Today at Berkeley Lab

ETA’s Persson Discusses Battery Technology on ‘Marketplace’ Program

Kristin Persson of the Energy Technologies Area was a recent guest on the NPR radio program “Marketplace,” where she discussed developments in battery technology. Lithium-ion batteries currently in use are “highly optimized” and not likely to improve, she says. “If you’re going to do a better battery, you have to discover a completely new material.” More>

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Kirchstetter Appointed Director of ETA’s Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division

Energy Technologies ALD Ramesh Ramamoorthy has announced the appointment of Tom Kirchstetter as the Division Director of the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division. Kirchstetter had served as acting director since June 2017. He is also head of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems Department, and for the Sustainable Energy Systems Group.

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Lab Takes Home Four R&D 100 Awards for Cutting-Edge Technologies

Technologies that help determine how solar energy affects the grid, benchmark energy savings for low-carbon cities, understand the functions of genes in microbes under different environmental conditions, and simulate how chemical reactions occur and change as fluids travel underground — all developed by researchers at Berkeley Lab — have received annual R&D 100 awards. More>

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ETA’s Robinson Part of Solar Team That Saves U.S. Money and Creates Jobs

Gerald Robinson of the Energy Technologies Area recently received an award for his work as part of a federal team that developed an innovative procurement solution that saved the government $13.8 million and created 93 U.S. jobs. Robinson worked with several agencies to conduct the first-ever aggregated procurement for on-site solar photovoltaic arrays. More>

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Lab Reports Major Progress in Realizing New Type of Lithium Cathode

A team of researchers led by materials scientist Gerbrand Ceder reports major progress in cathodes made with so-called “disordered” materials, a promising new type of lithium battery. The co-authors of the papers published this month in Nature Communications and Physical Review Letters include Alex Urban (MSD), Wanli Yang (ALS), and Bryan McCloskey (ETA). More>

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Lab Scientist Featured in Spanish Magazine Comic Strip

Nihar Shah of the Energy Technologies Area was quoted in the Spanish magazine Ballena Blanca in a “comic journalism” article by Tana Oshima titled “In a Hotter World, is Air Conditioning a New Right?” Shah gives alternatives to air conditioning, drawn from his numerous studies on the subject. See page three (upper right panel) to view his quote.

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Lab Signs MOU With Hydro-Québec

The two institutions will assess the feasibility of creating a Québec Berkeley (QUBE) joint research center based in the Bay Area that will speed up development of next-generation battery materials, processes, and methodologies, and conduct manufacturing from pilot scale to pre-production levels. More>

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Lab Pursues Low-Cost Hydrogen Generation

To mark Hydrogen Day, celebrated on Oct. 8 since its atomic weight is 1.008, we feature researchers Adam Weber and Nem Danilovic, who believe hydrogen can play a major role in a clean energy system. They, along with scientists at the Molecular Foundry and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, are pursuing low-cost efficient technologies for hydrogen generation. More>

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Leaf@NERSC to Compete in Smogathon Semifinal Oct. 3

Eight technologies – including Leaf@NERSC, a student research project led by Daniel Yunn Gens of NERSC Operations – will compete in the U.S. Smogathon Global Semifinal at UC Berkeley’s Banatao Auditorium, on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Get free tickets here to see some of the best teams pitch their solutions to indoor and outdoor air pollution in front of experts, including Energy Technologies’ Lara Gundel.

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Berkeley Lab Aims to Strengthen the Cybersecurity of the Grid

As the grid modernizes, communications between the grid and solar panels will standardize, providing both better resiliency as well as a vulnerability that could be exploited by hackers. A new Lab project led by Sean Peisert and Dan Arnold will develop tools to detect and counter cyber attacks on the grid. The project has been awarded up to $2.5 million by DOE. More>

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