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    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.

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    Let’s Teach Kids to Ignore Nuclear Lies

    Unfounded fears of radiation lead to fears of nuclear power, which in turn limit the potential to increase our utilization of the densest source of emissions-free energy. We’re teaching kids to recognize truths about radiation.

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    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.

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    Early Stage Cleantech Funding – If VCs won’t do it, who will?

    In the past year, Venture capital (VC) funding for early-stage cleantech companies seems to have mostly dried up. The good news is that other cleantech investors are stepping up to fill the void- including UC Berkeley through the Cleantech University Prize.

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    Pioneering the future of nuclear energy innovation

    For two weeks this August, students from around the world gathered at UC Berkeley for the first ever Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp. The goal? To train the next generation of nuclear professionals to generate ideas and solve problems with significant real-world impact.


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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.

29 November 2016

BERC China Focus Coffee Chats

BERC China Focus is pleased to have hosted monthly Coffee Chats with researchers and professionals in the field of energy and environment this semester, including Yaosen Tian from LBNL, Professor Baoxia Mi from UC Berkeley’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept., as well as Junyi Du and Sue Chau from the Chinese American Environmental Professionals Association (CAEPA).

29 November 2016

Automating Us – The entanglement of people and machines

Technologies like touchscreens, smartphones and the Internet have already transformed the way we interact with the world around us. However, many of these changes will soon be overshadowed by a dramatic reshaping of the way in which we make decisions and carry out tasks, a shift brought along by the development of automation technologies.

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Potato Solar and Visualizing Gun Violence Take Home Top Prizes at Brave New Hacks

This past weekend, nearly 40 participants from UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and the Bay Area gathered for Brave New Hacks, the 4th annual BERC Cleanweb Hackathon. The event was a huge success, and 7 teams made pitches at the end of the 24-hour event in front of a panel of judges, including Kate Knox of Advanced Microgrid […]

21 November 2016

Challenges and Opportunities for our Water-Energy future

On November 2, 2016, BERC held its annual 2016 Resources Roundtable, featuring the Water-Energy Nexus. Attracting over 100 UC Berkeley students, faculty, and professionals, the conversations shed light on current and anticipated challenges to the water-energy nexus, as well as steps towards achieving a sustainable future in a world with growing population and resource demands. […]