Chu Hall - Solar Energy Research Center (SERC)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory



Helios SERC scientists are developing solar-driven chemical converters that will create transportation fuels from water and carbon dioxide. Centered at Berkeley Lab, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, this program includes experts from LBNL, UC Berkeley and partners from several other universities, Research focuses on advanced nanomaterials for use in solar light collectors and electrodes, a new generation of catalysts for energy-efficient chemistry, and specialized soft and hard membranes for integrating the light harvesting, charge separating and fuel forming components.


Berkeley, CA, USA

  • Services: Laboratory Design
  • Completed: 2014

Area Summary

  • Gross Building: 44,765
  • Net (Assignable) Building: 19,556
  • Lab & Lab Support: 13,736

Cost Summary

  • Construction Cost: $36,500,000

Important Details

  • Award: 2016 Design Award by AIASF
  • LEED Certification Level: Gold


  • Smith Group JJR


  • Bruce Damonte Photography