Sustainable Energy Systems Program Domain

Berkeley Lab Signs Memorandum of Understanding with French Geological Survey

  On April 10, Berkeley Lab and France’s Geological Survey, BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières), signed a Memorandum of Understanding representing their intent to expand a collaborative partnership.  The French geological survey is one of Berkeley Lab’s key European counterparts in working to address the need to protect and sustain Earth’s energy and environmental…

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New EESA Study Indicates Greater Capacity for Carbon Storage in the Subsurface

New research from the Energy Geosciences Division at Berkeley Lab shows that carbon dioxide can penetrate the inner layers of some non-swelling clay minerals which make up the dominant clays in the Earth's deep subsurface. Results of the work performed at the Center for Nanoscale Controls on Geologic CO2 (NCGC) and the national lab’s Molecular Foundry could help inform practices intended to help limit carbon dioxide emissions, such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Took Large Role in Developing New Report on the Viability and Safety of Underground Gas Storage in California

Berkeley Lab scientists took a key role in publishing an exhaustive scientific report on the safety and long-term viability of underground natural gas storage in California, requested by Gov. Brown in the aftermath of the largest methane leak in U.S. history at the Southern California Aliso Canyon UGS more than two years ago.

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Peter Nico Announced as Program Domain Lead for Resilient Energy, Water and Infrastructure

On September 19, Energy Geosciences Division (EGD) Director, Jens Birkholzer announced Peter Nico as the new Program Domain Lead for Sustainable Energy Systems (a role was previously held by Birkholzer).

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Berkeley Lab addresses California Water Resilience challenges with new major initiative

California drought--dried stream, grasses, June 2015

The Water Resilience Initiative aims to improve hydroclimate predictions of water distribution, and to develop new approaches for water generation and storage that provide resilience in an energy constrained and uncertain water future.

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