Berkeley Lab scientists Adam Weber, left, and Ahmet Kusoglu, right, appear in a graphic illustration of hydrogen.
October 8th 2021
Earlier this summer, Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm launched the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Earthshots Initiative, and the first Energy Earthshot is the “Hydrogen Shot,” with the goal of accelerating development and deployment of clean hydrogen across sectors. DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) plays a leading role in the research and development of clean hydrogen, on... Read More
Due to dedicated and predictable travel routes, long-haul trucks require simpler and more concentrated refueling infrastructure. (Credit: iStock)
April 16th 2021
Interest in hydrogen fuel cells as a sustainable source of clean energy is on the rise globally, and hydrogen fuel cells are widely seen as a viable, zero-emission option to power trucks, trains, ferries, and passenger vehicles. The heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) market could prove to be ideal for fuel cell development and deployment. Hydrogen fuel cells are well-suited for this market because of their fast refueling time and long driving range. They... Read More
Berkeley Lab scientist Adam Weber (left) and postdoc Jessica Luo look at experimental data for membrane conductivity in a fuel cell fabrication lab. (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab)
October 12th 2020
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,... Read More
September 30th 2020
Methane is most commonly known as a ubiquitous cleaner energy source, while also being a potent greenhouse gas. It is produced from both natural sources, such as wetlands and large bodies of water, and anthropogenic sources, such as natural-gas reservoirs and livestock. At the same time, methane is a source of many important feedstock chemicals, including blue hydrogen and methanol, which is used for the production of plastics, paints and fuels... Read More
June 15th 2020
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Technology Commercialization Fund has awarded $1 million to four projects from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) to further collaborative research with industry partners on biofuels, bioproducts, energy microgrid technology, and renewable energy technology. Two of those projects are from Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area:  Expand Access to and Scalability of a Microgrid Analysis... Read More
May 18th 2020
A new type of device that has the potential to efficiently store vast amounts of energy has recently been effectively reconfigured and improved by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). This breakthrough could be a stepping-stone to helping our evolving power grid become more resilient. Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind are becoming increasingly economical and necessary additions to the current power... Read More
March 17th 2020
With its high energy-to-weight ratio, hydrogen has great potential to be an efficient and clean fuel for cars, auxiliary power, stationary power generation and also as an energy storage medium. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers have been working with various methods of hydrogen production to produce cleaner and more efficient hydrogen for decades. New successful research by Berkeley Lab’s Mike Tucker and his team... Read More
March 10th 2020
Cheap, clean power generation is becoming more of a reality, but energy storage is still one of the biggest barriers to widespread adoption. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are continually working to advance technologies that generate, use, or store electricity at a large scale and for long duration (more than four hours). Electrochemical energy technologies play a key role in energy-storage development,... Read More
December 19th 2019
Two new videos highlighting ongoing collaboration and innovative research advancements promoting hydrogen as a large-scale renewable energy resource have recently been completed by a consortium of National Laboratories. Research Scientists from Berkeley Lab, along with Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,... Read More
December 12th 2019
Lithium ion is probably the most advanced technology available for the packs of rechargeable batteries you’ll buy this holiday season. The batteries also power the vast majority of consumer devices, electric vehicles, and grid storage systems. Despite their ubiquity, lithium-ion batteries have disadvantages. Metals used in the batteries are becoming expensive and one crucial metal, cobalt, is relatively rare and has had recent media focus on... Read More
October 29th 2019
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) have shown how chemical and structural changes improve the performance of a novel ion-conducting polymer (ionomer) membrane from 3M Company. The team included Ahmet Kusoglu, a research scientist in Berkeley Lab's Energy Conversion Group Using multiple x-ray characterization tools at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), the researchers took a closer look at the structural and chemical... Read More
October 8th 2019
Adam Weber’s research team sits together in a cluster of offices, cubicles, and laboratories deep in the labyrinth of the Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Buildings 62 and 70. A staff scientist/engineer who won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2014, Weber has now collected a solid and multidisciplinary group of undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and staff... Read More
August 28th 2019
A researcher at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been awarded a $50,000 fellowship for innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology.  Nemanja Danilovic and four other selected fellows from other institutions will each receive funding to conduct research as outlined in their proposals. Danilovic studies electrochemical technologies in the Energy Conversion Group at Berkeley Lab’s Energy... Read More
April 15th 2019
A core group of five national labs within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working to advance fuel cell performance and durability. In a recent DOE webinar, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) scientist Adam Weber provided an overview of this work.  The Fuel Cell Consortium for Performance and Durability (FC-PAD) aims to accelerate improvements in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) performance and durability. Weber... Read More
November 13th 2018
In a recent Facebook post, Energy Secretary Rick Perry lauds the DOE’s national labs and “the incredible work... Read More
October 3rd 2018
October 8 marks the 4th annual National Hydrogen Day—a date that gives a nod to the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008) and to the increasing role hydrogen fuel is playing nationally. Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists are working every day on research that allows hydrogen to be produced, stored, and used in cleaner and even more efficient and affordable ways. Hydrogen fuel is considered a key component of an all-of-the-above... Read More
August 1st 2018
Adam Weber, who leads the Energy Conversion Group within Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Energy Technologies Area, was recently named to the Electrochemical Society's 2018 Class of Fellows. The fellows are chosen for their scientific achievements, leadership and service to the society. Weber's current research involves understanding and optimizing fuel-cell and... Read More
Ramamoorthy Ramesh in his laboratory
July 19th 2018
After serving four years as Berkeley Lab's Associate Director for Energy Technologies, Ramamoorthy Ramesh will be returning to his research in ultra low-power electronics while also helping to lead a major Berkeley Lab research initiative in next-generation, energy-efficient microelectronics. This new initiative has been dubbed "Beyond Moore's Law," as it seeks the solution to what will happen when Moore's Law — which holds that the number of... Read More
Ravi Prasher (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab)
July 19th 2018
Ravi Prasher has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The announcement follows an international search. Prasher, an internationally renowned scientist in the field of thermal energy science and technologies, has been director of Berkeley Lab's... Read More
Group photo of the 2018 Women @ The Lab honorees
July 13th 2018
Vi Rapp, a researcher in the Energy Conversion Group, was recently honored by Berkeley Lab for her professional accomplishments and contributions in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math outreach. At an Oscars-style celebration at Berkeley Lab on June 9, 2018, a big crowd of family, friends, and colleagues cheered as each awardee took center stage. Sixteen women were recognized for their professional accomplishments and... Read More
May 21st 2018
Researchers from the Energy Conversion Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory gave talks at the 233rd meeting of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), which was held May 13-17 in Seattle. The semiannual ECS meeting gathers experts in solid state and electrochemical science. In one of the presentations, the Berkeley Lab scientists discussed the potential for improving performance in... Read More
May 15th 2018
Scientists from the Energy Conversion Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently presented at the American Physical Society March 2018 Meeting in Los Angeles. At the event, more than 11,000 physicists, scientists and students from all over the world converged to share research. Peter Dudenas, Andrew Crothers and Ahmet Kusoglu helped showcase the group's work at the conference, including research on perfluorosulfonic acid ion-... Read More
March 2nd 2018
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's Weber Group, a part of the Energy Conversion Group, have published new research that could have significant implications for how specific fuel cell materials perform in different environments. Their paper,  "Exploring substrate/ionomer interaction under oxidizing and reducing environments," was... Read More
February 21st 2018
Adam Weber, leader of the Energy Conversion Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was quoted in a Vox story about efforts at commercial-scale hydrogen production. There's currently “a resurgence of hydrogen-based activity around the world,” Weber says in the Feb. 16 story, "... Read More
February 19th 2018
A paper recently published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry and co-authored by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab researcher Adam Weber looks at the effects of electrolyte buffer capacity in electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction. The study used both experimental and simulation approaches to show how the buffer capacity of... Read More
January 24th 2018
 A new diagnostic tool for analyzing polymer-electrolyte (PEM) fuel-cell degradation has been developed by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's Energy Conversion Group. The simple and fast tool, described in a paper published in January in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, is based on analyzing changes in polarization curves of a cell over... Read More
January 15th 2018
Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells have the potential to cleanly power cars and provide stationary power, but cost and durability are major barriers to commercialization. To rapidly evaluate materials that can help overcome these issues, accelerated stress tests must be developed. A recent paper co-authored by researchers at the Energy Conversion Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory details the development of a new combined... Read More
November 13th 2017
Like a well-tended greenhouse garden, a specialized type of hydrogen fuel cell – which shows promise as a clean, renewable next-generation power source for vehicles and other uses – requires precise temperature and moisture controls to be at its best. If the internal conditions are too dry or too wet, the fuel cell won’t function well. But seeing inside a working fuel cell at the tiny scales relevant to a fuel cell’s chemistry and physics is... Read More
Portrait of Ahmet Kusoglu
October 31st 2016
Ahmet Kusoglu, of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division, has received the Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award of The Electrochemical Society recognizing outstanding young researchers in the field of energy technology. Kusoglu will receive his award at the 2017 Spring ECS meeting.
Car being fueled with hydrogen
October 6th 2016
There will be a celebration going on in the Berkeley Hills this weekend, and it's not just a student party or football game. Rather, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) and from all over the world will be celebrating the second annual National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on Saturday, October 8, 2016. National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day was created to help build awareness of clean air technology, science and research that... Read More
Adam Weber and Jeffrey Urban
October 8th 2015
New projects for hydrogen storage and fuel cell performance aim to bring down cost of fuel cell electric vehicles. With commitments from leading car and stationary-power manufacturers to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and the first ever fuel cell electric vehicle to go on sale later this year, interest is once again swelling in this carbon-free technology. Now, thanks to several new projects from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel... Read More