Tune in at noon on Friday, April 30, to learn more about Berkeley Lab’s Carbon Negative Initiative, which will address the basic science required to scale negative emissions technologies (NETs), develop analysis for integrating NETs, and ID the most promising directions for future NET research. Register for this Zoom presentation.
Plastics are ubiquitous, but they’re not practical. Less than 10% are recycled, and the other ~8 billion tons are creating a pollution crisis. A Berkeley Lab team is determined to change that. A new analysis shows producing and recycling their game-changing new plastic could be easy and cheap enough to leave old plastics in the dust.
In this Q&A, Berkeley Lab researcher Hanna Breunig explains techno-economic analysis and how she uses it to help make negative emissions technologies — which remove carbon dioxide from the air or other sources or enhance natural carbon sinks, such as forests and soil — more competitive and impactful.
Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have designed an enzyme-activated compostable plastic that could diminish microplastics pollution. Household tap water or soil composts break the hybrid plastic material down to small molecules, called monomers, in just a few days or weeks.
A new study by a team including researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley reports that the social cost of methane – a greenhouse gas that is 30 times as potent as carbon dioxide in its ability to trap heat – varies by as much as an order of magnitude between industrialized and developing regions of the world.
To celebrate Berkeley Lab’s nine decades of transforming discovery science into solutions that benefit the world, we are rolling out 90 breakthroughs over the next several months. Enjoy this tour of some of the many game-changing discoveries developed at Berkeley Lab over the years.
The Advanced Light Source, a scientific user facility at Berkeley Lab, has received federal approval for the budget, schedule, and technical scope for a major upgrade project that will boost the brightness of its X-ray beams at least a hundredfold.
Technology and commercial advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy, according to a survey led by Berkeley Lab of the world’s foremost wind power experts.
Scientists have developed a streamlined and efficient process for converting woody plant matter like forest overgrowth and agricultural waste – material that is currently burned either intentionally or unintentionally – into liquid biofuel.
New research analyzes historical trends to examine how much progress the power sector has already made in reducing emissions. It found that the U.S. cut power sector emissions by 52% below projected levels, or halfway to zero carbon emissions by 2050.