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19 April 2017

Open Spots Still Available for C2M’s 2017 Course!

  Final few spots left on C2M teams for this semester! Deadline to apply is August 22nd.  How to Become a C2M Team Member: Graduate students in science, engineering, law, policy, ERG, and more, please apply using the green button on our website.  — C2M is a unique technology commercialization program that discovers and improves pathways […]

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12 April 2017

Climate and (Mis)calculated Risk

Scientists have confirmed that our climate is changing at an unprecedented rate and in dramatic ways. Our climate is intimately linked to the global economy—from farmers in Vietnam to real estate in Miami, almost every aspect of the global economy is exposed to the effects of climate change. For these reasons and more, cities, nations, […]

Approximately 70 attendees participated in this BERC Shop, and paid close attention to the explanations and applications of these models developed by LBNL China Energy Group.
11 April 2017

BERC China Focus hosts LBNL Researchers for Discussion on Low-Carbon Development of Chinese Cities

What better way to end your week than learning about the low-carbon development pathways in Chinese cities? On March 9th, 2017, BERC China Focus invited speakers, Nina Zheng Khanna, Stephanie Ohshita, and Ying Huang, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to share various modeling tools that design low-carbon development strategies for Chinese cities. Stephanie and […]

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10 April 2017

Innovation Tips for the Energy Industry

The energy industry today faces major challenges. How will we develop clean sources of power that don’t pollute our planet, that provide energy access to the millions who don’t have it, and that maintain the reliability and stability of our electric systems? To tackle these complex challenges, we need more innovative solutions from all players […]

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15 March 2017

Building Our Energy Future: The Path Forward

Jim Rogers, Former CEO of Duke Energy, addresses cleantech professionals, academics and students at the BERC Energy Summit. “Cleantech opportunity today is as great as it has ever been.” That’s how Jim Rogers, Former CEO of Duke Energy, kicked off this year’s BERC Energy Summit on Friday, February 24. Unfortunately, a bright future does not […]

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13 March 2017

So, you’re FIRED UP!? Now what?

A Berkeley STEM Graduate Students’ Guide to Climate and Environmental Activism in the “Trumpocene Era” Disclaimer: This blog post contains information presented at “FIRED UP,” a UC Berkeley event on February 16th, 2017, aiming to connect graduate students with local climate and environmental organizations. If you catch any errors, omissions, or “alternative facts” about your […]

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22 February 2017

The Energy Blockchain – Believe The Hype, Just Don’t Forget The Physics

The analogy of blockchain to jazz was made more than once at Event Horizon, the first major conference on blockchain technology in the energy industry held last week in Vienna. Decentralized, free-form, and without a conductor, blockchains have the potential to transform incumbent centralized power structures. While this may be true for purely digital systems […]

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13 February 2017

Lessons from the Field – Building Hybrid Microgrids in Lebanon

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 […]