Adam Weber
January 02, 2014

The White House has announced that Adam Weber has won a Presidential Early Career Award. Weber is a staff scientist at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). His current research involves understanding and optimizing fuel-cell performance and lifetime; understanding flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage; and analysis of solar-fuel generators.

Weber holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University, and a Ph.D.... Read More

The Materials Project
November 19, 2013

In Scientific American magazine’s December 2013 issue, “World-changing ideas,” the cover story, “How supercomputers will yield a golden age of materials science,” sets the scene for the issue’s focus on practical innovations emerging from the laboratory.

In the article, MIT’s Gerbrand Ceder and Environmental Energy Technologies Division scientist Kristin Persson describe the Materials Project, a collaboration of researchers building a free, open-access database containing the... Read More

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September 18, 2013
September Special Focus: CalCharge

In preparation for its mid-October launch, CalCharge and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have completed work on their innovative Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) that is expected to become a national model for industry engagement with the national laboratories.

Energy storage innovators need cost-effective and clear pathways to access the expertise, facilities, and resources needed to... Read More

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September 16, 2013
September Special Focus: CalCharge

After nearly two years of research and organizational development efforts, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), CalCEF, and other key partners are only weeks away from the full operational launch of CalCharge. By mid-October, they expect to announce the core group of institutional and major corporate members along with the first tranche of emerging company members.

California is home to more than 95 battery and... Read More

August 29, 2013

From a General Electric press release:

It's a little more complex than making instant oatmeal, but scientists from GE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) may have just the recipe for next-generation electric vehicle (EV) batteries that achieve desired driving range and cost for consumers.

The GE/Berkeley Lab team is developing a water-based, flow battery capable of more than just traditional, stationary energy storage. Chemistries GE scientists are... Read More

Schematic of an ideal binder system for high-capacity battery electrodes
August 13, 2013

Berkeley Lab battery researcher Gao Liu and his team earned a coveted R&D 100 Award this year for their invention of an electrically conductive rubbery adhesive that can be mixed with particles of silicon to form a battery's negative (-) electrode, or anode. Lithium-ion batteries whose anodes are built with this "conducting polymer binder" can... Read More

Jeffrey Reimer
August 08, 2013

Jeffery Reimer is a scientist in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, and UC Berkeley.

Scientists would like to apply the same principles by which baking soda removes food odors from refrigerators or silica powder keeps moisture away from electronic devices to scrub carbon dioxide from the exhaust gases of fossil fuel power plants. An excellent candidate for this task is the class of materials known as multivariate metal organic frameworks or MTV-MOFs, which were discovered... Read More

Tin Nanocrystals for Li-ion Battery Electrodes
May 24, 2013

The energy density in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries enables them to store and provide considerable energy in a small package. Powering devices from pacemakers to smart phones, these small, lightweight, rechargeable batteries have become a ubiquitous part of modern electronics. Using materials such as tin and silicon give Li-ion even a higher energy density—enough for a battery to power an electric vehicle—but the electrochemical reactions with those metals produce extremely high volume... Read More

Dual near-field probe system
May 07, 2013

For 30 years or so, researchers in the Laser Spectroscopy and Applied Materials Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have been studying laser beams.

Berkeley Lab's Rick Russo—a pioneer in the field—has been working with a technology called Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), refining and expanding the technology for many applications. Famous for its use on Mars by the rover Curiosity in 2012, LIBS uses a laser beam to vaporize a small sample... Read More

May 06, 2013

A press release from CalCharge announcing the opportunity to partner with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on battery research:

Beginning this month, the rapidly emerging California battery sector will have access to new resources to accelerate its  growth: an opportunity to work alongside world-class scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). This opportunity is available to members of CalCharge, a partnership of Berkeley Lab and CalCEF that serves as a... Read More

April 09, 2013

NEC Laboratories America, Inc. has provided Michael Stadler of the Grid Integration Group a gift in the amount of $60,000 to support his research in microgrids and energy storage. Previous gifts from NEC have supported research resulting in a publication titled “Electric Storage in California’s Commercial Buildings,” LBNL-6071E. The research examines whether buildings could serve as the hub for electric vehicles and serve as a resource in a building energy management system (EMS) for demand... Read More

February 12, 2013

CalCharge, a partnership of CalCEF and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has announced that it is teaming with San Jose State University to launch a battery university. Read the CalCharge press release at the link below.

Modeling, simulation, and design criteria for photoelectrochemical water-splitting systems.
January 02, 2013

In the quest to produce an environmentally benign renewable fuel, scientists have explored many techniques to split water molecules to produce hydrogen. Still, the current photovoltaic designs are not yet technically or economically viable.  Materials research in this area has been promising, but research on the engineering design of these photoelectrochemical systems has been sparse.

To advance this part of the puzzle, a team including Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley... Read More

Prototype of the building mapping instrument package
December 03, 2012

ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects – Energy) has announced 66 research grants to develop transformational energy technologies. Two projects were awarded to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers. Researchers from Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) will also participate in a third project awarded to the University of California, Berkeley.

Three-dimensional maps of commercial buildings improve energy efficiency

Philip Haves, leader... Read More

November 14, 2012

Vince Battaglia leads a behind-the-scenes tour of Berkeley Lab's BATT, the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies Program he leads, where researchers aim to improve batteries upon which the range, efficiency, and power of tomorrow's electric cars will depend. This is the first in a forthcoming series of... Read More