Pandemic drives down U.S. energy use in 2020

April 7, 2021- 
Americans used approximately 7 percent less energy in 2020, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Each year, LLNL releases flow charts that illustrate the nation's consumption and use of energy. Americans used 92.9 quads (quadrillion BTU) of energy, which is 7.2 quads less or 7 percent less than...

No miracles required: Scientists, industry experts agree California’s carbon capture and storage can be a reality

March 12, 2021- 
When it comes to California implementing a carbon capture and storage program to reach the state’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, nothing too newfangled needs to take place. During a forum titled “Carbon Capture and Sequestration in California: Regional Insights and Community Attitudes,” a group of scientists, California policymakers and industry leaders came together to discuss the...

Stepped-up U.S. investment in fusion energy

March 12, 2021- 
An influential Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee has recommended that the nation move aggressively toward the deployment of fusion energy, including investments in technology and equipment to support one of the core missions of LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) — laying the groundwork for the development of inertial fusion energy (IFE). The report, Powering the Future...

Kim Budil selected as director of Lawrence Livermore

Jan. 28, 2021- 
Kim Budil has been named director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Charlene Zettel, chair of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which manages the Laboratory for the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), made the announcement to Laboratory employees Jan. 28. Budil will begin her new role on March 2. Appointed with...

Lab teams earn DOE Secretary Achievement Awards

Jan. 27, 2021- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employees, participating in 10 project teams, recently earned Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Achievement Awards. Representing some of the highest internal, non-monetary recognition that DOE employees and contractors can receive, these awards recognize DOE employees and contractors for their service and contributions to the department’s...

Lab garners five commercialization grants

Dec. 22, 2020- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and engineers have put together another first-rate year securing major grants through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). “We did quite well, although the diversity of the research projects funded wasn’t as broad as last year,” said Rich Rankin, the director of the Lab’s Innovation and...

HPC4Energy Innovation kicks off fall 2020 solicitation

Nov. 19, 2020- 
The High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Program, managed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is seeking new industry proposals for short-term projects that could benefit from world-class DOE high performance computing (HPC) and expertise. Under the fall 2020 HPC4EI solicitation, DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency...

DOE announces five new energy projects at LLNL

Nov. 13, 2020- 
The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced two rounds of awards for the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation Program (HPC4EI), including five projects at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). HPC4EI connects industry with the computational resources and expertise of the DOE national laboratories to solve challenges in manufacturing, accelerate discovery and...

Technique harvests waste heat from untapped sources

April 14, 2020- 
Thermoelectric materials convert heat to electricity or vice versa. However, their application to harvest waste heat is limited by challenges in fabrication and materials. Finding cost-effective ways to cover large and potentially complex surfaces has remained an issue but is crucial to take advantage of waste heat sources. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) material scientists...

HPC4Energy Innovation Program issues special solicitation for American manufacturers

March 17, 2020- 
The High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Program, managed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has issued a special solicitation seeking industry partners to collaborate with the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) national laboratories on projects to improve manufacturing processes. This special solicitation invites members of Manufacturing USA, a network of...

Institute turns over a new LEAF in energy security

Nov. 12, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has opened a center that will develop new materials for energy applications from inception to technology demonstration. The Laboratory of Energy Applications for the Future (LEAF) was formed to coordinate research efforts for energy- and environment-related technologies and capabilities. “LEAF will address crucial science and technology...

Lab researchers launch collaboration with communities to improve clean energy

March 13, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently launched a new initiative focused on sharing solutions developed at the Lab with local communities to help them develop a sustainable, resilient and affordable energy infrastructure. Under the initiative, LLNL will share its expertise in advanced clean energy technologies — such as microgrids, energy-efficient "smart" buildings and...

Transforming the future: LLNL team explores electric grid modernization via HPC

Jan. 24, 2019- 
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team has successfully deployed a widely used power distribution grid simulation software on a high-performance computing (HPC) system, demonstrating substantial speedups and taking a key step toward creating a commercial tool that utilities could use to modernize the grid. Partnering with power management company Eaton to use its CYME software...

DOE funds LLNL project aimed at improving energy efficiency in buildings

Sept. 10, 2018- 
The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) recently awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers with $3 million for a three-year project aimed at using building energy more efficiently to shave peak electric energy usage. The project, led by LLNL power systems researcher Jhi-Young Joo...

Simulation for grid transmission, distribution

June 11, 2018- 
Renewable energy is on the rise, especially in California, where utility companies are mandated to get at least half of their power from renewable resources, such as solar and wind, by 2030. It may be a positive development for the environment, but questions linger about how electricity generated by residential solar panels and home battery storage can affect the stability of the electrical...

New exascale system for earth simulation

April 23, 2018- 
A new earth modeling system unveiled today will have weather-scale resolution and use advanced computers to simulate aspects of Earth’s variability and anticipate decadal changes that will critically impact the U.S. energy sector in coming years. After four years of development, the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) will be released to the broader scientific community this month. The...

Secretary Perry: LLNL 'making a difference, impacting people's lives in a powerful way'

March 28, 2018- 
Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first visit to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on Monday, praising Lab employees for "making a difference in people’s lives" and reaffirming DOE’s commitment to securing the future of its national laboratories. Perry made the remarks during a joint all-hands meeting with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Livermore Field...

Laboratory pilots electric vehicle program

Nov. 14, 2017- 
Through a collaboration with the Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently launched a government-owned electric vehicle program, helping the Lab and its employees to be proactive in reducing emissions and meeting future sustainability goals. See the video. The program is threefold. The Lab added a Level II charging station and two Level II solar...

LLNL project aims to transform electrical grid resiliency with distributed energy resources

Sept. 28, 2017- 
In the event of a major earthquake, hurricane or flood, electricity might be lost for days, affecting communications, recovery efforts and people’s lives. Normally, in a large-scale emergency, distributed energy resources (DERs) -- such as the energy produced by solar panels at customers’ homes -- are shut off to protect the greater electrical grid. But a new project headed by Lawrence...

Americans used more clean energy in 2016

April 10, 2017- 
Americans used more renewable energy in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Overall, energy consumption was nearly flat. Each year, the Laboratory releases energy flow charts that illustrate the nation's consumption and use of energy. Americans used 0.1 quads (quadrillion BTU), more in 2016...