Archive for BERC Communities

8 March 2016

BERC-E 2/22: Electrochemical CO2 Reduction

At this week’s BERC Engineers meeting, we discussed a technological solution for electrochemical CO2 reduction, prompted by the scientific publication of Kendra Kuhl, one of the founders of Opus 12. Electrochemical CO2 reduction has the potential to create “solar fuels,” where solar energy is used to convert CO2 into liquid fuels that can then be used as an energy carrier.

Cal-RAE and New Sun Road microgrid on Kitobo Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda
18 January 2016

Opportunities with Cal-RAE and New Sun Road

2015 was a busy and exciting year for the BERC group Cal-RAE and its partners. In 2016, Cal-RAE’s partner New Sun Road will be actively seeking paid (full-time engineering) and unpaid student interns in engineering, marketing, and business development.

21 October 2015

BERC-e 10/12: Capturing carbon from air

At our last BERC Engineers meeting, we discussed Carbon Engineering (, a start-up in Canada working to capture CO2 from the air to ultimately produce transportation fuels. Though this might sound great at first, we found many issues with this technology in our discussion.

21 October 2015

3rd annual Cleanweb hackathon is this Friday – sign up now!

Join on Oct 23-24 for the 3rd annual BERC Cleanweb Hackathon! The event will take place from 5-9pm on Friday Oct 23 and 9am-9pm on Saturday Oct 24. We have two links for registration: 1) first, sign up at Eventbrite; 2) then, head to Devpost to create a profile, and either join a team or propose […]

1 May 2015

Finding a Better Place to Dump

Berkeley Water Group IdeaLab (BWGIL) is partnering with researchers in the Berkeley School of Public Health and Pivot LTD, a waste-to-fuel startup company, to develop the hardware and local capacity needed to collect waste from informal communities in Kigali, Rwanda and turn it into renewable solid fuel.

24 March 2015

Carbon Negative Cement: Turning a Climate Liability into an Asset

BERC-E (BERC Engineers) met this week to discuss a topic lying truly at the heart of engineering: cement. Although usually not associated with climate change, cement production is responsible for 5% of global, human-caused annual CO2 emissions.

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.

29 January 2015

New Features Coming to BERC Blog in 2015!

Be on the lookout for some exciting changes coming to the BERC blog in 2015: articles centered around monthly themes, and BERC Member Spotlights!