Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will help the federal government save energy with expert help paid for by $1.8 million in stimulus funding.
The grants — most of them from the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program — will be spent on advice and assistance to various federal agencies about how to use energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
The Department of Defense chipped in $445,000 of the $1.8 million.
Arun Majumdar, who runs the lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division, said the money will be spent on “advanced energy assessment tools” to help the agencies improve energy use “for years to come.”
Specifically, this money will pay for help to:
- Federal data centers for the DOE, the U.S. Marine Corps and the military’s Pacific Command in Hawaii.
- A Department of Agriculture laboratory in Albany (this work could also be applied at other, identical labs around the country).
- The National Institutes of Health, where lighting will be improved, particularly with use of LED lighting.
- The U.S. military, which will seek to improve water and energy waste management in its buildings. Tests of these improvements will be done at the Naval Facilities Engineering Center in Port Hueneme, near Oxnard, and at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Fort Detrick in Maryland will be studied for possible use of solar panels for some or all of its electric power.