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April 10, 2017

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 in the industry, both new and old. GE is one example of a large, established company that is investing heavily in clean technologies and new digital strategies. 

March 24, 2017

Hey guys! The SEC has been up to a lot of stuff this quarter – here are the highlights:

Networking Night 2017

March 15, 2017

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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. 

March 13, 2017

A Berkeley STEM Graduate Students’ Guide to Climate and Environmental Activism in the “Trumpocene Era”

Fired up cover slide

March 6, 2017

When: Monday, April 3rd, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Koelbel 230

 

Posted from CU Energy Club

February 22, 2017

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.

February 20, 2017

WhenMonday, March 6th, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Where: Koelbel 230

Posted from CU Energy Club

February 17, 2017

Hey Guys! We’ve had a busy quarter so far – take a look at what we’ve been up to over the last few weeks.

Women in Tech + Social Impact

The Stanford Women’s Community Center held their first Work Series panel this quarter on  Women in Tech + Social Impact! SEC members Yatian Qu, Lexi Butler, and Jessie Lad were among the panelists, and talked extensively about making an impact in the tech industry!

February 13, 2017

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.

February 6, 2017

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 together, the BERC Energy Summit will explore how we can advance a clean energy future in today’s divided political climate.

There will be no seminar-style talk this week, but we will go over all the awesome energy-related opportunities out there for students and preview our upcoming conference! Come chat and have some FREE Cosmos Pizza!

When: Monday, February 6th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Koelbel 230

 

Posted from CU Energy Club

January 23, 2017

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Brooke Maushund, 2016 BERCU Co-President, speaking at the Women Leaders & The Global Transformation Summit at COP22. 11 November 2016. Photo courtesy of Brooke Maushund.

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Brooke Maushund, 2016 BERCU Co-President, speaking at the Women Leaders & The Global Transformation Summit at COP22. 11 November 2016. Photo courtesy of Brooke Maushund.

January 19, 2017

BERC has joined a coalition of student energy clubs from across the country in urging the Trump administration to demonstrate leadership on clean energy, and promote support for an industry critical to future American prosperity. In an open letter addressed directly to President-Elect Trump, student leaders highlight the continued and burgeoning success of the clean energy industry, its importance to American infrastructure and job creation, and its necessity in ensuring the country remains a global economic leader.

December 9, 2016

Last month, I attended the National Distributed Energy Futures (NDEF) Conference in San Francisco. The focus of this perennial conference is on “building a better electricity grid that unlocks the value of distributed energy resources”. Yeah, that sounds like a lot of buzzwords to me too, but the core concepts explored at the conference were well in line with a lot of BERC members’ interests.

Although it’s only a few days until finals, the SEC has been busy doing cool energy-related things. We highlight some of them here, in our latest activity roundup:

SWEP Hosts Cross-Campus Open House

Solar and Wind Energy Project (SWEP), Stanford Energy Club’s newest community, recently organized a cross-campus energy open house. The event, which was sponsored by the Uytengsu Teaching Center, was designed to expose students to a sampling of clean energy project opportunities at Stanford, and included presentations by Professors John Dabiri and Mark Jacobson, as well as the Stanford Energy Club and Stanford Solar Car Project.

December 6, 2016

Colvin Wang and a number of other SEC officers attended a panel last week on the future of batteries hosted by the Churchill Club, a technology and business forum based in Silicon Valley. This is his recap of the event.

December 1, 2016

We will discuss global energy justice in our last Monthly Meeting of the semester.

When:  Monday, December 5, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Koelbel 255

Speaker: Dr. Lakshman Guruswamy

When:  Monday, November 7, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Koelbel 255

Speaker: Adam Reed

News

February 22, 2017

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.

February 20, 2017

WhenMonday, March 6th, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Where: Koelbel 230

Posted from CU Energy Club

February 17, 2017

Hey Guys! We’ve had a busy quarter so far – take a look at what we’ve been up to over the last few weeks.

Women in Tech + Social Impact

The Stanford Women’s Community Center held their first Work Series panel this quarter on  Women in Tech + Social Impact! SEC members Yatian Qu, Lexi Butler, and Jessie Lad were among the panelists, and talked extensively about making an impact in the tech industry!

February 13, 2017

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.

February 6, 2017

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 together, the BERC Energy Summit will explore how we can advance a clean energy future in today’s divided political climate.

There will be no seminar-style talk this week, but we will go over all the awesome energy-related opportunities out there for students and preview our upcoming conference! Come chat and have some FREE Cosmos Pizza!

When: Monday, February 6th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Koelbel 230

 

Posted from CU Energy Club

January 23, 2017

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Brooke Maushund, 2016 BERCU Co-President, speaking at the Women Leaders & The Global Transformation Summit at COP22. 11 November 2016. Photo courtesy of Brooke Maushund.

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Brooke Maushund, 2016 BERCU Co-President, speaking at the Women Leaders & The Global Transformation Summit at COP22. 11 November 2016. Photo courtesy of Brooke Maushund.

January 19, 2017

BERC has joined a coalition of student energy clubs from across the country in urging the Trump administration to demonstrate leadership on clean energy, and promote support for an industry critical to future American prosperity. In an open letter addressed directly to President-Elect Trump, student leaders highlight the continued and burgeoning success of the clean energy industry, its importance to American infrastructure and job creation, and its necessity in ensuring the country remains a global economic leader.

December 9, 2016

Last month, I attended the National Distributed Energy Futures (NDEF) Conference in San Francisco. The focus of this perennial conference is on “building a better electricity grid that unlocks the value of distributed energy resources”. Yeah, that sounds like a lot of buzzwords to me too, but the core concepts explored at the conference were well in line with a lot of BERC members’ interests.

Although it’s only a few days until finals, the SEC has been busy doing cool energy-related things. We highlight some of them here, in our latest activity roundup:

SWEP Hosts Cross-Campus Open House

Solar and Wind Energy Project (SWEP), Stanford Energy Club’s newest community, recently organized a cross-campus energy open house. The event, which was sponsored by the Uytengsu Teaching Center, was designed to expose students to a sampling of clean energy project opportunities at Stanford, and included presentations by Professors John Dabiri and Mark Jacobson, as well as the Stanford Energy Club and Stanford Solar Car Project.

December 6, 2016

Colvin Wang and a number of other SEC officers attended a panel last week on the future of batteries hosted by the Churchill Club, a technology and business forum based in Silicon Valley. This is his recap of the event.

December 1, 2016

We will discuss global energy justice in our last Monthly Meeting of the semester.

When:  Monday, December 5, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Koelbel 255

Speaker: Dr. Lakshman Guruswamy

When:  Monday, November 7, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Koelbel 255

Speaker: Adam Reed

November 29, 2016

Cobalt is the most expensive raw material used for building lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are used in smartphones, laptops, and electric vehicles. In the past year, the price of refined cobalt has been above $20k. Also, in the past 5 years the demand for this element from the battery sector has tripled and is projected to double again by 2020.

Join us for an exciting, in-depth presentation of emerging cleantech solutions from Caltech, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. For the first time in C2M’s seven-year history, all participants are existing start-ups, including five from Cyclotron Road.

Following the presentations, we invite you to stay for a networking reception with faculty, students, scientists, and energy industry professionals.

 

Cross-Posted from the Berkeley Science Review. Original article.

Authors: Daniel Aranki, Roel Dobbe, Jaime F. Fisac, and Cathy Wu

BERC China Focus is pleased to have hosted monthly Coffee Chats with researchers and professionals in the field of energy and environment this semester. In this series of three Coffee Chats, students discussed green technologies, research experiences, and career decisions with Yaosen Tian from LBNL, Professor Baoxia Mi from UC Berkeley’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept., as well as Junyi Du and Sue Chau from the Chinese American Environmental Professionals Association (CAEPA).

November 26, 2016

Makin' it Rain

This past weekend, nearly 40 participants from UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and the Bay Area gathered for Brave New Hacks, the 4th annual BERC Cleanweb Hackathon. The event was a huge success, and 7 teams made pitches at the end of the 24-hour event in front of a panel of judges, including Kate Knox of Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Jackie Weidman of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, and Sam Saxena of LBNL.

August 30, 2020

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 Berkeley National Lab which outlines the drivers of the new trend while discussing options for integrating the new technologies onto the grid.

March 29, 2020

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 it pays to prepare. By 2050, there will be ten-million tons of PV waste volume in North America

Luckily, much of the materials in silicon and thin-film panels can be recycled, 

October 31, 2019

Each year BERC hosts our flagship fall event, Resource Symposium, a half-day event that brings together professionals, policymakers, and academics on critical resource-related topics.

April 23, 2019

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 conference presented by the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at UC Irvine. With a focus on microgrids, ICEPAG invites professionals in both academia and industry to share their cutting-edge developments.

April 9, 2019

Marcus Lehmann

Current position: Co-founder & CEO, CalWave Power Technologies Inc.

Cal Affiliation: Visiting Research Student, Mechanical Engineering (2012-2016)

 

March 26, 2019

UC Berkeley Haas Blog

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 International/Southern California Edison), Bree Soares, Kate Tomlinson, Joyce Yao, Deborah Tan, and Nick Matcheck, all Haas MBA 20.

February 14, 2019

January 29, 2019

November 13, 2018

Zero waste, recycling and the environmental impacts of our built environment fueled debate at this year's installment of BERC's Resources Roundtable, drawing decisionmakers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and private waste management. 

October 25, 2018

So, you’ve got a great idea for turning your hard-tech research into a product or service. Great. But no matter how miraculous your discovery sounds, it cannot be turned into a viable commercial venture unless it can be scaled to meet the demand of a target market, and then manufactured and sold at a price that both sustains your business and meets your customer’s requirements for price (what they pay) and value (what they get). You have to obey the laws of capitalism!

October 16, 2018

On October 4, UC Berkeley and BERC hosted the 4th annual Smogathon highlighting the latest innovative air pollution solutions. The event was first launched in 2015 in Poland as a hackathon and has since evolved into an international competition with hundreds of applications featuring real strategies designed to improve air quality and reduce smog.

June 18, 2018

Buzz has been growing around electric water and space heaters as potent technology for helping California reach its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals. Recent state moves to require solar panels on all new residential homes by 2020 certainly make electric water and space heaters more carbon efficient.

Also helping are more efficient heater models that can produce more than three times more energy than they consume – by sucking up the heat in surrounding air or soils and pumping it into water or air.

May 31, 2018

This past spring break, 23 students from various majors were selected to participate in Solar Spring Break (SSB), a partnership between UC Berkeley’s Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) and Grid Alternatives (GRID). GRID is a nonprofit solar organization that seeks to bring renewable energy to low-income homeowners, while also providing solar education to volunteers. UC Berkeley SSB teams are traditionally sent out to Oakland neighborhoods, but for the first time this year, a team was also sent to the Salinas Valley.

May 4, 2018

Thanks to all who came out to BERC Alumni Night 2018!

On the evening of Thursday, April 26, BERC hosted Alumni Night at the offices of WSGR in San Francisco, bringing together alumni, current students and friends of BERC for a night of networking, fun and fundraising.

March 20, 2018

Are you interested in cutting edge technologies? Consider joining the Cleantech to Market (C2M) course at Haas this fall.
 

March 17, 2018

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One of the highlights of BERC’s 2018 Energy Summit in February was the recording of the popular Interchange podcast, this one featuring a conversation between host Shayle Kann and Ryan Hanley. Ryan is a renewable energy industry veteran now with Advanced Microgrid Solutions and formerly based at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Tesla and SolarCity.

March 6, 2018

Join us in accelerating cleantech innovation! Attend one of C2M’s Info Sessions—Pizza Will be Served!


Thursday, March 8, 12:30 – 1:30 in Haas School of Business Room S489

Friday, March 9, 11:00 – 12:00 in Haas School of Business Room S489

March 3, 2018

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Do you know a student, staff member or professor at UC Berkeley who’s helping the campus transition to a more sustainable clean energy future? Or someone teaching the next generation of decision-makers about the environmental challenges we all face? Here’s your chance to honor that sustainability leader, through the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability’s annual awards.

 

February 9, 2018

Are you interested in how solar power can help rural communities leapfrog dirty power production technologies? Curious whether “clean coal” is an oxymoron? Want to know why California is investing $45 billion to build some (big) water pipes?

BERC’s communities talked about all of these topics last year!

January 13, 2018

Today, our generation faces some of the most daunting challenges in history; combating global warming, addressing rising energy demand, and ensuring access to energy for all. Dealing with these challenges requires creative and innovative solutions across a multitude of disciplines, and it must involve people from all over the world who are committed to a sustainable future.

January 11, 2018

Last November, Cleanweb Berkeley hosted it’s 5th annual Hackathon, entitled ‘Whose Hacks? Our Hacks!’. With previous Hackathon winners having been in information technology for flexible demand and shared solar services, we wanted to challenge participants to take on lesser explored subjects at the intersection of data, energy and resources: environmental justice and the politics of climate change. The politics of climate change in the U.S.

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By Marie Thompson

What happens when you mix five full-time MBA first years from four different countries and completely different backgrounds with an energy case competition early in the year? For us, the answer was a winning recommendation and a first-place finish.

November 12, 2017

This is the third of a multi-post blog series by the BERC-Action community. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire BERC organization. 

 

November 8, 2017

This is the second of a multi-post blog series by the BERC-Action community on President Trump’s proposed budget. The first piece was on the Importance of the EPA. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire BERC organization. 

 

October 27, 2017

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Friday, December 1, 2017
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sibley Auditorium
Bechtel Engineering Center
UC Berkeley Campus

Gain unique insights into leading-edge cleantech innovations

October 16, 2017

This is the first of a multi-post blog series by the BERC-Action community on President Trump’s proposed budget. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire BERC organization. 

 

September 7, 2017

Check out and register for the Mobile Monitoring Challenge!

https://earth.stanford.edu/…/registration-open-mobile-monit…

 “A new competition co-sponsored by Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative (NGI) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is calling all engineers and technology developers to submit proposals for mobile methane leak monitoring technology by October 31, 2017.”

August 8, 2017

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Do you want to fight air pollution and win $100,000?

July 31, 2017

At the beginning of the summer, 30 BERC members had the pleasure of touring the Tesla factory in Fremont. Due to a strict non-disclosure agreement, I cannot include specifics about what we saw. Suffice it to say, Tesla is doing very impressively as an electric car manufacturer.

May 30, 2017

Hi Energy Enthusiasts!

The Stanford Energy Club has been up to a lot this quarter and we’re going to end with a bang this week as students and faculty transition to finals and summer.

Bloom Energy Tour

Energy Club members had the opportunity to go visit Bloom Energy’s power generation systems which utilize an innovative new fuel cell energy technology with roots in NASA’s Mars program. Students learned a lot and got to see cutting edge research in action

Stanford Energy Club and Law School Mixer

May 16, 2017

As our energy mix becomes increasingly decarbonized, regulators and grid operators face new challenges from many directions. A growing concern in regions with high penetration of renewables is the risk of uneconomic retirement of flexible capacity, such as natural gas-fired power plants.

April 19, 2017

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

April 16, 2017

Hi Energy Enthusiasts, we’re only two weeks into Spring Quarter, but the SEC has already been up to a lot!

Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) and Stanford Energy Club Happy Hour
We had a great event with YPE where undergraduates and graduates studying energy issues got to meet with recent graduates working in the energy industry at Scotty’s Bar in Palo Alto. It was well attended and everyone made genuine connections while having a great time.

April 12, 2017

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.

April 11, 2017

What better way to end your week than learning about the low-carbon development pathways in Chinese cities?

April 10, 2017

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 in the industry, both new and old. GE is one example of a large, established company that is investing heavily in clean technologies and new digital strategies. 

March 24, 2017

Hey guys! The SEC has been up to a lot of stuff this quarter – here are the highlights:

Networking Night 2017

March 15, 2017

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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. 

March 13, 2017

A Berkeley STEM Graduate Students’ Guide to Climate and Environmental Activism in the “Trumpocene Era”

Fired up cover slide

March 6, 2017

When: Monday, April 3rd, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Koelbel 230

 

Posted from CU Energy Club

February 22, 2017

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.

February 20, 2017

WhenMonday, March 6th, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Where: Koelbel 230

Posted from CU Energy Club

February 17, 2017

Hey Guys! We’ve had a busy quarter so far – take a look at what we’ve been up to over the last few weeks.

Women in Tech + Social Impact

The Stanford Women’s Community Center held their first Work Series panel this quarter on  Women in Tech + Social Impact! SEC members Yatian Qu, Lexi Butler, and Jessie Lad were among the panelists, and talked extensively about making an impact in the tech industry!

February 13, 2017

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.

February 6, 2017

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 together, the BERC Energy Summit will explore how we can advance a clean energy future in today’s divided political climate.

There will be no seminar-style talk this week, but we will go over all the awesome energy-related opportunities out there for students and preview our upcoming conference! Come chat and have some FREE Cosmos Pizza!

When: Monday, February 6th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Koelbel 230

 

Posted from CU Energy Club

January 23, 2017

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Brooke Maushund, 2016 BERCU Co-President, speaking at the Women Leaders & The Global Transformation Summit at COP22. 11 November 2016. Photo courtesy of Brooke Maushund.

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Brooke Maushund, 2016 BERCU Co-President, speaking at the Women Leaders & The Global Transformation Summit at COP22. 11 November 2016. Photo courtesy of Brooke Maushund.

January 19, 2017

BERC has joined a coalition of student energy clubs from across the country in urging the Trump administration to demonstrate leadership on clean energy, and promote support for an industry critical to future American prosperity. In an open letter addressed directly to President-Elect Trump, student leaders highlight the continued and burgeoning success of the clean energy industry, its importance to American infrastructure and job creation, and its necessity in ensuring the country remains a global economic leader.

December 9, 2016

Last month, I attended the National Distributed Energy Futures (NDEF) Conference in San Francisco. The focus of this perennial conference is on “building a better electricity grid that unlocks the value of distributed energy resources”. Yeah, that sounds like a lot of buzzwords to me too, but the core concepts explored at the conference were well in line with a lot of BERC members’ interests.

Although it’s only a few days until finals, the SEC has been busy doing cool energy-related things. We highlight some of them here, in our latest activity roundup:

SWEP Hosts Cross-Campus Open House

Solar and Wind Energy Project (SWEP), Stanford Energy Club’s newest community, recently organized a cross-campus energy open house. The event, which was sponsored by the Uytengsu Teaching Center, was designed to expose students to a sampling of clean energy project opportunities at Stanford, and included presentations by Professors John Dabiri and Mark Jacobson, as well as the Stanford Energy Club and Stanford Solar Car Project.

December 6, 2016

Colvin Wang and a number of other SEC officers attended a panel last week on the future of batteries hosted by the Churchill Club, a technology and business forum based in Silicon Valley. This is his recap of the event.

December 1, 2016

We will discuss global energy justice in our last Monthly Meeting of the semester.

When:  Monday, December 5, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Koelbel 255

Speaker: Dr. Lakshman Guruswamy

When:  Monday, November 7, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Koelbel 255

Speaker: Adam Reed

November 29, 2016

Cobalt is the most expensive raw material used for building lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are used in smartphones, laptops, and electric vehicles. In the past year, the price of refined cobalt has been above $20k. Also, in the past 5 years the demand for this element from the battery sector has tripled and is projected to double again by 2020.

Join us for an exciting, in-depth presentation of emerging cleantech solutions from Caltech, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. For the first time in C2M’s seven-year history, all participants are existing start-ups, including five from Cyclotron Road.

Following the presentations, we invite you to stay for a networking reception with faculty, students, scientists, and energy industry professionals.

 

Cross-Posted from the Berkeley Science Review. Original article.

Authors: Daniel Aranki, Roel Dobbe, Jaime F. Fisac, and Cathy Wu

BERC China Focus is pleased to have hosted monthly Coffee Chats with researchers and professionals in the field of energy and environment this semester. In this series of three Coffee Chats, students discussed green technologies, research experiences, and career decisions with Yaosen Tian from LBNL, Professor Baoxia Mi from UC Berkeley’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept., as well as Junyi Du and Sue Chau from the Chinese American Environmental Professionals Association (CAEPA).

November 26, 2016

Makin' it Rain

This past weekend, nearly 40 participants from UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and the Bay Area gathered for Brave New Hacks, the 4th annual BERC Cleanweb Hackathon. The event was a huge success, and 7 teams made pitches at the end of the 24-hour event in front of a panel of judges, including Kate Knox of Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Jackie Weidman of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, and Sam Saxena of LBNL.

November 23, 2016

Energy Week 2016 was the biggest one yet, with three action-packed days of events, starting with a keynote address from Tom Steyer, featuring 2 panels on energy entrepreneurship, a design thinking workshop, and a second keynote address from cleantech investor Ira Ehrenpreis.Our journal team has a full spread of coverage on

This year, one of our goals at the SEC has been to have continuous engagement with the energy community at Stanford, especially outside of our main events like Energy Week and Energy 360. As a result, we’ve had members and officers take part in some very interesting events, and get the opportunity to meet some truly amazing people who are working in energy and sustainability.

Given recent events, including the election of a climate denier and coal buff as President, Thanksgiving conversations might be even more awkward than normal. Luckily, us folks at the SEC have your back – we’ve compiled a list of all the great energy news that will both reassure you for the future and make your dinnertime conversations more fun. Check it out below, and happy thanksgiving!

The Cool Stuff

November 21, 2016

On November 2, 2016, BERC held its annual 2016 Resources Roundtable, featuring the Water-Energy Nexus. Attracting over 100 UC Berkeley students, faculty, and professionals, the conversations shed light on current and anticipated challenges to the water-energy nexus, as well as steps towards achieving a sustainable future in a world with growing population and resource demands.

November 17, 2016

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Every small contribution counts! Don’t forget to check your social media feeds and share our posts with your network to help us promote our amazing community.

November 14, 2016

This year BERC will participate in the annual Big Give campaign organized by UC Berkeley. This year’s theme is the “Berkeley effect”: The butterfly effect explains change. The Berkeley Effect changes the world. If a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can cause a tornado in Texas, then surely the generous hearts, good deeds, and great leaps of UC Berkeley can spark positive change all over the globe.

October 31, 2016

By Center for Environmental Public Policy

The Paris Climate Agreement covers 98 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Its adoption in 2015 at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and recent ratification create an unprecedented opportunity to address our most pressing environmental threat. Seizing that opportunity demands mobilizing trillions of dollars in public and private finance to implement the transformational climate policies required to achieve the Paris goals and sustain our communities and economies.

October 19, 2016

What is the cost of scientific misunderstanding? How many lives are lost as a result of false assumptions and inaccurate data representation? More importantly, what can I do, as a scientist, to address these misunderstandings and save those lives?

October 12, 2016

An example heat pump water heater and an airy bathroom. Source: http://tinyurl.com/z7csmw4

October 7, 2016

In the past year, Venture capital (VC) funding for early-stage cleantech companies seems to have mostly dried up. The good news is that other cleantech investors are stepping up to fill the void- including our own University. But before diving into the details of Berkeley’s Cleantech University Prize, let’s explore the VC cleantech funding issue further.

September 25, 2016

September 22, 2016

For two weeks this August, students from around the world gathered at UC Berkeley for the first ever Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp. The goal? To train the next generation of nuclear professionals to generate ideas and solve problems with significant real-world impact.

September 12, 2016

lana

Major/Field of Study
Molecular and Cell Biology

kaylanMajor/Field of Study
MBA, Haas School of Business

Tell us what you’re working on!
Product Management in the Mobile Location Based Services field for a major Tier 1 Telecommunication carrier in the US.

What’s next for you?
Management Consulting

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On Saturday, May 7th, the BERC outreach program SEED hosted their annual Energy/Water Fair on UC Berkeley’s campus. Students from both the elementary school program at La Escuelita Elementary School in Oakland and the high school program at Berkeley High braved the rain to display the science projects they worked on during the spring semester.

Every two years, the energy efficiency community gathers on the beaches of Pacific Grove, CA to attend the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Summer Study. This community ranges from engineers concerned with the most narrow technical details of hot water heating, to data scientists that seek to tease out new savings opportunities from enormous smart meter datasets.

For the first time, GTM organized a one-day summit exclusively dedicated to solar software.