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With commitments from leading car manufacturers to hydrogen technologies and the first ever fuel cell electric vehicle to go on sale later this year, interest is once again swelling in this carbon-free technology. Now, Berkeley Lab has been awarded $8 million for two new multi-lab research projects, one to find new materials for hydrogen storage, led by Jeff Urban, and another for optimizing fuel-cell performance and durability, led by Adam Weber.

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Newly Discovered ‘Design Rule’ Brings Nature-Inspired Nanostructures One Step Closer

October 7th, 2015

Scientists aspire to build nanostructures that mimic the complexity and function of nature’s proteins, but are made of durable and synthetic materials. These microscopic widgets could be customized into incredibly sensitive chemical detectors or long-lasting catalysts, to name a few possible applications. A discovery by Berkeley Lab scientists is a step in that direction.

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A Simpler Way to Estimate the Feedback Between Permafrost Carbon and Climate

October 5th, 2015

Researchers led by a scientist from Berkeley Lab have developed a simple model of permafrost carbon based on direct observations. Their approach could help climate scientists evaluate how well permafrost dynamics are represented in the Earth system models used to predict climate change.

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Cyclotron Road Leads Energy Entrepreneurs Across the Innovation Gap

October 1st, 2015

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Cyclotron Road, a new technology-to-market program launched by Berkeley Lab last year, is now entering its second year and seeking applications for a second cohort of scientist-entrepreneurs. The six Cyclotron Road teams in the first cohort have so far brought in more than $2 million in new funding from government grants and private investors.

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Price of Solar Energy in the United States Has Fallen to 5¢/kWh on Average

September 30th, 2015

Solar energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by Berkeley Lab. Driven by lower installed costs, improved project performance, and a race to build projects ahead of a reduction in a key federal incentive, utility-scale solar project developers have been negotiating power sales agreements with utilities at prices averaging just 5¢/kWh.

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Berkeley Lab to Investigate Link between Thirdhand Smoke and Cancer

September 28th, 2015

Berkeley Lab researchers have been awarded $1.3 million for two sets of studies to better understand the health impacts of thirdhand smoke, the noxious residue that clings to virtually all indoor surfaces long after the secondhand smoke from a cigarette has cleared out.

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A Different Type of 2D Semiconductor

September 25th, 2015

Berkeley Lab researchers have produced the first atomically thin 2D sheets of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites. These ionic materials exhibit optical properties not found in 2D covalent semiconductors such as graphene, making them promising alternatives to silicon for future electronic devices.