday, July 29Where: Doubletree Hotel at Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, CaliforniaThis two-day workshop is sponsored by the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Concordia University, and the US... Read more
June 13, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will present a live webcast titled Labs, Data Centers, and High-Tech Facilities on July 7, 2011, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm EDT.Experts Dale Sartor and Paul Mathew of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Will Lintner of DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), will present best practices to meet Federal mandates to improve the energy performance of... Read more
June 8, 2011
Ongoing research at national laboratories and in the lighting industry is focusing on improving the light output, lifetime, and durability of LEDs, as well as driving their costs down. Many lighting experts expect that LEDs will eventually be used widely in general lighting applications, replacing inefficient incandescent bulbs, as well as energy-efficient fluorescent lamps (both the linear and... Read more
June 7, 2011
Berkeley Lab Researcher Played Significant Role In Its DevelopmentJune 15, 2011—A significant new standard to help organizations save energy, "ISO 50001 Energy management systems- Requirements with guidance for use," was released today by the International Organization for Standardization.ISO 50001 can be used by any organization to manage its energy use. Targeting broad applicability across... Read more
April 27, 2011
Washington, DC — The U.S. Department of Energy today announced that Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have joined with Dow Chemical Company as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to fund key research that will help develop the next generation of cool roof technologies in the U.S. The agreement will support research to... Read more
April 11, 2011
Two speakers at this free, open-to-the-public class at the Pacific Energy Center of PG&E in San Francisco are scientists at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Information Visualization in Commercial Buildings: Design, Technology, and Human Behavior April 13 (Wednesday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm), San Francisco, Pacific Energy CenterJessica... Read more
March 29, 2011
That fancy programmable thermostat on your living room wall, the one with a backlit digital screen, several tiny buttons, and unintelligible instruction manual, may be making it more difficult to save energy.A research team at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is beginning to figure out why. They are determining how to measure the usability of a thermostat—that is, the... Read more
March 9, 2011
Not long ago, Japan faced a major power crisis. In September 2002, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) was forced to shut down 17 nuclear power plants for emergency safety inspections.The winter of 2002-2003 was approaching, and the plants, which were expected to remain closed for months, would be unavailable through summer 2003, a time when demand from summertime air conditioning would... Read more
March 7, 2011
The Demand Response Research Center recently posted several one-page PDFs about its recent work. Following is one of these on the OpenADR specification and job creation.Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is an information exchange model that facilitates reliable and cost-effective automation of both electricity price and system grid reliability signals to support demand response (DR).... Read more
February 21, 2011
Consulting firm RoseRyan has published a list of the top 25 movers and shakers in cleantech (2010), as well as a list of 15 people to watch in 2011.Mary Ann Piette, Deputy Leader of the Building Technologies Department was recognized as one of the 25. Piette is also the research director of the Demand Response Research Center, which is funded by the California Energy Commission's Public Interest... Read more
January 28, 2011
The OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption and compliance of a Smart Grid standard known as Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) held its first members' meeting at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), January 20-21.Automated demand response is a set of pre-programmed steps in a building or other facility, which automatically... Read more
December 6, 2010
Cool-colored roofing materials, developed by researchers at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, are showcased at a new outdoor display of green technologies just opened in the city of San José just across the street from City Hall.The San José Green Vision Green Energy Showcase kicked off on Wednesday with a ceremony attended by San José Mayor Chuck Reed, Vipin Gupta, a Technical... Read more
November 16, 2010
The following is from the U.S. Department of Energy. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, through its Environmental Energy Technologies Divisionis one of the three DOE National Laboratories participating in this effort:U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that 24 projects are receiving a total of $21 million in technical assistance to dramatically reduce the energy used in their... Read more
November 15, 2010
A new museum show about climate change opens at the Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, California, on Saturday November 20, 2010: Bill Nye's Climate Lab.Several Berkeley Lab scientists and staff served on the Science Advisory Board of the exhibition, including Allan Chen, Bill Collins, Inez Fung, Susan Jenkins, Michael Levi, Chris Somerville, and Paul Willems.In addition, staff members of... Read more
October 29, 2010
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Home Energy Saver website project, and Home Energy magazine, have announced the launch of Home Energy Pros, an open social network for home performance and weatherization professionals.Home Energy Pros connects building professionals and others interested in home energy efficiency by offering an online community for sharing tools, resources, and knowledge... Read more
October 27, 2010
The OpenADR Alliance has been formed to accelerate the adoption of the Open ADR communications specification as a standard for the smart grid. Supported by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Honeywell, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison, the Alliance is inviting other interested stakeholders to join them. The OpenADR communications specification... Read more
October 26, 2010
The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UC San Diego is operating a set of servers in a campus data center on 380-volt DC (direct current) power. The new modular data center on campus has sensors and other instruments to measure the energy efficiency of information and communication technologies, the infrastructure that supports it - and to help... Read more
October 22, 2010
Sila Kiliccote, a researcher in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, has received the 2010 GridWeek Award for Leadership in Smart Grid Acceleration. GridWeek cited Kiliccote for her "leadership, vision, non-traditional approach, ability to create step function vs. incremental change, and willingness to take risk." Gridweek is an annual gathering of Smart Grid stakeholders whose goal is... Read more
October 20, 2010
The following article was written by Jon Bashor, Berkeley Lab's Computing Sciences Division.A newly approved standard to help reduce energy use by networked devices was driven in part by an informal collaboration between energy efficiency and network experts at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The standard, adopted September 30 by IEEE, the world's leading professional... Read more
August 26, 2010
The following article was published today by the University of California, San Diego. William Tschudi and other researchers from the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are participating in this energy-efficient data center demonstration project.San Diego—A consortium of researchers from the public and private sectors have embarked on a real-world... Read more