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

May 29, 2012

CalCEF, which creates innovative financial products for the clean energy economy, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) today announced a partnership to launch CalCharge, a consortium uniting California’s emerging and established battery technology companies with critical academic and government resources. By... Read More

The logos of SERDP and ESTCP are here
December 02, 2011

The Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) recently announced the funding of 27 projects to demonstrate emerging energy technologies on military installations through its Installation Energy Test Bed initiative.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) and partner organizations were awarded two of these projects:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: ... Read More

Kristin Persson stands in front of a poster about her tool
November 07, 2011

New materials are crucial to building a clean energy economy—for everything from batteries to photovoltaics to lighter weight vehicles—but today the development cycle is too slow: around 18 years from conception to commercialization. To speed up this process, a team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) teamed up to develop a new tool, called the... Read More

October 05, 2011

An antifogging coating technology developed by researchers in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at the Lawrence Berkeley national Laboratory has won a 2011 R&D 100 award. The developers of Nanostructured Antifogging Coating are EETD's Sam Mao, Vasileia Zormpa and Xiaobo Chen.

The coating provides a durable, nontoxic, antifogging and self-cleaning coating for architectural glass, windshields, eyewear and solar panels. No chemical catalysts or UV radiation are required... Read More

Spectra of a series of polymers obtained with soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy
September 27, 2011

Lithium-ion batteries are everywhere, in smart phones, laptops, an array of other consumer electronics, and the newest electric cars. Good as they are, they could be much better, especially when it comes to lowering the cost and extending the range of electric cars. To do that, batteries need to store a lot more energy. The anode is a critical component for storing energy in lithium-ion batteries. A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (... Read More

Portrait of Gao Liu, Principal Investigator
September 20, 2011

A technology with the potential to increase the lithium-ion storage capacity of advanced batteries by eight times has been awarded a $240,000 grant from the University of California's Discovery proof-of-concept grant program to accelerate its entrance into the marketplace. This project is led by Gao Liu (Principal Investigator) and Vince Battaglia (co-PI) in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division.

Developed by Gao Liu, the technology is a conductive polymer binder that... Read More

PEFC Schematic
August 12, 2011

The Department of Energy has awarded up to $1.9 million to a research team led by EETD's Eric Masanet to develop "total cost of ownership" models for low- and high-temperature stationary fuel cell systems up to 250 kilowatts. The work will support research and development efforts for fuel cells by assessing the impact of state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, system designs, and deployment strategies on the life-cycle cost of fuel cells in emerging markets. Other participating Lawrence... Read More