August 28, 2017

U.S.-India Consortium Will Advance Cutting-Edge Technologies that Promote Greater Energy Independence and Economic Growth

Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) will be part of a consortium for a joint U.S.-India five-year project that will help advance the development of the power grid.

ESDR will join a team led by Washington State University. The consortium has been awarded $7.5 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) for the project. The... Read More

June 13, 2017

Surprising discovery is a major advance for low-cost, high-energy batteries

Lithium-sulfur batteries have great potential as a low-cost, high-energy, energy source for both vehicle and grid applications. However, they suffer from significant capacity fading. Now scientists from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have made a surprising discovery that could fix this problem.

Carrageenan, an unexpected battery... Read More

Waste heat from industrial facilities
April 14, 2017

Vast amounts of energy are wasted every year in the form of heat. A new project led by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) seeks to efficiently capture that heat and convert it to electricity, potentially saving California up to $385 million per year.

With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), Berkeley Lab is partnering with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system to reduce both... Read More

Guoying Chen
February 06, 2017

Using advanced imaging techniques, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have been able to observe what exactly happens inside a cathode particle as lithium-ion batteries are charged and discharged.

In a research project led by Berkeley Lab materials chemist Guoying Chen, the researchers uncovered important insights into reactions in cathode materials, including the discovery of particle cracking as the cathode is charged, which... Read More

December 14, 2016

If you're thinking of buying a new car, there's a decent chance you're considering trying something greener. There's also a decent chance that some concern, big or small, has you hitting the brakes when it comes to buying an electric car.

Maybe you think that you'll be tethered to charging stations and unable to take long trips, or that the battery won't last very long, or that you'll need some special charger installed at home, or that, one way or another, an electric car simply won'... Read More

Portrait of Ahmet Kusoglu
October 31, 2016

Ahmet Kusoglu, of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division, has received the Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award of The Electrochemical Society recognizing outstanding young researchers in the field of energy technology. Kusoglu will receive his award at the 2017 Spring ECS meeting.

Anubhav Jain
October 27, 2016
Berkeley Lab helps clear the way for significant reductions in the cost of solar power

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) will work with four other DOE national labs in a new effort designed to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative, high-performance materials for photovoltaic modules to lower the cost of electricity generated by solar power while increasing field lifetime.

A total of $1.36 million over the next five years... Read More

Anode Chemistry Options
October 06, 2016

Dr. Gao Liu and Dr. Vincent Battaglia's recent achievements were acknowledged by DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson during his recent visit to LBNL. Danielson praised the researchers for their pioneering contributions to conducting polymer binders for silicon anodes for high energy density lithium-ion batteries. Lithium ion batteries are used in most of today's consumer electronics, and hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles (EVs).... Read More

Car being fueled with hydrogen
October 06, 2016

There will be a celebration going on in the Berkeley Hills this weekend, and it's not just a student party or football game.

Rather, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) and from all over the world will be celebrating the second annual National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day was created to help build awareness of clean air technology, science and research that is a top priority, and has been... Read More

THERM Sample Color Infrared Results
September 14, 2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has been awarded more than $4 million by the Department of Energy (DOE) to undertake three projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings, which account for more than 40 percent of the country's energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The projects, all developed in the Lab's Energy Technologies Area (ETA), will help meet the DOE goal to reduce the energy intensity of the U.S. building sector by 30 percent by... Read More

Berkeley Lab researcher Kristin Persson
June 08, 2016
The Materials Project, run by Berkeley Lab, accelerates innovation by enabling computationally driven materials and battery design.

The Materials Project, a Google-like database of material properties aimed at accelerating innovation, has released an enormous trove of data to the public, giving scientists working on fuel cells, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and a host of other advanced materials a powerful tool to explore new research avenues. But it has become a particularly important... Read More

May 31, 2016

The local news station and combustion scientist Don Lucas of the Energy Technologies Area ignited car seats to test how those treated with flame retardant chemicals compared with so-called “green seats” that used wool. The green seat provided about the same amount of protection, but without the chemicals, which have been shown to be harmful.

Water banking, desalination, and high-resolution climate models.
May 23, 2016
A major new initiative tackles water-energy issues in California and beyond.

Billions of gallons of water are used each day in the United States for energy production—for hydroelectric power generation, thermoelectric plant cooling, and countless other industrial processes, including oil and gas mining. And huge amounts of energy are required to pump, treat, heat, and deliver water.

This interdependence of water and energy is the focus of a major new research effort at the Department... Read More

Portrait of Robert Kostecki
March 28, 2016

Robert Kostecki of the Energy Technologies Area received a 2016 International Battery Association Research Award for his “outstanding research on battery materials and characterization of fundamental electrochemical phenomena.” The IBA Awards honor significant contributions to battery research that have advanced the development of energy storage systems.

(L-R) George Crabtree, Congressman Jerry McNerney, Venkat Srinivasan
March 22, 2016

Berkeley Lab’s Venkat Srinivasan recently traveled to Washington, D.C., in his role as Deputy Director of R&D for DOE’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. Srinivasan, with JCESR Director George Crabtree, briefed members and staff of the California Congressional delegation on JCESR’s progress to date. Srinivasan also spoke about the success of... Read More