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New Thermal Wave Diagnostic Technique Advances Battery Performance Testing

Berkeley Lab team combines thermal and electrochemistry expertise to make battery testing cheaper and faster.

Scientists Discover How Oxygen Loss Saps a Lithium-Ion Battery’s Voltage

A multi-institutional research team co-led by Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source has measured at unprecedented detail how leaking oxygen atoms change an electrode’s structure and chemistry, and eventually reduce how much energy a lithium-ion battery can store.

Scientists Uncover a Different Facet of Fuel Cell Chemistry

X-ray beams at the Advanced Light Source allowed researchers to “see” oxygen gas molecules adhere to a specially prepared electrode surface, an important step in the electrochemical reaction taking place in fuel cells.

New Tools Link Catalytic Activity to Nanoscale Transformations

An international research team led by scientists at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory developed a new apparatus at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) that could help improve the efficiency of hydrogen fuel generation.

X-Ray Study Recasts Role of Battery Material from Cathode to Catalyst

An international team working at Berkeley Lab used a unique X-ray instrument to learn new things about lithium-rich battery materials that have been the subject of much study for their potential to extend the range of electric vehicles and the operation of electronic devices.

Designing Selective Membranes for Batteries Using a Drug Discovery Toolbox

A research team led by Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry has developed a lithium-selective polymer membrane that could allow high-voltage battery cells to operate at higher power and more efficiently, important factors for both electric vehicles and aircraft.

This Hydrogen Fuel Machine Could Be the Ultimate Guide to Self-Improvement

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have uncovered a surprising property that turns an artificial photosynthesis device into a self-improving hydrogen fuel machine.

X-Ray Experiments, Machine Learning Could Trim Years Off Battery R&D

An X-ray instrument at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source contributed to a battery study that used an innovative approach to machine learning to speed up the learning curve about a process that shortens the life of fast-charging lithium batteries.

Berkeley Lab Names Noël Bakhtian to Lead New Energy Storage Center

Berkeley Lab has appointed Noël Bakhtian, previously a senior policy adviser in the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) and currently director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) at Idaho National Laboratory, as its inaugural director of the Berkeley Lab Energy Storage Center.

Coming Down the Pike: Long-Haul Trucks Powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Hydrogen fuel cells are on the rise: Germany has rolled out hydrogen-powered trains, the San Francisco Bay Area will soon see the nation’s first hydrogen fuel cell ferry, and sales of fuel-cell vehicles are up globally. It’s a technology with the potential to provide a variety of clean energy options, especially in transportation. Now the Department of Energy has announced several major investments to take hydrogen fuel cells to the next level, and Berkeley Lab is set to play a leading role in providing the scientific expertise to help realize DOE’s ambitious goals.