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Next-generation batteries

Combining materials science and engineering to develop more efficient and more environmentally responsible batteries for electric vehicles.

Clean hydrogen

Developing the technology and infrastructure to harness hydrogen as a fuel source for heavy-duty transport and aviation, and as a reliable energy storage option for electric grids.

Carbon neutral and carbon negative biofuels

Harnessing microbes to produce biofuels and bioproducts from greenhouse gasses captured from the atmosphere and/or from plant matter waste.

Zero-emission trains

Electrifying the carbon-intensive freight-rail sector with the development of battery-powered train engines, which could also power communities during electric grid outages.

Transportation system analysis

The Behavior, Energy, Autonomy, and Mobility (BEAM) modeling tool and Mobiliti (generic).

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Collaborating with the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley to develop new science, engineering tools, and technology to support a more energy-efficient transportation system.

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Harnessing the power of supercomputing and structural methods, the Materials Project provides open, web-based access to information on known and predicted materials as well as powerful analysis tools to inspire and design novel materials.

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A multidisciplinary team focused on a diverse portfolio of advanced energy conversion technologies with the goal of providing the tools necessary to create and sustain a clean energy system.

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A science-to-systems lab conducting research in manipulating matter at nanoscale dimensions to improve a multitude of thermal, solar, and electrochemical energy devices, including batteries.

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Advancing the efficiency, power, and durability of hydrogen fuel cell engines for heavy-duty vehicles to enable a fleet of clean, emission-free long-haul trucks.

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Building on 70 years of scientific leadership in energy storage research, Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage Center is advancing solutions that affect the evolving grid, transportation, industrial sectors, buildings, and resilience.

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Berkeley Lab conducts unbiased analysis to evaluate the cost implications and environmental impacts of a wide range of energy technologies and strategies to support decision-making by groups.

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Arman Shehabi has over 15 years’ of experience measuring and modeling the potential energy, economic, and air pollutant impacts associated with the large-scale adoption of clean energy policy and technologies for buildings and manufacturing, with extensive research focused on the information and communication technology (ICT).

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Nikit Abhyankar has conducted extensive research and policy analysis on renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and energy access in the U.S. and key emerging economies such as India, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. He regularly advises national / state governments, regulators, and utilities in multiple countries on designing clean energy policies and programs.

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Natalie Popovich is a research scientist at Berkeley Lab and a senior advisor in Rail Decarbonization in the Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office. She researches decarbonization pathways for non-road transport modes and examines how transportation systems affect community resilience, equity, and accessibility.

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In a new study, a team of researchers led by Berkeley Lab used a bioscience technique to study the intricate interactions within the anode, cathode, and electrolyte of electric aircraft batteries. One of the most significant findings was the discovery that certain salts mixed into the battery electrolyte formed a protective coating on cathode particles, making them far more resistant to corrosion, thereby enhancing battery life.

By harnessing the power of AI and machine learning, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists are developing a tool that predicts properties of high-potential, bio-based molecules and fuels, paving the way for cost-effective and sustainable jet fuel production. This innovation offers a promising short-term solution to reduce emissions.

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