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October 27, 2015

In the third episode, the Lab's MyGreenCar team visits favorite Berkeley hangouts to meet potential customers for their app. Later they face key bottom line questions: what is their target market and who will pay for fuel economy information? This is the third in a six-episode film series capturing the Lab's participation in DOE's Lab-Corps pilot program.

TechWomen at Berkeley Lab, Oct 2015
October 21, 2015

"You are literally changing the world, and I am honored to be part of it, even if for few hours" said Arwa Guesmi, from Tunisia after her visit to Berkeley Lab. Guesmi is an Emerging Leader (EL) at the U.S. Department of State's TechWomen program. Nine TechWomen ELs from seven countries visited Berkeley Lab on October 14th to learn more about energy research and green technology. The visiting group was hosted by the Energy Technologies Area (ETA). The women had insightful exchanges on... Read More

MyGreenCar team
October 20, 2015

The chronicles of Berkeley Lab's MyGreenCar team continue. Episode two opens in Detroit where the Lab researchers attend a business boot camp designed for scientists and start round one of customer interviews, key elements of DOE's Lab-Corps Program. The team begins to fine-tune its target market and discovers the last place to ask questions about fuel economy.

Adam Weber and Jeffrey Urban
October 08, 2015
New projects for hydrogen storage and fuel cell performance aim to bring down cost of fuel cell electric vehicles.

With commitments from leading car and stationary-power manufacturers to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and the first ever fuel cell electric vehicle to go on sale later this year, interest is once again swelling in this carbon-free technology. Now, thanks to several new projects from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office, scientists from... Read More

September 23, 2015

The 2015 Bay Area Battery Summit is scheduled for November 3rd, 2015 at Berkeley Lab!

Emerging energy storage technologies and effective state and federal policies have, and will continue to drive important changes to the nation’s transportation and electric grid infrastructure and ecosystems. However, uncertainty in technology choices and policy options may hinder the speed of adoption and growth. What more could be happening within universities, national laboratories, industry, the... Read More

September 21, 2015

In the run-up to its annual supercomputing conference, SC15 organizers have released a video on the Electrolyte Genome, a project led by Kirstin Persson that uses computing to speed up the materials discovery process. Watch her and others on the team describe how it could lead to the next breakthrough battery.  Read more on the official SC15 blog.

Berkeley Lab researchers Jeff Greenblatt (left) and Samveg Saxena. (Photo by Roy
July 06, 2015
New Berkeley Lab study finds lower greenhouse gas emissions on per-mile basis for driverless cars deployed as taxis.

Imagine a fleet of driverless taxis roaming your city, ready to pick you up and take you to your destination at a moment’s notice. While this may seem fantastical, it may be only a matter of time before it becomes reality. And according to a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), such a system would both be cost-effective and greatly reduce per-... Read More

March 30, 2015
Berkeley Lab study finds EV batteries have a longer useful life than current standards suggest.

In the first study of its kind, scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) quantitatively show that electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed. Many drivers and much prior literature on the retirement of EV batteries have assumed that EV batteries will be retired after the battery has lost 20... Read More

Nitash Balsara (left) and Alex Teran (right)
February 09, 2015
Berkeley Lab and UNC-Chapel Hill’s discovery of nonflammable electrolyte gets VC funding.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) battery scientist Nitash Balsara has worked for many years trying to find a way to improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries. Now he believes he has found the answer in a most unlikely material—a class of compounds that has mainly been used for industrial lubrication.

Balsara and his co-inventor, Joseph DeSimone of the University of North... Read More

The modern grid
November 25, 2014

An excerpt from a U.S. Department of Energy blog:

"...dramatic changes are occurring in our nation’s energy mix, many of which demand a more technologically advanced electric grid. Increasing use of renewable energy sources, risks of cyber and physical attacks, and aging infrastructure create uncertainty of the current grid’s long-term ability to provide the services demanded of it. These include distributing and storing clean energy, enabling greater consumer choice and increasing... Read More

Sila Kiliccote
September 17, 2014

One of eight mid-career women who received a Clean Energy and Empowerment award from DOE-MIT partnership.

As part of the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) program, run by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), Sila Kiliccote, leader of the Grid Integration Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was recognized for her accomplishments in the area of research leadership at the annual... Read More

DER-CAM, the Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model
July 11, 2014

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) announces the signature of a collaboration license with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and IIT-Comillas University (Madrid) for its Utility of the Future Program. DER-CAM, software developed in the Microgrids Group at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD), will play a key-role in this project, which is part of the MIT Energy Initiative.

Greater utilization of local energy resources, increasing use of... Read More

Gao Liu receives the FMC Scientific Achievement Award from FMC Corporation
May 22, 2014

A team of scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Argonne National Laboratory was recognized by FMC Corporation, receiving its FMC Scientific Achievement Award. Aaron Reichl, Director of Technology for FMC Minerals, and Marina Yakovleva, Global Technical Programs Manager presented the award at a ceremony in April. The team performed fundamental research on FMC's lithium metal technology (SLMP®) and helped identify methodologies for applying the... Read More

Figure 1. V2G-Sim test case results—grid demand for electricity from 1,000 PEVs
April 09, 2014

Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are here, and more are coming. By 2013, 100,000 PEVs were sold in the United States, and the number is growing. One study forecasts that more than a million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will be sold in California, New York, Washington, and Florida alone... Read More

March 18, 2014

In February, Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) achieved another milestone toward becoming an international standard when the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a renowned standards development organization, released a profile of OpenADR 2.0 as a Publicly Available Specification (PAS). This action recognizes OpenADR as a standard that will enable our electricity systems to be more responsive and smarter... Read More

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