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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

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.

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