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William Torre Appointed NAATBatt's New Chief Technology Officer

April 06, 2017

NAATBatt International has appointed William Torre, CER's Director of Energy Storage, as their new Chief Technology Officer. Bill will help guide programming and field inquiries, from members of the press and the public, about advanced electrochemical energy storage systems and technology. more...

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CER CHARGES Project Featured at ARPA-E Innovation Summit

March 17, 2017

CER’s Department of Energy funded ARPAe Cycling Hardware to Analyze and Ready Grid-Scale Electricity Storage (CHARGES) project was staged at this year’s ARPA-E innovation summit technology showcase. more...

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Research to Help Mitigate Future Shocks to State’s Water, Food and Energy Supplies

February 16, 2017

The California drought may be unofficially over, but that doesn’t mean it won’t return. Policymakers, businesses and the agriculture industry can best prepare for that possibility by applying what they have learned from past droughts to future events. more...

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High Tech High Students Tour Campus Microgrid

December 24, 2016

As part of their class research into Zero Net Energy (ZNE) facilities, students from High Tech High toured the UC San Diego Microgrid, where they were introduced to the campus’ energy storage system, photovoltaic installation and central power plant, and learned about UC San Diego’s efforts to become a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) campus. more...

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UC awards $14 Million in National Security Lab Grants

November 21, 2016

The 2017 UC National Laboratory Research and Training competition awarded more than $14 million in research grants to four collaborative research proposals. CER's Director Farhat Beg is the Lead Principal Investigator of the Center for Frontiers in High Energy Density Science, which received $4.1 million. more...

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Christopher Holland receives 2017 DOE INCITE award

November 14, 2016

The DOE Office of Science announced 55 projects through its Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. Christopher Holland, a Research Scientist at CER, received 100 million core-hours to study instabilities in tokamak reactors to better predict confinement in future devices.  more...

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Jake Spisak awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Poster at APS DPP Conference

November 5, 2016

Jake Spisak was the recipient of an Outstanding Undergraduate Poster award at the 2016 APS Division of Plasma Physics Conference, for his poster entitled "Hybrid Particle-In-Cell Simulations of Weakly Collisional Shock Formation". more...

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Jose Boedo named a 2016 American Physical Society Fellow

October 12, 2016

Jose Boedo was named a 2016 fellow of the American Physical Society. He was nominated by the Division of Plasma Physics and honored for his ground-breaking contributions to the studies of plasma drifts and intermittent plasma transport in the peripheral region of tokamaks. more...

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Remembering Sol Penner, CER's Founding Director

July 15, 2016

Professor Emeritus Stanford S. “Sol” Penner, the founding director of our Center for Energy Research and a creator of UC San Diego's engineering program, passed away on July 15, 2016 at his home in La Jolla. He was 95 years old. more...

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Bringing Energy Innovations to Market

April 14, 2016

The San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster identifies innovative entrepreneurs that are developing solutions to the region’s priority energy needs and provides them with a customized plan that includes access to advisory support, technology commercialization services, and proof-of-concept and pilot testing. more...

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UC San Diego Projects Featured at DOE-ARPAe Innovation Summit

March 2, 2016

The University of California San Diego was well represented at this year’s ARPAe Innovation Summit, held in Washington DC from February 29 to March 2. The Center for Energy Research sponsored two funded ARPAe projects.  more...

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President Obama honors Extraordinary Early-Career Scientists

February 18, 2016

Tammy Ma, a former Ph.D. student of Director Farhat Beg, was named by President Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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Jonathan Peebles wins Best Poster Prize at NNSA Stockpile Academic Alliance Symposium

February 2016

CER graduate student, Jonathan Peebles, was awarded Best Poster Prize at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s 2016 Stockpile Academic Alliance Symposium.

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Bill Torre and Cleantech awarded CEC Energy Innovation grant

February 2016

The California Energy Commission awarded the San Diego Regional Innovation Cluster energy grant to Bill Torre's research group in collaboration with Cleantech San Diego.

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New finding may explain heat loss in fusion reactors

January 2016

Researchers at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, in collaboration with others at the University of California at San Diego, General Atomics, and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, say that they have found the key.  more...

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Seeing where energy goes may bring scientists closer to realizing nuclear fusion

January 2016

The team, led by scientists and engineers at the University of California, San Diego and General Atomics, developed a new technique to “see” where energy is delivered during a process called fast ignition, which is an approach to initiate nuclear fusion reactions using a high-intensity laser.  more...

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X-ray breakthrough 'opens door' to controlled nuclear fusion

January 2016

new technique to monitor a process called 'fast ignition' has been developed, in what could be a critical step towards a viable method of creating controlled nuclear fusionmore...

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