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Portrait of Venkat Srinivasan
March 10, 2016

Venkat Srinivasan of the Energy Technologies Area was a finalist for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance Innovation Awards. He was recognized in the “Catalyst” category for his efforts towards creating the CalCharge consortium, which connects East Bay companies with Lab scientists to develop battery technology.

The following is the San Francisco Business Times article about the CalCharge consortium.

Accelerating the energy storage industry

At the peak of the... Read More

Portrait of Michael Stadler
February 22, 2016

President Obama has named 106 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Included on the list this year is Michael Stadler of Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area (ETA).

“These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges... Read More

January 19, 2016
New funding from DOE will lead to improved security of distribution system

The nation’s electric power system is central to the U.S. economy and our growing need for clean, reliable, and secure electric power. Yet today’s electric grid is under increasing pressure to change and modernize in the face of emerging challenges and technological opportunities.

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced the awards today as part of two new additions to DOE’s ongoing Grid Modernization... Read More

3D elemental association maps generated using transmission X-ray tomography.
January 11, 2016
Berkeley Lab researchers find that controlling surface chemistry is important to developing high-energy lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide, or NMC, is one of the most promising chemistries for better lithium batteries, especially for electric vehicle applications, but scientists have been struggling to get higher capacity out of them. Now researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have found that using a different method to make the material... Read More

January 05, 2016

The Grid Integration Group (Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division) has been awarded a grant for a “Modular, Secure, and Replicable Microgrid Control System for Generation and Storage Management at Military Installations” at Fort Hunter Liggett by the Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.

Berkeley Lab battery scientist Nitash Balsara
December 21, 2015
Berkeley Lab researchers’ discovery may enable next-generation cathodes.

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes.

Berkeley Lab battery scientist Nitash Balsara, working with collaborator Joseph DeSimone of... Read More

December 10, 2015

Marca Doeff’s research is focused on materials for Li-ion batteries, sodium ion batteries, and solid state batteries, including discovery of a cathode material that has higher capacity than traditional layered materials. She has recently posted a history of cathode development for Li-ion batteries in a popular battery blog.

(From left) Hany Eitouni, Mohit Singh, and Nitash Balsara
December 10, 2015
How Berkeley Lab battery spinoff Seeo got acquired by a major multinational company.

As often happens in science, what started as a research project to make one thing turned into something completely different. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers Nitash Balsara and Hany Eitouni were developing an electroresponsive polymer that turned out to be not such a good artificial muscle, their original goal, but an excellent basis for a battery electrolyte—so good, in fact... Read More

Samveg Saxena
December 02, 2015

A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) team led by Samveg Saxena of the Energy Technologies Area’s Grid Integration Group won a 2015 R&D 100 award for developing V2G-Sim, a vehicle-to-grid simulator. The development team also included Jonathan Coignard and Jason MacDonald.

Jason MacDonald

V2G-Sim quantifies energy use for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by the second, under various driving conditions or while charging or discharging to/from the... Read More

Portrait of Gao Liu
December 01, 2015

A team led by Gao Liu of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has won a 2015 R&D 100 award for developing a high-capacity anode for rechargeable batteries. Berkeley Lab’s Hui Zhao also participated in the development, as did Zeptor co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Chuck Consorte.

The material and process developments from Berkeley Lab and Zeptor finally made it possible to transition from low-capacity... Read More

November 17, 2015

Researchers on the Lab’s MyGreenCar team share personal insights about their app’s journey to tech commercialization in the final episode of the short film series. As their six weeks in DOE’s Lab-Corps program comes to a close, they return to Detroit for a final report and ponder a possible new funding partner.

November 10, 2015

Entrepreneurs frequently talk about pivoting – moving to a new customer segment or a different application of their technology. The Lab’s MyGreenCar team is no exception. In Episode 5, the researchers weigh the benefits of pivoting as their time in DOE’s Lab-Corps program to move energy-related inventions to the marketplace nears its end.

November 03, 2015

As the Lab’s MyGreenCar team crosses the halfway point, the researchers must decide if more customer interviews will yield new information, or if it is time to zero in on the most lucrative markets. Watch Episode 4 of the short film series and learn more about DOE’s Lab-Corps program to move energy-related inventions to the marketplace.

November 02, 2015

Successful, widespread production and deployment of renewable energy technologies and electric transportation depends on reliable, cost-effective energy storage. Emerging manufacturing approaches suggest a seismic reduction of battery costs, but how do they affect the market, the ability to achieve grid-scale storage, and support significant expansion of electric vehicle range and reliability? Industry, policy, and finance experts will address these issues at the 2015 Bay Area Battery Summit... Read More

Colin Ophus (left) and Alpesh Khushalchand Shukla
October 29, 2015
Berkeley Lab scientists unravel structural ambiguities in lithium-rich transition metal oxides.

Using complementary microscopy and spectroscopy techniques, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) say they have solved the structure of lithium- and manganese-rich transition metal oxides, a potentially game-changing battery material and the subject of intense debate in the decade since it was discovered.

Researchers have been divided into three schools of... Read More

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