During the winter break, I had the opportunity to travel to Lebanon and help to troubleshoot three hybrid microgrids in Lebanon. These sites were commissioned as part of the UNDP program CEDRO IV, and the project MED-Solar. Lebanon produces most of its electricity from fossil fuels, and the generation stations were easy to spot as […]
The 11th annual BERC Energy Summit is on Thursday and Friday, February 23rd and 24th and I cannot wait! Each year, BERC brings together 600 people from across academia, cleantech, the public sector, and more to connect about energy issues at our flagship conference. Under this year’s theme, The Path Forward: Building our Energy Future […]
I always tell my younger friends when they’re thinking about getting involved with BERC that it’s been one of the best parts of my time at Cal, and not just professionally. Getting to just hang out, and pick the brains of the graduate students in BERC, and having people to nerd out with about energy […]
BERC has joined a coalition of student energy clubs from across the country in urging the Trump administration to demonstrate leadership on clean energy, and promote support for an industry critical to future American prosperity. In an open letter addressed directly to President-Elect Trump, student leaders highlight the continued and burgeoning success of the clean energy industry, its importance to American infrastructure […]
Should we be engaging consumers about their energy behaviors and giving them choice or reducing choice and helping them automate and disengage? While these two objectives seem to compete with one another, I’d argue that maybe they aren’t as opposed as they at first seem.
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.