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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

Portrait of Mary Ann Piette
May 27, 2010

The marketplace for Smart Grid technology products is expanding thanks in part to an open-source communications specification developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and its research partners.

May 20, 2010

John Newman, a UC Berkeley Professor of Chemical Engineering, and scientist in EETD in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been selected to receive the prestigious Acheson Award by the Electrochemical Society. This award will be given to Newman at the next meeting of the Society, in Las Vegas during the week of October 10, 2010.

Newman's greatest contribution to the "objects, purposes or activities of The Electrochemical Society... Read More

Recovery Act logo
May 11, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has been awarded $8.6 million in Recovery Act funding for what the DOE calls "ambitious research projects that could fundamentally change the way the country uses and produces energy." The money will go towards four separate projects: one that will speed the development of materials that can absorb carbon dioxide emitted from power plants, another that will use a common soil bacterium to produce... Read More

Berkeley Lab chemist John Chmiola in lab
April 28, 2010

"Just think how often your fancy new mobile phone or computer has become little more than a paperweight because the battery lost its zeal for doing its job," says John Chmiola, a chemist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). "At a time when cellphones can do more than computers could do at the beginning of the Clinton presidency, it would be an understatement to say that batteries have not been holding up their end of the mobile device bargain."

Photo of Venkat Srinivasan
March 22, 2010

EETD scientist Venkat Srinivasan has been writing a blog about batteries, advanced battery research and electric vehicles.

Photo of the Honeywell logo
December 11, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Honeywell an $11.4 million grant to help Southern California Edison implement automated demand response under OpenADR, the Open Automated Demand Response Communications Specification.

The grant was one of several Smart Grid Investment Grants awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

OpenADR was developed by researchers at the PIER Demand Response Research Center. The Center is based in the Environmental Energy... Read More

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