Cleantech to Market – 2012

Many BERCies don't realize that C2M began in 2009 as an independent BERC program. The original goal was to increase the connection between BERC members and the innovative energy research being pursued just up the hill at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The course takes 2nd yearMBA students from the Haas School of Business and pairs them with graduate students from Engineering, Science, Law and the Energy and Resources Group to form teams that produce two deliverables: a market research report and a presentation of their findings to a professional audience. The experience gained from this research is paramount for both the teams developing the technologies and the students researching the potential applications in multiple markets. The 2012 course continues to select cutting edge technologies from both UC Berkeley and LBNL.

The 2012 teams have already selected their Haas students. However, some teams are still looking for graduate students from other schools. We will post any open positions in the next BERC newsletter, so stay tuned!

Field-Effect Doping for High-Efficiency, Earth-Abundant Solar Team Lead: Will Greene
Drop-in method to lower $/watt costs for existing thin film solar manufacturers.
Applicant: Will Regan, PhD Student, Physics
PI: Alex Zettl, Professor of Physics, UCB; Faculty Senior Scientist, Materials Sciences Division, LBL

Solar Thermal with Stirling Engine and Energy Storage- Team Lead: Aron Kirschner
System for distributed use that transformssolar into a controllable energy source.  
Applicant: Mike He, PhD Student, EECS 
PI: Seth Sanders, Professor EECS, UCB 

Isoprenoid Based Alternative Diesel Fuel- Team Lead: Tuyet Vu
Pipeline compatible biodiesel that can be producedusing feedstock from marginal lands.    Applicant: Taek-Soon Lee, Director of Metabolic Engineering, Joint BioEnergy Institute 

Thermal Efficiency from Organic Flash Cycle- Team Lead: Amir Khan
Allows more fluid energy to be converted into electricityby a mechanical heat engine.
Applicants: Tony Ho, Samual Mao, and Ralph Greif, PhD Students, Mechanical Engineering; Graduate Student Researchers, Environmental Energy Technologies, LBL 

Self-Tuning Vibration Energy Harvester- Team Lead: Chris Tan
Technology for wireless sensor networks that passively tunes to match source vibrations. Applicant:Lindsey Miller, PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering 
PI: Paul Wright, A. Martin Berlin Chair in Mechanical Engineering, UCB; Director CITRIS

Organometallic Frames for Sunlight Storage- Team Lead: Alex Wooten
Rechargeable thermal battery that absorbs solar radiation and releases it as heat.   
Applicant: Peter Vollhardt, Professor of Chemistry, UCB 

Graphene Oxide & Sulfur Cathode for Lithium Battery- Team Lead: Chris Zach
Sulfur cathode that may significantly increase lithium battery storage capacity.     
Applicant: Yuegang Zhang, Scientist, Materials Sciences Division, LBL

Carbon Dioxide Capture via Metal-Organic Frameworks- Team Lead: Reid Spolek
Approach to carbon capture that lowers multiple types of operating costs.   
Applicant: Thomas McDonald, PhD Student, Chemistry
PI: Jeff Long, Professor of Chemistry, UCB; Faculty Scientist, Materials Sciences Division, LBL 

Personal Thermal Comfort Systems- Team Lead: Chris Hallas
Systems that can heat or cool individual work stations for building-wide energy savings.
Applicant: Edward Arens, Director, Center for the Built Environment; Professor of Architecture

Automated Building Energy Management- Team Lead: Yuri Yakubov
Adaptive, automated energy management software for existing commercial buildings. Applicant: Jiechao Li, Graduate Student, EECS, UCB 
PI: David Culler, Chair, Computer Science; Associate Chair, EECS; Faculty Director, i4Energy 

Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Using Duct Pressure- Team Lead: DanStotts
Commercial building efficiency and/or rapid DR through duct pressure optimization.   Applicant: Dave Watson, Program Manager, Building Technologies, LBL

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