Category Archives: Energy

How Hot Will It Get?

As this scorching summer winds down, take some time to reflect on the extreme heat of these past few summers, with 2010 and 2012 contending to be the first and third the hottest summers on record in the U.S., respectively.

It’s hard to argue against global warming in the midst of a heatwave, but how directly does this extreme weather correlate to our carbon consumption? And what does a rapidly warming planet mean for our future?

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Science at the Theater series includes presentations from climate scientists Bill Collins, Margaret Torn, Michael Wehner, and Jeff Chambers and UC Berkeley economist, Max Aufhammer, who discuss the pace and consequences of climate change.

Learn about the latest global warming projections from the experts in “How Hot Will It Get?.”

See what other cutting edge science videos are available in the Science at the Theater Series!

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Seven Big Ideas – Science at the Theater

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presents Seven Big Ideas – 8 new episodes from the popular Science at the Theater series.

The first episode, Seven Big Ideas, features seven Berkeley lab scientists who have eight minutes each to introduce their revolutionary projects to the audience.

Meet Blake Simmons, who has been working on a plan to replace a barrel of oil with plants and microbes. But not just one barrel of oil, he says, his idea is intended to replace all the barrels of oil that keep countries all over the world moving.

He explains that oil produces many products for our carbon economy, such as gasoline, diesel, polymers and more. In order to undo our reliance on oil we have to find substitutes for all of these different products that the oil produces.

Watch “Seven Big Ideas” to hear about his plan to make replacing oil affordable and sustainable, as well as other game changing ideas from Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, Bill Jagust, and more!

See what other episodes are in the Science at the Theater series!

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Between Inventor and Invention

Where do technology innovations come from? We associate revolutionary inventions like the light bulb with their inventors, attributing the solitary genius of people like Thomas Edison with the production of something that has changed society.

Professor Andrew Hargadon of UC Davis challenges this view of innovation, in the hopes of demystifying the cumulative process of modern inventions.

With increasing demands for more, faster solutions to the environmental and social dilemas of today, Hargadon explores the history of the light bulb’s invention in order to reveal the distorted way that the public construes the process of innovation.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presents Hargadon’s talk “Long Fuse, Big Bang: Thomas Edison, Electricity, and the Locus of Innovation” which goes to show that innovation might not work the way you think it does.

For more videos from Professor Hargadon, click here.

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Global Energy Industry Insights and Solutions with Amy Jaffe

One of the world’s leading global energy and oil industry experts, Amy Jaffe now serves as UC Davis’ Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability.

Jaffe recently sat down for an in-depth conversation with UC Davis Graduate School of Management Dean Steven Currall about current energy issues, trends and even solutions.

Watch Global Energy Industry Insights and Solutions with Amy Jaffe, online now.

You’ll find even more knowledgable guests and fascinating conversations at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management series page.

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Hot Stuff, Cool Science

UC Merced researchers discovered that hollow cylindrical luminescent solar concentrators, bottom, are more efficient than traditional flat panel concentrators.

There’s nothing more uncomfortable than getting into a piping hot car that’s been sitting in the sun for hours. Would it help to know that at least some of that heat was generating energy for you?

That’s what the UC Merced researchers in the latest episode of UCTV Prime Cuts are working on and it’s a pretty cool way to make the sun’s energy work for you.

As you’ll see in the video, the research team has redesigned luminescent solar concentrators to be more efficient at sending sunlight to solar cells, allowing for much less cost-prohibitive solar panels to be used in new places — like the windows of your car while it bakes in the sun.

Check it out… yay science!

Solar Concentrators – UCTV Prime Cuts

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