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Registration is Now Open: 2015 Bay Area Battery Summit at Berkeley Lab on November 3

The 2015 Bay Area Battery Summit is scheduled for November 3rd, 2015 at Berkeley Lab!

Emerging energy storage technologies and effective state and federal policies have, and will continue to drive important changes to the nation’s transportation and electric grid infrastructure and ecosystems. However, uncertainty in technology choices and policy options may hinder the speed of adoption and growth. What more could be happening within universities, national laboratories, industry, the U.S. Congress, governors’ offices, and state legislatures that would further drive rapid deployment of transformative energy storage technologies?

Organized by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), the Electric Power and Research Institute (EPRI), and CalCharge, and sponsored by the Bay Area Council, this one-day summit will address fundamental questions about energy storage Research Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RDD&D.) The summit will bring together thought leaders to encourage in-depth conversations about:

  • Technology needs in transportation and the grid
  • Current status of battery technology
  • Policy developments to speed progress and technology adoption
  • Mitigating marketplace challenges
  • Exciting new developments that could revolutionize the way energy is stored

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

  • Paul Alivisatos, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • George Crabtree, Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research
  • David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Mateo Jaramillo, Director of Powertrain Business Development, Tesla Motors
  • Cheryl Martin, Former Acting Director, ARPA-E, Founder, Harwich Partners

Early Bird Registration before October 8th: $150

Registration after October 8th: $200

Registration fees include meals and attendance at the poster session.

For more information and to register: http://www.energystorage.lbl.gov/battery-summit/

SAVE THE DATE: Industry Day and Open House at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

On April 29, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division will host an Industry Day and Open House.

This event will provide companies in the energy storage sector an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the groundbreaking mechanism for conducting collaborative research projects at LBNL and how it can benefit your company.
  • Learn how you can start engaging with LBNL expertise in less than two weeks to conduct experiments that will benefit your company.
  • Hear about the new opportunities for energy storage associated with solar energy and micro-grids.
  • Meet the senior research team and listen to technical talks on the latest battery technologies and developments.
  • Tour the LBNL Energy Storage facilities and FLEXLAB.
  • Hear from CalCharge members about their current collaborations with LBNL scientists.
  • Get updates on CalCharge activities.
  • Enjoy a networking and poster session presented by the next-generation of battery scientists at LBNL.

Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required
please click here to pre-register.

Lunch will be served.

For further information, please contact IndustryDay@lbl.gov


About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing theorigin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

About CalCharge
CalCharge was co-founded by CalCEF, a family of nonprofit organizations working to promote the transition to a clean energy economy, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Launched in 2013, CalCharge brings together emerging and established California companies, academic and research institutions, government bodies, and financing sources to jumpstart a new era of energy storage technologies for the electric/hybrid vehicle, grid, and consumer electronics markets.  Through its programs, CalCharge enables diverse stakeholders to collaborate, identify barriers to emerging technology success, develop solutions, and helps to provide access to resources that clear the path to commercialization.

About CalCharge Technology Acceleration Program
CalCharge and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are committed to accelerating technology innovation in the California energy storage industry. Berkeley Lab, in keeping with the Department of Energy’s goal of more deeply engaging private industry with the national labs, is dedicating significant resources to helping member companies with technology assessment, R&D support, modeling and design, and IP management. CalCharge intends to expand upon this model to include services from other regional research institutions as well.

About Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division
The Electrochemical Technologies Group in the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division at Berkeley Lab conducts innovative research to understand the basic and fundamental science of next-generation batteries and to overcome technological barriers to their commercialization. Funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy, it is one of the world’s leading centers for advanced battery and fuel cells research. Current programs are focused on batteries for electric vehicles and grid storage, and fuel cells for transportation and stationary applications.

About FLEXLAB
FLEXLAB at Berkeley Lab is the most flexible, comprehensive, and advanced building efficiency simulator in the world, and it’s unleashing the full potential of energy efficiency in buildings. FLEXLAB lets users test energy-efficient building systems individually or as an integrated system, under real-world conditions. FLEXLAB test beds can test HVAC, lighting, windows, building envelope, control systems, and plug loads in any combination and is now poised to install PV modules and battery storage in the coming months. Users can test alternatives, perform cost-benefit analyses, and ensure a building will be as efficient as possible — before construction or retrofitting even begins. FLEXLAB is the latest in Berkeley Lab’s long line of game-changing energy efficiency innovations.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Adam Weber honored with the Electrochemical Society Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to Dr. Adam Weber on being the recipient of the 2014 Electrochemical Society’s Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator Award. This award was established to recognize outstanding scientific and/or engineering work in fundamental or applied electrochemistry by a young scientist or engineer, and is the top award the Electrochemical Society awards for early career investigators. Charles Tobias is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of the field of electrochemical engineering. Charles Tobias spent his entire career at the University of California Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), occupying prestigious positions such as Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department and Acting Dean of the College of Chemistry and was also a past president of The Electrochemical Society.

Adam Weber is a Staff Scientist in the Electrochemical Technologies Group of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at LBNL. His current research involves understanding and optimizing fuel-cell and related electrochemical device performance and lifetime, including component and ionomer structure/function studies using advanced modeling and diagnostics, understanding flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage, and analysis of solar-fuel generators where he is a Team Leader for Modeling and Simulation at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP).

While early in his career, Adam has already developed a long list of Industry collaborators and partners with leading U.S. companies (DuPont, General Electric, General Motors, Gore, Ion Power, Proton OnSite, United Technologies, 3M) as well as international firms (Ballard, Robert Bosch, Freudenberg, SGL Carbon, Toyota Motor Company).

DOE Assistant Secretary recognizes Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers for their pioneering work in silicon anode binders for lithium-ion batteries

Dr. Gao Liu and Dr. Vincent Battaglia’s recent achievements were acknowledged by DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson during his recent visit to LBNL. Danielson praised the researchers for their pioneering contributions to conducting polymer binders for silicon anodes for high energy density lithium-ion batteries. Lithium ion batteries are used in most of today’s consumer electronics, and hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles (EVs). The use of silicon anodes shows the promise to boost the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries by up to 30%. However, classical binders used today cannot absorb the huge swings in material expansion and contraction upon cycling. The new binders developed at LBNL mitigate this crucial problem. They are a based on a new family of conducting polymers that can be tailored for specific silicon anodes. The Berkeley Lab team is working with Envia Inc., 3M, and General Motors to commercialize this technology.

For further information, please contact:

Gao Liu: gliu@lbl.gov

Vince Battaglia: vsbattaglia@lbl.gov

 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Adam Weber receives Presidential Early-Career Scientist Award

President Obama named Dr. Adam Weber as one of this year’s recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their career.  He was nominated based on his applied research on fuel cells for the Department of Energy.

Transport phenomena in electrochemical technologies are at the crux of Adam Weber’s research interests.  He has studied water and thermal management, durability, and manufacturing issues in low-temperature fuel cells, through both mathematical modeling and advanced component diagnostics.  This work has interacted with various industrial partners and has led to many fruitful joint-collaborations aimed at optimizing, understanding, and improving the technologies.

His fuel-cell work is now being leveraged into improving redox flow-batteries for grid-scale electrical energy storage.  Working together with Berkeley Lab scientists Venkat Srinivasan, Vincent Battaglia, and research associate Kyu Taek Cho, the team has developed what is believed to be one of the highest power density flow-batteries to date.

Adam Weber’s current research is also focused on transport and properties of ion-conducting polymers, especially their existence as both membranes and thin films in electrode structures for various electrochemical technologies.  Additional interests include understanding and optimizing solar-fuel generators, as done at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, where Dr. Weber is the Modeling and Simulation Team (MaST) lead.

Although still early in his career, Adam has already developed a long list of industry collaborations and partners with several leading U.S. companies (DuPont, General Electric, General Motors, Gore, Ion Power, Proton OnSite, United Technologies, 3M) as well as international firms (Ballard, Bosch, Freudenberg, Johnson Matthey, Nuvera, SGL Carbon, Toyota).

To learn more about this year’s Presidential Early-Career Scientist Awards: http://newscenter.lbl.gov/news-releases/2014/01/07/president-obama-honors-outstanding-early-career-scientists/

To contact or work with Adam: azweber@lbl.gov