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Biofuels

Solar fuels

Photovoltaics

Clean hydrogen

Geothermal energy

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Patrick Dobson is the Geothermal Systems program lead and staff scientist in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area. He has studied geothermal systems around the world, working on a wide range of research topics that include supercritical systems, play fairway analysis, mineral recovery, district heating, and subsurface thermal energy storage.

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Corinne Scown is a staff scientist in the Energy Technologies Area and she leads the Life-cycle, Economics, and Agronomy Division in the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). Her research is focused on modeling the economic and environmental impacts of advanced pathways to bio-based fuels and products.

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Peng Peng is a research scientist in the Sustainable Energy Systems Group in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division. His research includes developing process models to analyze the economic and environmental impacts for early-stage sustainable energy storage and critical resource circularity technologies.

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Berkeley Lab scientists are developing sensing technologies consisting of fiber-optic cables, which could be installed on floating offshore wind (FOSW) structures that have been planned off the California coast. This would allow structures to self-monitor damaging conditions that could lead to costly repairs and would also help gauge how FOSW impacts marine mammals by detecting their activity.

By harnessing the power of AI and machine learning, Berkeley Lab scientists are developing a tool that predicts properties of high-potential, bio-based molecules and fuels, paving the way for cost-effective and sustainable jet fuel production. This innovation offers a promising short-term solution to reduce emissions.

What is photosynthesis? Oh, no big deal, just the key to life on Earth as we know it! Join me as I take a deep dive into this amazingly sophisticated chemical process. Hear fascinating details they didn’t teach you in school and get a crash course on how natural photosynthesis inspires the development of renewable energy technologies that could someday replace all petroleum products.

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