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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:

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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

The monitor of a computer shows the affects of antifogging coating technology
June 10, 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

A schematic view of a proton-exchange-membrane fuel cell (PEMFC)
May 30, 2011

Fuel cells as a power generator simply look too good to be true. They're quiet, they don't produce criteria pollutants, and they're efficient electricity producers. They can be placed right next to a building without adding miles of transmission lines, and they won't bother passers-by any more than a fire hydrant or a dumpster—less than a dumpster.

But they're not the perfect power source, not yet. They cost too much for some applications, lifetime issues still need to be resolved,... Read More

Portrait of Venkat Srinivasan
March 31, 2011

This article in The New York Times, "Building Better Batteries for Electric Cars," quotes Venkat Srinivasan, a scientist and blogger in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division here at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The story addresses ongoing research at Berkeley Lab, Argonne National Laboratory and elsewhere to develop batteries for transportation with increased power density.

Portrait Sila Kiliccote
October 22, 2010

Sila Kiliccote, a researcher in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, has received the 2010 GridWeek Award for Leadership in Smart Grid Acceleration. GridWeek cited Kiliccote for her "leadership, vision, non-traditional approach, ability to create step function vs. incremental change, and willingness to take risk." Gridweek is an annual gathering of Smart Grid stakeholders whose goal is "to explore Smart Grid's impact on the economy, utility infrastructure, consumers and the... Read More

Screen shot of the SVOW startup page
September 16, 2010

Owners and operators of non-residential facilities are considering the use of on-site electrical storage or photovoltaic (PV) generation to reduce their carbon emissions and energy costs. When doing so, however, it is difficult to determine which options (or combination of options) are the most efficient and cost-effective. Vendors can help, but they are unlikely to offer an unbiased presentation of the technical and economic benefits of their products.

To simplify the decision and... Read More

Demand Response Researh Center logo
August 06, 2010

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Pacific Gas & Electric Company were awarded Connectivity Week's Buildy Award earlier this year in Santa Clara, California.

According to Connectivity Week, an annual industry trade conference addressing Smart Grid technologies that was held this year in Silicon Valley, the Buildy Awards are presented to "a company or organization that has shown or used new and innovative ideas and technologies related to connectivity of smart... Read More

Photo of meeting with Tien Duong leading
August 03, 2010

Tien Duong, the Department of Energy's BATT Program Manager, discusses the past achievements and future of advanced battery research.

Advanced battery researchers from around the U.S. gathered at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory June 27 to discuss future directions for the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program. BATT's Department of Energy Program Manager, Tien Duong (pictured), established the tone of the proceedings with a talk reviewing successes... Read More

July 20, 2010

A team of scientists at Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division, and their private-sector partners (DuPont, Bosch, 3M, and Proton Energy), have been awarded more than $1.5 million from ARPA-E to research a novel flow battery system for storing energy on the electric grid. The Berkeley Lab researchers are Venkat Srinivasan, Vince Battaglia, and Adam Weber of EETD.

EETD is also a sub-awardee in a project titled "Innovative Building-Integrated Ventilation Enthalpy... Read More

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