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Research Highlights


Low-swirl Injector Wins R&D 100 Award

EETD's Robert Cheng and David Littlejohn, along with Solar Turbines, Inc., have won one of R&D Magazine's prestigious R&D 100 Awards for 2007, which recognize the 100 most significant proven technological advances of the year. The winning technology is the LSI (low-swirl injector) (see article this issue for more information).

The awards bring the total of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's R&D 100 awards — also called the "Oscars of Invention" — to 44, plus two Editors' Choice Awards over the years.

A Flex Your Power Award for Cool Roofs

Hashem Akbari and Ronnen Levinson of EETD's Heat Islands Group won one of the 5th Annual Flex Your Power Awards for developing innovative cool roofing materials with solar reflecting pigments that will cut energy consumption in warm climates by 10-20%.


...And Honorable Mention for Data Centers

Three institutions won an Honorable Mention from the Flex Your Power Awards committee for their work to improve the energy efficiency of data centers. Ecos Consulting, in coordination with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and Electric Power Research Institute, and with support from the California Energy Commission, has demonstrated an alternative that could cut that use by 20%.

Thomas McKone

McKone Appointed to Biomonitoring Panel

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Thomas McKone to California's Scientific Guidance Panel on Contaminant Biomonitoring. McKone is the acting head of the Indoor Environment Department in Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division. He is also an adjunct professor with the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. The role of the panel is to make recommendations regarding the chemicals that are priorities for biomonitoring in California, based on the likelihood of a chemical's being a carcinogen or environmental toxin with potential exposure to the public.

Press Release: Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments

Read an article about McKone's research.

Report on Energy Service Companies Available

A report examining trends in the energy services companies (ESCO) industry has found that, after experiencing a slowdown in the late 1990s, ESCOs have experienced a recovery since 2004, thanks to increasing interest in energy efficiency, rising energy prices, and adoption of energy savings goals by large institutional facilities.

The authors note that investment in energy efficiency programs by utility programs and public-benefits funded programs, about $2.5 billion was roughly equivalent to the amount of private capital leveraged by ESCOs for investment in energy efficient goods and services.

It is titled "A Survey of the U.S. ESCO Industry: Market Growth and Development from 2000 to 2006," by Nicole Hopper and Charles Goldman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Donald Gilligan and Terry E. Singer, National Association of Energy Service Companies, and Dave Birr, Synchronous Energy Solutions. LBNL-62679.

Cover of the U.S. Wind Power Report

U.S. Wind Power Report

The Department of Energy has released its annual report on "U.S. Wind Power Installation, Cost, and Performance Trends 2006." The primary authors are Ryan Wiser and Mark Bolinger of Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division, with contributions from EETD's Galen Barbose and Andrew Mills. The report describes the rapid growth in U.S. wind power installations. In 2006, U.S. wind power capacity grew 26 percent, an investment of more than $3.7 billion.

Read a DOE press release on the report, and download the report from the Electricity Markets and Policy web site.

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