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KAWAMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - JUNE 8  A "creuseur," or digger, climbs through the mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of Congo on June 8, 2016. The cobalt that is extracted is sold to a Chinese company, CDM. Cobalt is used in the batteries for electric cars and mobile phones. Working conditions are dangerous with no safety equipment or structural support for the tunnels. The diggers are paid on average US$2-3/day.  (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)
29 November 2016

Where does cobalt used in smartphone batteries come from?

Cobalt is the most expensive raw material used for building lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are used in smartphones, laptops, and electric vehicles. In the past year, the price of refined cobalt has been above $20k. Also, in the past 5 years the demand for this element from the battery sector has tripled and is projected to double again by 2020.

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29 November 2016

7th Annual C2M Symposium

Join us for an exciting, in-depth presentation of emerging cleantech solutions from Caltech, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. For the first time in C2M’s seven-year history, all participants are existing start-ups, including five from Cyclotron Road.

17 November 2016

Today is BigGive! Support BERC by making a donation

Every small contribution counts! Help BERC continue it’s mission!

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14 November 2016

Support BERC during this year’s Big Give campaign, 11/17

BERC is a huge part of the Berkeley experience for those of us who get involved while at school. We want to continue to create a community that is memorable and that forms ties that last long after leaving Berkeley, that is what the “BERC effect” means for us.

31 October 2016

BERCShop: Mobilizing Finance for the Paris Climate Agreement

On October 18th BERC and the Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP) at the Goldman School hosted an engaging, provocative panel exploring the financial details of this immense undertaking. Over 50 students, faculty, and members of the Berkeley community attended this BERCShop on “Mobilizing Finance for the Paris Climate Agreement.”

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11 October 2016

Water and Energy Intersect at the 2016 BERC Resources Roundtable

BERC is pleased to present the 2016 Resources Roundtable, The Water-Energy Nexus. UC Berkeley is a recognized leader in innovative water resources research and management in finding solutions and new technologies to solve the growing water crises of the 21st Century.

12 September 2016

First Solar Software Summit in Arizona: how software can cut 40% of solar soft costs

For the first time, GTM organized a one-day summit exclusively dedicated to solar software. This event gathered more than 250 solar professionals and featured software demos from Folsom Labs, Neurio technology, Wiser Capital, Eagleview technologies and Enact Systems.

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12 September 2016


Meet Kalyan Pentapalli, an MBA student whose work is at the intersection of energy and mobile communications.