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Release of "beta" Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER)
Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) announced the release of the beta Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER) (better.lbl.gov/) to the public today.
The easy-to-use, open-source BETTER tool allows building owners and managers to rapidly... Read More
Falling prices for renewable energy and storage could help China get more than half its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030 at lower costs, according to a new analysis from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab), the University of California, Berkeley and Stony Brook University.
The cost of energy from solar panels, wind turbines and battery storage have dropped as much as 85% over the past decade... Read More
An event centered on microgrid technology first organized 15 years ago by a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) has flourished, drawing researchers from around the world. The Fort Collins 2019 Symposium on Microgrids, held August 9-12 in the magnificent Lory Student Center at Colorado State University (CSU), was attended by 134 researchers from 24 countries.
Microgrids are local power systems that can operate as... Read More
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is collaborating with Pre-cast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and Gate Precast on evaluating 3D-printed molds, which have faster lead times, increased durability, and better quality, for the Domino-Site A building in New York City under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE)... Read More
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Johnson Controls, Inc. released an alpha version of the Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER) on January 15 at the 2019 AHR conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
BETTER provides commercial, institutional, and government building owners and managers with an open-source, easy-to-use tool to target efficiency improvements by turning readily-available, monthly energy... Read More
Johnson Controls’ new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, a CERC-BEE Showcase Building, is the first triple-certified green building in China, achieving LEED Platinum, IFC EDGE and China Three Star Certification.
To ensure building operations remain sustainable over time, Johnson Controls turned to Building Information Modeling energy analysis using Autodesk software to quickly create an EnergyPlus model that provides the basis for ongoing... Read More
Utility Dive quoted the Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division's Chris Marnay in a recent article about de-energizing utility lines as a safety measure.
Chris Marnay is a retired Staff Scientist who worked at Berkeley Lab for 29 years. He models economic-environmental problems related to likely future adoption patterns of small-scale distributed energy resources (DER), especially when clustered in microgrids exercising... Read More
In a recent Facebook post, Energy Secretary Rick Perry lauds the DOE’s national labs and “the incredible work... Read More
Ravi Prasher has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The announcement follows an international search.
Prasher, an internationally renowned scientist in the field of thermal energy science and technologies, has been director of Berkeley Lab's... Read More
After serving four years as Berkeley Lab's Associate Director for Energy Technologies, Ramamoorthy Ramesh will be returning to his research in ultra low-power electronics while also helping to lead a major Berkeley Lab research initiative in next-generation, energy-efficient microelectronics.
This new initiative has been dubbed "Beyond Moore's Law," as it seeks the solution to what will happen when Moore's Law — which holds that the number of... Read More
The United States and China have been cooperating since 2016 under the Power Consumption, Demand and Competition Cooperation to identify solutions to advance key elements of China’s comprehensive market reforms to foster a competitive, transparent and sustainable electric power sector in China. Co-led by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources and China’s National Development and Reform Commission and... Read More
Release of Report of U.S.-China Power Consumption, Demand and Competition Cooperation: Policy Recommendations for the Pilots in Guangdong, Jilin, Jiangsu, and Shanghai
The United States and China have been cooperating since 2016 under the Power Consumption, Demand and Competition Cooperation to identify solutions to advance key elements of China's comprehensive market reforms to foster a competitive, transparent and sustainable electric power... Read More
A workshop to introduce Chinese government officials to a range of U.S. technology companies that could help them implement their low-emission action plans – thereby facilitating commercial opportunities for U.S. companies in China – was recently hosted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s China Energy Group in Shenzhen, China.
More than 60 individuals from U.S. and Chinese government and research institutes, and U.S. companies, were in... Read More
Nan Zhou recently delivered a keynote speech and participated in a panel discussion on “The Energy Transformation Imperative” at the World Sustainable Development Forum (WSDF).
Zhou discussed the techno-economic potential in key emerging economies to increase electrification rates across the transport, industrial, and buildings sectors, to reduce final energy demand by 2050.
WSDF brings together powerful... Read More
The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development was held in Beijing’s Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on December 9–11, 2017. This important forum allows Chinese leadership to engage the international community on environment and development issues. The theme of the 2017 meeting was “Ecological Civilization in Action: a Common Green Future for the New Era”.
Jiang Lin is the Nat... Read More
Through the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) program, the U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and U.S. industry, are working together to accelerate the research, development and deployment (RD&D) of advanced building energy efficiency technologies. A cornerstone of the program is R&D on building energy efficiency financing product innovation to... Read More
On December 12th in Beijing, China, Carolyn Szum participated in a panel discussion entitled, “International Green Finance Experience Exchange,” alongside representatives from Citibank, HSBC, and the Green Climate Fund, to advise leading Chinese banks and government agencies, such as Ministry of Finance, National Development and Reform Commission), People’s Bank of China, China Banking and Regulatory Commission, and China’s Green Finance... Read More
Jiang Lin of Berkeley Lab's China Energy Group will join the University of California-Berkeley as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, beginning January 1, 2018. Lin is a staff scientist in the China Energy Group, the Nat Simons Presidential Chair in China Energy Policy, and co-director of the Berkeley Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change (BTJRC).
This joint appointment will... Read More
Berkeley Lab's Jiang Lin delivered a keynote speech at the International Forum on Sustainable Solutions for New Era of Ecological Civilization at Tsinghua University on December 18, 2017. Dr. Lin presented research results on potential impacts of electricity market reforms in Guangdong Province from a study by Berkeley Lab's China Energy Group and the Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center. Researchers from Berkeley Lab, Energy and... Read More
The 3rd Sino-U.S. Energy and Environment Summit Forum was held in Changsha, China on December 4-5, 2017. The event was organized by Stony Brook University and Tongji University under the banner of the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships program. Over 300 representatives from the U.S. and Chinese government, universities, research organizations and private sector participated in the forum, which focused on monetizing fugitive gases in the context of... Read More
The China Energy Group took home a prestigious R&D 100 Award for its innovative Benchmarking and Energy Saving Tool for Low-Carbon Cities (BEST Cities), which provides software for low-carbon planning that users can easily install and run.
Berkeley Lab also won awards for technologies that help determine how solar energy affects the grid; understand the functions of genes in microbes under different environmental conditions; and simulate how... Read More
Nan Zhou, Head of the International Energy Analysis Department (IEAD) and China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), recently joined the editorial board of Applied Energy.
Her responsibility on the editorial board includes defining the journal's policy and scope, attracting articles for submission, and setting the future direction for the journal. Applied Energy is a widely-recognized, high-impact... Read More
In the October 2017 Special EditionofUSGBC+ Magazine, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highlights the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) program.
The article, “Advocating for Change – China makes its mark on the world of sustainability,” by Elizabeth Beardsley. The article discusses the value USGBC places on CERC-BEE for its collaborative research and development (R&D) with U.S.... Read More
On October 26th, NanZhou, Head of the International Energy Analysis Department (IEAD) and China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), delivered a talk to 300-400 faculty members and students at Chang’An University’s School of Architecture on "Reinventing Fire: Low Carbon Development Pathway to 2050" as part of the university’s distinguished lecture series.
On October 25th and 27th, Zhou... Read More
On September 5th, Carolyn Szum, China Energy Group Program Manager, delivered a presentation entitled, “California’s Movement to NZEB: Title 24,” to 40 building energy efficiency experts from 11 APEC economies (Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Russia, Thailand, and the United States) at the 5th Workshop of the APEC Nearly/Net Zero Energy Program in Honolulu, Hawaii. The presentation described California Energy... Read More
In September Dr. Nan Zhou, group leader of the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, was appointed to the Advisory Board of the APEC Sustainable Energy Center for a three year term. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for its 21 Pacific Rim member countries, whose mission is to promote free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Zhou is one of just two U.S. members on the Advisory Board.
Established in... Read More
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) China Energy Group (CEG) assisted the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in organizing the 8th U.S-China Energy Efficiency Forum (EEF) in Denver, Colorado on October 13th, co-hosted by the U.S. DOE and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The annual EEF is the primary platform for senior U.S. and Chinese officials and industry to assess the progress of energy... Read More
On October 12th, the China Energy Group (CEG) of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), along with International Energy Administration (IEA), Energy Research Institute (ERI) of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Energy Management Company Association (EMCA), Energy Foundation China (EFC), and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), co-hosted a reception at the Denver Downtown Sheraton Hotel to release the ... Read More
On September 14, 2017, Berkeley Lab's Jiang Lin gave a lecture at Peking University's National School of Development that focused on China’s power system reform under the economic “New Normal” and climate change.
Dr. Lin's presentation first reviewed the history of power sector reform in California and then discussed power overcapacity issues in China. Later, Dr. Lin re-assessed China’s electricity demand under the economic “New Normal”,... Read More