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Solar Energy Research Center

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

SERC rendering

The SERC building will be a 39,000 gsf building designed to house research laboratories and offices devoted to nanoscale photovoltaic and electro-chemical solar energy systems.  The location of the building is in the area known as Old Town and will be immediately east of Building 26 (Medical) off McMillan Road. Currently the project is under construction with planned completion in the Fall of 2014.

The goal in building SERC is to develop the science and technology to create transportation fuels, i.e. solar fuels, from sunlight.  The research will seek to answer the question of how we create nanoscale sunlight collectors, efficient catalytic processes, and product separation technologies to develop inexpensive systems using abundant and environmentally friendly materials.  The multi-disciplinary staff at SERC will address these, and other challenges, in order to develop an efficient solar to chemical energy system, using nanoscale photovoltaic and electrochemical technology.  Fuels that might result from this research include hydrocarbons, ethanol, methanol, and hydrogen.

Additional Information

ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has issued environmental documents for proposed activities.  The documents are provided below in reverse chronological order by the environmental act that they address. Additionally, we have included related documents at the bottom of the page.

Most documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.  You may download a free copy of the software from Adobe's website.

CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA)

NOTICES AND PRESS RELEASES

Date Issued Document Title Comment Period
(if applicable)
12/22/10 PDF iconNotice of Availability – Final EIR  
9/7/10 PDF iconNotice of Completion / Notice of Availability – Draft EIR 9/7/10
to
10/21/10
5/13/10 PDF iconNotice of Preparation – Draft EIR 5/13/10
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6/11/10
5/13/10 PDF icon Notice of Preparation – Draft EIR, Attachment A: Public Scoping Meeting 5/13/10
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6/11/10

 

FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR)

Date Issued Document Title Comment Period
(if applicable)
12/22/10 PDF icon Executive Summary  
12/22/10 PDF icon Cover Sheet, Table of Contents, 1.0 Introduction  
12/22/10 PDF icon 2.0 Comments and Responses to Comments (Part 1)  
12/22/10 PDF icon 2.0 Comments and Responses to Comments (Part 2)  
12/22/10 PDF icon 3.0 Report Preparation  
12/22/10 PDF icon Comment Letter Attachments (17.2 MB)  
12/22/10 PDF icon Final Environmental Impact Report (All, 7.4 MB)  

 

Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Date Issued Document Title Comment Period
(if applicable)
9/7/10 PDF icon Cover Sheet 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon Table of Contents 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon 1.0 Introduction 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon 2.0 Executive Summary 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon 3.0 Project Description 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon 4.0 Environmental Setting, Impacts, and Mitigation Measures 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon    4.1 Asthetics 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon    4.2 Air Quality 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon    4.3 Geology and Soils 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon    4.4 Greenhouse Gas Emissions 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon    4.5 Hazards and Hazardous Materials 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon    4.6 Hydrology and Water Quality 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon    4.7 Noise 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon    4.8 Transportation and Traffic 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon    4.9 Wastewater and Energy Systems 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon 5.0 Alternatives 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon 6.0 Other Considerations 9/7/10
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10/21/10
9/7/10 PDF icon 7.0 Report Preparation 9/7/10
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10/21/10

 

Documents - Referenced in Environmental Reports


Date Issued Document Title Comment Period
(if applicable)
9/3/10 PDF iconSERC Truck Noise Memo 9-3-10.pdf  
9/3/10 PDF iconSERC Noise Memo 9-3-10.pdf  
8/19/10 PDF iconSERC HHRA Memo.pdf  
4/8/10 PDF iconSERC Geotech Report.pdf  
1/26/10 PDF iconSP2 AQ Tech Analysis.pdf  
8/31/09 PDF iconBldg 25 Paleo Investigation.pdf