Three renowned research institutions founded i4Energy.
They bring a powerful confluence of people, ideas, and facilities to bear on applying information technology to shape our
Each adds its distinct expertise, excelling in basic and applied research, in focusing IT on societal-scale problems, and in managing complex, goal-driven research enterprises. Together, they are advancing a common vision of the potential of IT in the energy arena.
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
CITRIS creates information technology solutions for pressing societal challenges, through four research initiatives: i4Energy, Health Care, Intelligent Infrastructures, and Data and Democracy. The University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz collaborate in the effort. In their drive to advance energy solutions, CITRIS researchers and their partners are putting the power of IT to work to boost efficiency, expand reliance on renewable sources, contain costs, and minimize environmental effects.
The impact of its energy projects is deep. Among its innovations, CITRIS pioneered wireless sensors (or “smart dust”) to monitor energy use in buildings; is extending capabilities for multi-directional building-to-grid communications; delivers demand response techniques to reduce peak-load energy consumption; is creating a “cyber overlay” for pervasive information exchange along every pathway of the grid; and helps policy makers forecast both renewable energy supplies and electricity demands for California and beyond.
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California Institute for Energy & Environment (CIEE)
CIEE defines, initiates, plans, and manages public-interest energy research. Based in the University of California, its experts know energy — the issues, the industry, and the leading researchers whose work is yielding new ideas and enabling technologies. CIEE partners with the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, utilities, and others to map the research route to California’s energy goals.
CIEE brings a body of contributions in seven interconnected areas to i4Energy. Its work in electric-grid advances, energy use in buildings, and enabling technologies aligns directly with the i4Energy mission, and related expertise in individual and organizational behavior and decision-making, planning and evaluation, and climate change and carbon sequestration add dimension to that work. CIEE advances promising technologies and practices, field-tests them, and nurtures them to wide-scale use, in California and beyond.
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the University of California, Berkeley Lab is one of the world’s preeminent centers of scientific research. Multidisciplinary teams work across the national lab’s 14 scientific divisions to solve global problems in energy, health, technology, and the environment. Berkeley Lab has been home to 13 Nobel laureates, including its founder, UC Berkeley physicist Ernest O. Lawrence.
Berkeley Lab brings a long record of energy innovation to i4Energy, and energy efficiency and sustainable energy are among its current strategic directions. Work centers in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, addressing energy technologies, atmospheric studies, energy efficiency in buildings, energy policy and market analysis, and indoor and outdoor environmental quality. In addition, research in the lab’s Demand Response Research Center accelerates adoption of demand response technologies, policies, programs, strategies, and practices. Learn More about Berkeley Lab »