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A New Way to Image Solar Cells in 3-D

The Molecular Foundry's Ed Barnard is part of a team of scientists that developed a new way to see inside solar cells. (Credit: Marilyn Chung)

Scientists have developed a way to use optical microscopy to map thin-film solar cells in 3-D as they absorb photons. The new method could help researchers learn new ways to boost photovoltaic efficiency.

New $10 Million Effort to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials


The Energy Department (DOE) recently announced $10 million, subject to appropriations, to support the launch of the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (HydroGEN). This consortium will utilize the expertise and capabilities of the national laboratories to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. The new consortium is

Underground Science: Berkeley Lab Digs Deep For Clean Energy Solutions


About a mile beneath the Earth’s surface in an old gold mine, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have built an observatory to study how rocks crack. The knowledge they gain could ultimately help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies.

Eight Small Businesses Awarded Vouchers to Work with Berkeley Lab on Clean Energy Technologies

The Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU), a manufacturing demonstration facility, is one of the resources at Berkeley Lab available to small businesses under the Small Business Voucher pilot. (Credit: Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)

Eight small businesses have been awarded vouchers to work with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.

Modern Off-Grid Lighting Could Create 2 Million New Jobs in Developing World

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Many households in impoverished regions around the world are starting to shift away from inefficient and polluting fuel-based lighting—such as candles, firewood, and kerosene lanterns—to solar-LED systems. While this trend has tremendous environmental benefits, a new study by Berkeley Lab has found that it spurs economic development as well, to the tune of 2 million potential new jobs.

Water-Energy Nexus New Focus of Berkeley Lab Research


Billions of gallons of water are used each day in the United States for energy production—for hydroelectric power generation, thermoelectric plant cooling, and countless other industrial processes, including oil and gas mining. And huge amounts of energy are required to pump, treat, heat, and deliver water. This interdependence of water and energy is the focus of a major new research effort at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Berkeley Lab Projects Could Save California More Than $2 Billion Annually in Energy Costs

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Plug loads, or devices that plug into the wall, are responsible for at least 25 percent of electricity use in California buildings. And not only is that percentage growing, it’s a hard number to manage.

New Carbon Capture Membrane Boasts CO2 Highways

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A new, highly permeable carbon capture membrane could lead to more efficient ways of separating carbon dioxide from power plant exhaust, preventing the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere and contributing to climate change.

Berkeley Lab to Collaborate with Small Businesses to Commercialize Clean Energy Products

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will partner with four clean energy small businesses to accelerate the commercialization of their innovative bioenergy, buildings, and vehicle technologies as part of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot launched in July 2015 by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Cyclotron Road Announces the Selection of its Second Cohort of Innovators

Chris Kaffer (foreground) and Philip Taynton are among nine innovators that have been selected for Cyclotron Road's second cohort. They are developing fully recyclable advanced composites with reduced cure times for improved manufacturing efficiency.

Today, Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road program announced the selection of its second cohort of innovators, whose projects include next generation batteries, advanced materials, biomanufacturing, and solar technologies. Cyclotron Road recruits entrepreneurial researchers and embeds them at Berkeley Lab for up to two years in a mentored technology entrepreneurship program.