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(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

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

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