The 2023 Resources Symposium, organized with the ambitious goal of putting the ‘R’ back in Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative, took place on October 30th and 31st. This year’s topic was Mineral...Read more about Resources Symposium 2023 Highlights
Larger than ten blue whales, grayer than the eye of a hurricane, more daunting than that ten-page paper due in the morning. There are plenty of hyperboles available to describe the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters. I thought through a plethora of them as I walked into the office for...Read more about Banking the Energy Transition with the DOE's Loan Programs Office
Over the Fall 2022 semester, I wrote Subsidies for Direct Air Capture: Lessons From the Solar Industry. In the paper, I use solar – one of the few climate technologies with a history of subsidies – as a case study to project whether the subsidies in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) have set...Read more about Did the Inflation Reduction Act Help Direct Air Capture?
There is something about craning your neck upwards and staring at the heavens that really makes you understand the scale of the climate transition. As we stood at the base of a wind turbine at Altamount Pass, we had to do exactly that to take in these massive structures. The height of the...Read more about Altamont Wind Farm Visit
Food production accounts for around 26% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. From land use to livestock, how we produce, supply, and consume food is a significant contributor to climate change. On April 7th, students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and companies, came together to address how to...Read more about AgTech and FoodTech Against Climate Change
On March 8th and 9th, the 2023 BERC Energy Summit was hosted in Spieker Forum at Haas. The much-anticipated event brought together 400 industry leaders, scientists, policymakers and students, to learn, network, and exchange ideas about the energy transition. The Summit was the 16th annual...Read more about Energy Summit 2023 Highlights
Welcome to a delayed but still relevant recap of Climate Change 101! As we get the blog active after a long Covid hiatus we are ironing out some logistics, but we are excited to be sharing event highlights and interesting energy and...Read more about Climate Change 101 Highlights
We are excited to highlight a new series of posts that will be shared on both the Berkeley Science Review (BSR) and Berkeley Energy and Resource Collaborative (BERC) platforms. These articles will showcase UC Berkeley’s innovation in energy and resource...Read more about New Blog and Collaboration!
When I learned of the hiring of Patti Poppe as CEO of PG&E, my thoughts went to the impressive number of women leading major utilities throughout the country. I wondered why the utility industry, rather than tech or healthcare, seems to have such a tremendous record of success for...Read more about Women in Energy: The Great Success of Female Utility CEOs
Among the numerous changes to society caused by COVID-19, an experiment is playing out in city streets and sidewalks across America. Following lockdowns, as cities began exploring how to reopen businesses safely, a sudden need for policies and procedures to expedite access to...Read more about COVID-19 and the future of urban spaces and micromobility
As battery prices continue to fall and the penetration of variable wind and solar generation rises, power plant developers are increasingly combining wind and solar projects with on-site batteries, creating “hybrid” power plants. I had the opportunity to lead a research effort up at Lawrence...Read more about Hybrid power plants are growing rapidly: are they a good idea?
A solar panels are warranted to perform their best for 25 years. So because the first major wave of solar panel installation was around 2010, the United States has about 15 years before solar panel recycling becomes a major issue. However, a surge in PV panel waste is coming and...Read more about Solar Recycling
Spring Break is a great time to relax, spend time with family, or travel. For me, Spring Break was the perfect opportunity to attend the ICEPAG 2019 Microgrid Global Summit. The International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation (ICEPAG) is an annual clean energy...Read more about GUEST POST: UC Irvine’s ICEPAG Microgrid Global Summit (& Energy Reconnections)
BERC continues to take the world by storm, racking up double wins at UCLA's Energy Case Challenges Competition last month!
Check out the Haas blog link for more information and congratulations to Sid Mullick, Cici Saekow, Mark Sheiness, Kylie Sale, William Lynn (from Edison...Read more about From the Haas Blog: Double victory for MBA teams at UCLA Energy Competition!
Thank you to everyone who attended the 13th annual BERC Energy Summit! We had a great time welcoming all of you and learning more about the exciting work being done around energy and resources in the Cal community and beyond. A big thanks to all our sponsors and...Read more about Summit 2019 Recap
While much of our work at BERC focuses on technology, innovation and the private sector, it is important to remember that policy has some of the most critical impacts on climate and energy solutions. Without strong public leadership and vision on...Read more about Meet Kevin de León! Keynote speaker at BERC Summit 2019