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 […]
The 11th annual BERC Energy Summit is on Thursday and Friday, February 23rd and 24th and I cannot wait! Each year, BERC brings together 600 people from across academia, cleantech, the public sector, and more to connect about energy issues at our flagship conference. Under this year’s theme, The Path Forward: Building our Energy Future […]
I always tell my younger friends when they’re thinking about getting involved with BERC that it’s been one of the best parts of my time at Cal, and not just professionally. Getting to just hang out, and pick the brains of the graduate students in BERC, and having people to nerd out with about energy […]
Does time-varying pricing significantly increase the efficiency of the decisions that consumers are making? That is, do consumers that currently pay flat rates behave very differently if they faced volatile hourly varying prices? A look at Spain’s solar market may help answer those interesting questions
Last Monday, April 19, BERC hosted Adam James from SolarCity and the Clean Energy Leadership Institute. Adam discussed the opportunities and challenges of developing energy solutions internationally.
2015 was a breakout for the Renewable energy industry, with the investments and capacity addition surpassing previous records despite falling oil, gas, and coal prices. Here are some of key figures and highlights about renewable energy in 2015, covered in a UNEP report.
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.
In October, the Department of Energy announced an investment of $20 million in fuel cell research and technologies, to be allocated among ten projects. The ten funded projects will focus on fuel cell research ranging from hydrogen production using microbial biomass conversion to optimization of platinum metal catalysts used in the electrodes of fuel cells.