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The new three-story, 40,000 sf Solar Energy Research Center is located on the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab campus and designed for scientists developing solar-driven chemical converters that will create transportation fuels from water and carbon dioxide. Research focuses on advanced nanomaterials for use in solar light collectors and electrodes, a new generation of catalysts for energy-efficient chemistry, and specialized soft and hard membranes for integrating the light harvesting, charge separating and fuel forming components. The facility includes laboratory and office spaces, as well as research support and meeting areas. Loisos + Ubbelohde designed the daylighting, shading and electrical lighting, including innovative lighting controls for the laboratory spaces and the exterior lighting for the landscaped plaza.

 


ARCHITECT
SmithGroup, Inc

LOCATION
Berkeley, CA

CURRENT STATUS
Under Construction


Bottom left and center: Radiance simulation of electrical lighting design in laboratory.
Bottom right: Sun study of lobby.

 

 

 

 

 

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Top image courtesy of SmithGroup Inc.