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...

Department of Energy issues second installment of Quadrennial Energy Review

Jan. 18, 2017- 
The Department of Energy has issued the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which focuses on the electricity system and its role as the enabler for accomplishing three key national goals: improving the economy, protecting the environment and increasing national security.The report analyzes trends and issues confronting the nation’s electricity sector out to 2040,...

Friedmann receives Greenman Award

Nov. 22, 2016- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) energy guru Julio Friedmann has been honored with the Greenman Award by the Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) conference series. Friedmann is recognized for his tireless efforts to promote carbon capture and storage, particularly at large scale. This award is given to those who have made career-scale impact on the management of CO2 remova...

Lab wins two regional FLC awards

Oct. 21, 2016- 
Two teams of LLNL scientists, supported by a Lab business development executive, have each received regional awards for technology transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC). This year's awards, one for technology work and the other for a partnership, were presented last month during the FLC's two-day Far West/Mid-Continent regional meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Started in...

Fusion award honors LLNL scientist's career

Oct. 11, 2016- 
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researcher Wayne Meier as the recipient of their 2016 Fusion Technology Award. The award will be presented at the 2017 Symposium on Fusion Engineering June 4-8 in Shanghai, China. The Fusion Technology Award recognizes Meier’s 40-year...

LLNL to lead development of manufacturing training program for energy entrepreneurs

Sept. 29, 2016- 
The "valley of death" can make or break a startup enterprise due to the cost and time involved in getting from prototype to profitability. To help clean technology entrepreneurs and engineers navigate across the chasm and make it safely to the other side, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced the Build4Scale Manufacturing...

Lab team measures peripheral nervous system activity with microchip-based platform

July 26, 2016- 
For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have successfully incorporated adult human peripheral nervous system (PNS) cells on a microelectrode platform for long-term testing of chemical and toxic effects on cell health and function. The study, part of a project known as iCHIP (in-vitro Chip-Based Human Investigational Platform), was recently published...

Livermore, Berkeley labs lead project to increase power grid cybersecurity

July 11, 2016- 
Cybersecurity experts Jamie Van Randwyk of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Sean Peisert of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are leading a new program to develop new data analysis methods to better protect the nation’s power grid. The project, "Threat Detection and Response with Data Analytics," is part of a $220 million, three-year Grid Modernization...

Lawrence Livermore, NY company collaborate on power capacity for portable sensors

May 20, 2016- 
A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has begun collaborating with a New York company to improve its manufacturing process and increase the power source storage capacity of the firm’s portable sensors.Lab researchers are working with Ithaca, New York-based Widetronix under a $250,000 project financed by the Small Business Voucher (SBV) Pilot, a program launched...

LLNL energy guru returns from Washington

May 17, 2016- 
Julio Friedmann never tired of seeing the monuments, memorials, the Capitol, the Mall, meetings in the West Wing of the White House and other historic buildings. As principal deputy assistant secretary for Fossil Energy for the Department of Energy since November 2013, Friedmann was on assignment in Washington, D.C., from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He returned to Livermore in...

Lab and DOE representatives meet with industry, academia to discuss investing in clean energy

May 5, 2016- 
Representatives from Lawrence Livermore and 10 other national laboratories met last Thursday with Department of Energy officials, investors and academic institutions for the inaugural Laboratory-Investor Knowledge Seminar (LINKS) to discuss strategies to better transfer clean energy technologies from the labs to the private sector.The event, held at Innovate Pleasanton and hosted by the...

Americans used less energy in 2015

April 19, 2016- 
Americans used less energy overall in 2015 than the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.Each year, the Laboratory releases energy flow charts that illustrate the nation's consumption and use of energy. Overall, Americans used 0.8 quadrillion BTU, or quads, less in 2015 than in 2014 (a BTU or British Thermal Unit, is...