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    How To Build A Microgrid

    Microgrids, self-sufficient energy systems that can operate independently from the larger grid have been receiving more and more attention due to its capability to address energy access challenges, especially in remote rural regions where grid development can be both economically and technically challenging.

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    BERC and Cyclotron Road shining bright at ARPA-E Summit

    BERC represented at this year’s ARPA-E Summit Student Program. Over 10 current BERCies were in attendance from a wide range of departments including materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, public policy, and energy & resources.

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    Berkeley based startup Axiom Exergy wins big at ARPA-E

    Last night, a Berkeley-based startup Axiom Exergy, started by materials science graduate student Anthony Diamond, took first place in the Future Energy Pitching Session. Another Berkeley-based startup, Indoor Reality, took third place as well.

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    Energy Access Across The World

    In North America and Europe energy access is not a severe issue with all developed countries having 100% electrification rates across the board. In the developing world, however, access to energy remains a major obstacle for common people, especially in rural areas. UC Berkeley students and BERC Communities are exploring innovative ideas to tackle the various challenges of energy access.

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    New leadership team sets agenda for a successful 2015

    The new BERC 2015 Leadership Team convened in Santa Cruz this weekend for an overnight retreat, a longstanding tradition for BERC. All of the different BERC teams (marketing, events, summit, membership, finance and development, etc.) were well represented at the retreat.

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microgrid2
25 February 2015

How To Build A Microgrid

Microgrids, self-sufficient energy systems that can operate independently from the larger grid have been receiving more and more attention due to its capability to address energy access challenges, especially in remote rural regions where grid development can be both economically and technically challenging.

wind plant in Gansu
25 February 2015

Energy Access in Developing Parts of China

Northwest China’s uneven and hilly landscape makes the traditional grid system difficult to implement. But by taking advantage of the region’s distinct geological features, hydro, solar and wind power have become three major clean energy sources in northwestern area.

uclasw9a
24 February 2015

Want People to Conserve Electricity? Tell Them About Pollution-Induced Asthma

This week, BERC-e, BERC’s engineering and science community, discussed a provocative article recently published in PNAS. The study raises intriguing questions about how best to encourage energy conservation by behavior change.

cdr_technologies
23 February 2015

Carbon Removal: What the National Academy of Sciences says about this emerging field

Recently, the National Academy of Sciences released a comprehensive study dedicated to carbon dioxide removal (“CDR”). The report takes important steps towards reducing barriers for CDR to enter the mainstream climate change conversation.

member spotlight
22 February 2015

BERC Member Spotlight: Dan Sanchez

This week we’re shining the spotlight on BERC’s 2014 Co-President, Dan Sanchez!

18 February 2015

Tiny House in My Backyard: The THIMBY Project

Affordable, sustainable housing is an emerging market in the U.S. that needs more development and prototypes. The THIMBY project is an interdisciplinary collaboration of UC Berkeley students designing and building a zero net energy tiny (<400 ft2) house for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Tiny House Competition.

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