Today at Berkeley Lab

ETA’s Slack and Goudey Demo Solar Oven at Local School

As part of Marin Elementary’s math and science festival, Jonathan Slack and Howdy Goudey helped students bake cookies with a solar oven that uses the focusing power of parabolas. They have researched how solar concentrating ovens can be used to bake bread inexpensively. They also demoed a sonic candy maker. More>

Battery Team Touts Capabilities to Companies at First Ever Industry Day

ETA’s Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division held an Industry Day on April 29, sharing with about 70 attendees how and why to work with national labs. Specifically, under a new DOE-funded program, Lab scientists can work with battery startups to perform a small proof-of-concept experiment at no cost to the company. More>

NTU Singapore, Lab to Develop Energy Efficiency Solutions for the Tropics

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the Lab have signed a five-year partnership for research on energy-efficiency solutions for buildings, renewable energy generation and storage, and smart grids, as well as developing solutions to combat urban and environmental challenges while reducing energy costs. More>

Venkat Srinivasan Presents to CARB on the Future of Batteries

Venkat Srinivasan, head of the Lab’s Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Department, spoke at the California Air Resources Board last week on battery development and his vision for accelerating battery innovation by encouraging more manufacturing in the U.S. Click here for his slides and a video of the talk.

Counting All Costs, Saving Energy is Still Cheap, Say Researchers

What does it cost to save electricity? Berkeley Lab researchers have conducted the most comprehensive study yet of the full cost of saving electricity by U.S. utility efficiency programs and now have an answer: 4.6 cents. More>

Electrolyte Genome Could Be Battery Game-Changer

A new breakthrough battery will likely be impossible without a new material discovery, which could take years or decades, since trial and error has been the best available approach. But Kristin Persson says she can take some of the guesswork out of the discovery process with her Electrolyte Genome, a Google-like database of molecules. More>

New ‘Cool Roof Time Machine’ Will Accelerate Cool Roof Deployment

A collaboration led by Lab scientists has established a method to simulate in the lab the soiling and weathering of roofing material, reproducing in only a few days the solar reflectance of roofing products naturally aged for three years. Now this protocol has been approved by ASTM International as a standard practice for the industry. More>

Accelerating Materials Discovery With World’s Largest Database of Elastic Properties

The publication of the largest data set on the complete elastic properties of inorganic compounds increases by an order of magnitude the number of compounds for which such data exists. The research by Kristin Persson, Wei Chen, Maarten de Jong, Mark Asta, Thomas Angsten, and Anubhav Jain also yielded discovery of a new thermoelectric material. More>

IPCC Insights on Mitigation of Climate Change Topic of April 9 ETA Talk

The Energy Technologies Area invites Ottmar Edenhofer — of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — to discuss climate change mitigation policy, solutions for carbon pricing and the need for international cooperation to address climate change. More>

Goodbye, Range Anxiety? Lab Study Analyzes EV Battery’s Useful Life

Sam Saxena led a study showing that electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed. He analyzed real-world driving patterns and found that batteries that have lost 20 percent of their originally rated energy storage capacity can still meet the daily travel needs of more than 85 percent of U.S. drivers. More>