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Hydrogen production

Hydrogen delivery and storage

Hydrogen utilization

Advanced materials

Hydrogen analysis

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A senior scientist in the Energy Technologies Area, Rangachary Mukundan's research interests include fuel cells, electrolyzers, flow batteries, and sensors. He is serving as deputy director in DOE’s Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck (M2FCT) and Hydrogen from Next generation Electrolyzers of Water (H2NEW) consortia.

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Hanna Breunig is a Research Scientist and Deputy-Head of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems Department in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division. She specializes in techno-economic analysis, process modeling, market analysis, and environmental and human health impact assessment (life-cycle assessment) of emerging energy and negative emissions technologies.

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Ahmet Kusoglu is a Scientist in the Energy Conversion Group at the Energy Technologies Area, working on polymeric and functional materials for hydrogen and clean energy applications. His research focuses on the characterization of ion-conductive polymers and solid-electrolyte interfaces for energy conversion and storage devices and understanding related electrochemical-mechanical phenomena.

We have more than 100 researchers publishing on the many aspects of hydrogen. Read our publications on hydrogen.

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Berkeley Lab scientists are leading local and national projects aimed at optimizing all stages of the hydrogen energy lifecycle, from engineering technologies for cost-effective and environmentally friendly production of hydrogen gas all the way to developing efficient hydrogen fuel cells.

Here’s a round-up of our current focus areas encompassing hydrogen production, storage, usage, and analysis, to enable a carbon-free future.

Solid oxide electrolysis cells that operate at high temperature provide high performance and efficiency, and can make use of waste heat or steam from industrial or geothermal sources. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers are working to reduce the cost and increase the durability of electrolyzers and advanced pathways.

In this episode, we discuss the past, present, and future of hydrogen energy, including the dirty side of hydrogen production and the current push for zero-emissions hydrogen to power our daily lives and decarbonize big-ticket industries like steel manufacturing.

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