Adding salt to a road before a winter storm changes when ice will form. Researchers at Berkeley Lab have applied this basic concept to develop a new method of heating and cooling, which they have named “ionocaloric cooling.”

Art Rosenfeld, a physicist and Berkeley Lab Distinguished Scientist Emeritus, transformed the fledgling field of energy efficiency from a research afterthought into a scientific discipline.

Berkeley Lab scientists discuss how advances in energy storage can help us prevent extreme weather-related blackouts, adopt more renewable energy, and build bigger, better, more environmentally responsible batteries.