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New accelerator to study steps on the path to fusion
Symmetry Breaking, May 9, 2012

Berkeley Lab scientists and engineers announced in a press release on May 8 that they have completed a machine tailor-made to examine one approach to fusion power. More >

Biomass pretreatment
CNET, Aug 20, 2011

Here in the analytics lab, ABPDU's Rakesh Banka (right) explains the lab capabilities as Paul Bryan (left), of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, listens with the first group to tour the facility following Thursday's ribbon cutting. More >

Berkeley Lab Offers Smart Building Tests
Earth Techling, Aug 3, 2011

The promise of green buildings married to super efficient smart building tech is huge, considering the fact that buildings currently account for around 40 percent of the U.S.'s total current carbon footprint. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, now offers developers of such technology a facility where systems can be tested in a setting that simulates real world situations, offering insights into their integrated functionality. More >

Energy From the Sun Even after Dark?
Earth Times, July 29, 2010

What if the energy generated from solar panels could be used even after the sun went down? What if energy from wind farms could be used on days when Mother Nature decided to be still? Imagine if we could prevent blackouts on peak days by storing clean energy in advance. All of these could be possible with innovations in green energy storage. More >

Magellan explores the cloud as a research tool
Federal Computer Week, June 17, 2010

The Energy Department is inviting researchers to apply for a space in its $32 million Magellan cloud computing evaluation program that's exploring the effectiveness of the cloud for a range of scientific computations. More >

Lawrence Berkeley lab to build DOE advanced biofuels facility
Recharge, April 1, 2010

The US Energy Department has designated its Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to build an advanced biofuels process development facility that will aim to speed commericialization by allowing researchers and private sector to test and integrate innovative technologies. More >

Berkeley Lab Rakes in More Stimulus
San Francisco Business Times, January 20, 2010

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has pulled in another $12.4 million in stimulus money to fund research into cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, radioactive decontamination and other health conditions. More >

Government Technologist: Energy's $32 Million Cloud Experiment
InformationWeek, October 21, 2009

The Department of Energy has disclosed plans to spend $32 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money testing the feasibility of cloud computing as a "cost-effective and energy-efficient" approach to scientific computing. At that price, the experiment is already off to a bad start. More >

Campus Researchers to Launch Study on Cloud Computing
The Daily Californian, October 19, 2009

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is expecting a shipment of computing hardware for the pursuit of research in cloud computing next month, after receiving $16 million in stimulus funding in August. More >

The Science of Spending Stimulus Money Wisely
New York Times, October 17, 2009

Dr. Wim Leemans, a physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, shows a touch of parental pride for the hulking machine he affectionately calls T-Rex — a high-intensity laser that pushes electrons around. But a new machine called Bella — formally, the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator — is uppermost on his mind these days. More >

Lawrence Berkeley Lab scores $16M stimulus funding for cloud computing study
San Francisco Business Times, October 14, 2009

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will split $32 million in government stimulus research funding with Argonne National Laboratory for studies of cloud computing. More >

Lawrence Berkeley to net $156M from stimulus
San Francisco Business Times, August 21, 2009

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has emerged as one of the big winners of federal stimulus cash. While “shovel-ready” projects have been the most talked about winners of stimulus money, the government is also doing its part to bankroll transformative technologies by funneling money to long-underfunded national laboratories. More >

Recovery Act pushes high-field magnet development forward
Symmetry Breaking, August 14, 2009

A collaboration of national laboratories, universities, and industry may soon begin testing a new material that could help to revolutionize the superconducting magnet field. More >

Bay Area national labs get new Recovery Act funding
Contra Costa Times, August 4, 2009

A $327 million initiative to bolster research and infrastructure programs at national laboratories is funneling more than $61 million to Bay Area facilities, the Department of Energy announced on Tuesday. More >

Laser-Powered Accelerator Plan Gets Boost from Recovery Act
Berkeley Daily Planet, July 13, 2009

A strangely colored beam pouring out a quadrillion watts of peak power spewing out subatomic particles juiced up by a ten-billion-electronic-volt laser plasma accelerator housed in a facility dubbed the “experimental cave?” While it may sound like Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) officials are calling it BELLA—short for Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator and not for that Lugosi guy who played Dracula, though he too lurked in dark, cavernous places. More >

Berkeley Lab Builds a Desktop Particle Accelerator
Popular Science, June 30, 2009

Giant particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have become the poster children for big science. Immense in size, cost, and ambition, these gargantuan structures hurl particles at velocities close to the speed of light, in the hopes of uncovering the most basic constituents of matter and energy. But when Wim Leemans gets his way, particle accelerators will be just another piece of lab equipment, no more obtrusive than a gene sequencer or a desktop printer. More >

Berkeley Lab to get $115M from Recovery Act
San Francisco Business Times, March 24, 2009

The Department of Energy will give Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory $115.8 million from the U.S. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More >