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New Research Technique Sheds Light on Least Understood Part of Lithium Batteries

One of the aspects of lithium-ion batteries least understood by scientists has now been elucidated by a new research approach, opening the door to major improvements in battery performance, according to a new study by Berkeley Lab scientists. Their study, recently published in the journal Joule, used a technique developed by Berkeley Lab battery scientists

Rachel Slaybaugh to Lead Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has named Rachel Slaybaugh, associate professor of nuclear engineering at UC Berkeley, to lead Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road Division. The announcement follows an international search. Until recently, Slaybaugh served as a program director at DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), whose mission is to advance

A Machine Learning Solution for Designing Materials with Desired Optical Properties

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a machine learning model that can be used for calculating optical properties of a known structure, and for designing a structure with desired optical properties.

Scientists Design New Framework for Clean Water

A team of scientists led by Berkeley Lab has designed a new crystalline material that targets and traps copper ions from wastewater with unprecedented precision and speed. The technology offers the water industry and the research community the first blueprint for a water-remediation technology that scavenges heavy metal ions with a measure of control, which far surpasses the current state of the art.

How to Accelerate Solar Adoption for the Underserved

As rooftop solar prices have fallen, many households at all income levels can now save money by going solar. Nonetheless, low- and moderate-income households remain less likely to adopt solar than high-income households. So, Berkeley Lab researchers set out to examine if certain policy and business models could improve adoption equity in terms of household income.

Berkeley Lab Building Efficiency Campaign Drives $95M in Annual Energy Savings

One hundred and four U.S. companies, schools, governments, and institutions are taking their building energy savings to a new level with the Department of Energy’s Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, a four-year initiative funded through the Building Technologies Office and facilitated by Berkeley Lab.

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.

Berkeley Lab Technologies Honored With 7 R&D 100 Awards

Innovations include a better lithium battery, secure quantum communications, and a tool for buildings to save energy.

Low-Cost Home Air Quality Monitors Prove Useful for Wildfire Smoke

Over the last few years of frequent and intense wildfire seasons, many parts of the U.S. have experienced hazardous air quality for days on end. At the same time a number of low-cost air quality monitors have come on the market, allowing consumers to check the pollutant levels in their own homes and neighborhoods. So, air quality scientists at Berkeley Lab wanted to know: are these low-cost monitors any good?