Archive for BERC Communities

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12 November 2017

Trumps wants tariffs, and he’ll get a solar tariff

This is the third of a multi-post blog series by the BERC-Action community. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire BERC organization.    President Trump has said “I want tariffs. And I want someone to bring me tariffs.” When it comes to solar, he will have a chance to levy […]

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8 November 2017

DOE Appliance Standards Program

This is the second of a multi-post blog series by the BERC-Action community on President Trump’s proposed budget. The first piece was on the Importance of the EPA. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire BERC organization.    Energy efficiency standards for appliances are the reason why your household energy use […]

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16 October 2017

The Importance of the EPA

This is the first of a multi-post blog series by the BERC-Action community on President Trump’s proposed budget. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire BERC organization.    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), established by Richard Nixon in 1970 amidst strong bipartisan and public support, is the reason why […]

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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).

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26 November 2016

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 […]

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20 April 2016

BERCShop: China’s Carbon Market and Lessons Learned from California

As the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, China has an important role in reducing the effects of global climate change. China believes that having an effective national carbon trading system may significantly mitigate its carbon production to meet the country’s climate goals.

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13 April 2016

BERC-E 4/11: Using theory to predict new energy materials

This week in the BERC Engineering subgroup we took a look at a new paper that goes over some cool examples of when theoretical models successfully predicted new materials as being useful for energy applications before they were experimentally synthesized and measured.

Source: Natel Energy
31 March 2016

BERCshop: Natel Energy

On March 7, BERC-E hosted a BERCshop with one of the founders of Natel Energy, who explained how their small-scale hydropower technology works. Abe Schneider, President and CTO of Natel, told the story of how he and his sister started a company to make their father’s vision of generating electricity from low-head, high-flow water sources a commercial reality.