Solar Energy Research Center (SERC)


Chu Hall, previously Solar Energy Research Center (SERC), is a 39,000 gsf building designed to house research laboratories and offices devoted to nanoscale photovoltaic and electro-chemical solar energy systems. The location of the building is in the area known as Old Town and will be immediately east of Building 26 (Medical) off McMillan Road.

The goal in building SERC is to develop the science and technology to create transportation fuels, i.e. solar fuels, from sunlight. The research will seek to answer the question of how we create nanoscale sunlight collectors, efficient catalytic processes, and product separation technologies to develop inexpensive systems using abundant and environmentally friendly materials. The multi-disciplinary staff at SERC will address these, and other challenges, in order to develop an efficient solar to chemical energy system, using nanoscale photovoltaic and electrochemical technology. Fuels that might result from this research include hydrocarbons, ethanol, methanol, and hydrogen.


Additional Information

Contact: planning@lbl.gov

Slides from 5/26 Public Scoping Meeting

Environmental Documents

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has issued environmental documents for proposed activities. The documents are provided below in reverse chronological order by the environmental act that they address. Additionally, we have included related documents at the bottom of the page.

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NOTICES AND RELEASES

Date Issued: 12/22/2010

Document Title: Notice of Availability – Final EIR

Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: Notice of Completion / Notice of Availability – Draft EIR

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 05/13/2010

Document Title: Notice of Preparation – Draft EIR

Comment Period: 05/13/2010 to 06/11/2010


Date Issued: 05/13/2010

Document Title: Notice of Preparation – Draft EIR, Attachment A: Public Scoping Meeting

Comment Period: 05/13/2010 to 06/11/2010

FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR)

Date Issued: 12/22/2010

Document Title: Executive Summary

Date Issued: 12/22/2010

Document Title: Cover Sheet, Table of Contents, 1.0 Introduction

Date Issued: 12/22/2010

Document Title: 2.0 Comments and Responses to Comments (Part 1)

Date Issued: 12/22/2010

Document Title: 2.0 Comments and Responses to Comments (Part 2)

Date Issued: 12/22/2010

Document Title: 3.0 Report Preparation

Date Issued: 12/22/2010

Document Title: Comment Letter Attachments (17.2 MB)

Date Issued: 12/22/2010

Document Title: Final Environmental Impact Report (All, 7.4 MB)

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR)

Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: Cover Sheet

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: Table of Contents

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 1.0 Introduction

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 2.0 Executive Summary

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 3.0 Project Description

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 4.0 Environmental Setting, Impacts, and Mitigation Measures

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 4.1 Asthetics

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 4.2 Air Quality

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 4.3 Geology and Soils

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 4.4 Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 4.5 Hazards and Hazardous Materials

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 4.6 Hydrology and Water Quality

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 4.7 Noise

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 4.8 Transportation and Traffic

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 4.9 Wastewater and Energy Systems

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 5.0 Alternatives

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 6.0 Other Considerations

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010


Date Issued: 09/07/2010

Document Title: 7.0 Report Preparation

Comment Period: 09/07/2010 to 10/21/2010

DOCUMENTS — REFERENCED IN ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTS

Date Issued: 09/03/2010

Document Title: SERC Truck Noise Memo 9-3-10.pdf

Date Issued: 09/03/2010

Document Title: SERC Noise Memo 9-3-10.pdf

Date Issued: 08/19/2010

Document Title: SERC HHRA Memo.pdf

Date Issued: 04/08/2010

Document Title: SERC Geotech Report.pdf

Date Issued: 01/26/2010

Document Title: SP2 AQ Tech Analysis.pdf

Date Issued: 08/31/2009

Document Title: Bldg 25 Paleo Investigation.pdf