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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.

Modernizing a Technology From the Vacuum Tube Era To Generate Cheap Power

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When scientists Daniel Riley and Jared Schwede left Stanford University last year to join Cyclotron Road, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s program for entrepreneurial researchers, their vision was to take thermionics, an all-but-forgotten technology, and develop it into a clean, compact, and efficient source of power.

Technique Matters: A Different Way to Make a Cathode May Mean Better Batteries

Berkeley Lab researcher Marca Doeff (Credit: Kelly Owen/Berkeley Lab)

Lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide, or NMC, is one of the most promising chemistries for better lithium batteries, especially for electric vehicle applications, but scientists have been struggling to get higher capacity out of them. Now researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found that using a different method to make the material can offer substantial improvements.

Cool Roofs in China Offer Enhanced Benefits During Heat Waves

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It is well established that white roofs can help mitigate the urban heat island effect, reflecting the sun’s energy back into space and reducing a city’s temperature under normal weather conditions. In a new study of Guangzhou, China, Berkeley Lab researchers working with Chinese scientists found that during a heat wave, the effect is significantly more pronounced.

New Hybrid Electrolyte For Solid-State Lithium Batteries


Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes.

Team of Appraisers Across Six States Find Home Buyers Will Pay Premium for Solar Homes

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Photovoltaics added value to homes in six markets, according to a new report led by a Berkeley Lab researcher and a home appraisal expert. Seven appraisers from across six states determined the value that PV systems added to single-family homes.