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Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub  Symposium on Climate Change Technology

The Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub, expected to open during the 2027-2028 academic year, will provide a home for entrepreneurs in the burgeoning field of climate technology. The donor-funded facility will be located on the west side of campus at the site currently occupied by University Hall. Rendering by Gensler

Background

What is the Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub?

The recently announced Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub (BCH) will serve as a nexus for excellence in climate and energy innovation and entrepreneurship, lowering the barriers to the translation of impactful discoveries into companies that can create scalable solutions for societal problems. BCH will build on the success of QB3, a multicampus UC institute focused on scientific innovation and entrepreneurship, and the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub, the largest university-owned and operated incubator for life sciences start-up companies.

In partnership with QB3, the BCH will build a pipeline of funding and programming for academic internships, mentoring, networking, and investing to accelerate companies in climate technology fields. Building on UC Berkeley and LBNL strengths, including over 300 leading faculty working at the cutting edge of technology relevant to climate, focus areas will include: renewable energy; energy storage; carbon capture and sequestration; advanced building and manufacturing technologies; transportation technologies; and others. The new 145,000 square foot space and its programs will be located in a vibrant new innovation zone adjacent to downtown Berkeley and will open in 2028. The BCH is being designed to provide highly flexible wet laboratories and spaces,and scale-up capabilities to support startups rooted in chemistry, materials science, and rapid instrument prototyping, propelled by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

This symposium is currently open only to faculty, postdocs, staff scientists, and students from UC Berkeley and LBNL.

Why is the Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub needed?

The continuing use of fossil fuels (coal, petroleum, and natural gas) is contributing to a rise in the atmospheric concentration of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses, which retain heat on our planet and thereby impact both regional and global climate (weather patterns, drought, flooding) and, in turn, the stability and viability of human societies (food, water, forces for migration, human conflict). Novel technologies (renewable energy sources, energy storage, greener farming practices that reduce the formation of greenhouse gasses, greener methods of materials manufacture, capture of atmospheric CO2) are therefore needed to reduce the factors affecting climate change.

UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are conducting extensive research in areas that can reduce societal dependence on fossil energy and the CO2 footprint for the production of essential materials. The BCH will provide opportunities to translate these laboratory research findings to technologies that can impact the environment and mitigate climate change, leading ultimately to a zero-carbon footprint (no dependence on fossil energy and materials). Additionally, BCH plans to draw upon UC Berkeley’s business, law, public policy, natural resources, public health, and other schools and centers to educate entrepreneurs in translating research to technology and informing decision makers and the public about the health and economic impacts of climate technologies.

Goals

Our goals for the symposium are:

  • To engage and inform academic and national laboratory partners in the concept and timeline for BCH.
  • To illustrate how UC Berkeley and LBNL provide an unmatched academic, research, and entrepreneurial environment for a project like BCH.
  • To examine the latest technologies that address climate change and are best suited for startup R&D in BCH.
  • To brainstorm with potential industry, venture capital, and philanthropic partners about to support BCH programs and companies (from mentoring, to undergraduate internships, to growing startups).

Audience

This symposium is currently open only to faculty, postdocs, staff scientists, and students from UC Berkeley and LBNL.

Venue

All sessions will be held in the auditorium at Bakar Labs, located at 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720.

Agenda

11:00–11:30 AM Registration and box lunches available

11:30–11:45 PM Welcome, introduction to symposium and Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub (Kathy Yelick, Alexis Bell, and David Schaffer, UC Berkeley)

11:45 AM–12:15 PM Keynote Speaker: Daniel Kammen, UC Berkeley

12:20-12:50 PM Nitash Balsara, UC Berkeley: Battery Materials Recycling

12:55-1:25 PM Robert Kostecki, LBNL: Energy Storage and Conversion

1:30-1:45 PM Coffee Break

1:45-2:15 PM Jessica Granderson, LBNL: Building Materials

2:20-2:50 PM Omar Yaghi, UC Berkeley: Carbon Capture and Utilization

2:55–3:25 PM David Hochschild, California Energy Commission: CA State Policy Required to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2045

3:30-4:00 PM Jill Fuss, Activate Berkeley: Bridging the Gap Between Invention and Commercialization

4:05-4:35 PM Ron Cohen, UC Berkeley & White House Office of Science & Technology Policy: From Research to Impact: A Federal Perspective on the Needs for Technologies that Contribute to Reducing GHG Emissions

4:35-5:00 PM General Discussion

5:00-6:00 PM Happy Hour

This symposium is currently open only to faculty, postdocs, staff scientists, and students from UC Berkeley and LBNL.

Organizers

This symposium is organized by the QB3 team (QB3-Central at UC Berkeley). You can reach us at bakarclimatehub@berkeley.edu.

Speakers