Berkeley Lab

In collaboration with Industry partners, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory wins new DOE Awards in the fields of Energy Storage and Conversion

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is strongly committed to develop its relationships and collaborations with Industry. The recent announcements from DOE ARPA-E and Vehicle Technologies Office regarding new project awards are a testimony to this strategic endeavor.

An ARPA-E RANGE Project was awarded to a team led by GE to develop a new, low-cost, water-based flow battery for EVs. The Berkeley Lab (Dr. Adam Weber) contribution is to test the chemistry identified at GE and prove its viability in redox flow cell hardware.

The following projects are funded under the Vehicle Technologies Program:

The 3M Company leads a project aimed at developing a new, high-energy electrochemical couple for automotive applications that exceeds energy requirements for PEV applications by coupling high-capacity core-shell cathode, advanced electrolyte, and advanced stable silicon alloy composite anode with a novel conductive polymer binder. Berkeley Lab (Dr. Gao Liu) will design and prepare new polymer binders attuned to 3M silicon alloy anode materials.

Farasis Energy will develop high-energy density lithium-ion cells for electric vehicles based on novel, high-voltage manganese-rich cathode material coupled with a metal alloy composite anode and a high-voltage electrolyte. Berkeley Lab (Dr. Marca Doeff) will develop new high-energy metal-substituted NMC cathode materials.

BATT Scientists on The Cover of Scientific American!

Gerbrand Ceder, MIT and Kristin Persson, LBNL made the cover of the latest Scientific American with their article: “How Supercomputers Will Yield a Golden Age of Materials Science”.  Check it out!

Kristen Persson Speaks at ‘Science at the Theater’

Here’s the clip of Dr. Persson’s presentation, A Google for Materials

CalCharge and Berkeley Lab Sign Groundbreaking CRADA

In preparation for its mid-October launch, CalCharge and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have completed work on their innovative Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) that is expected to become a national model for industry engagement with the national laboratories.

Energy storage innovators need cost effective and clear pathways to access the expertise, facilities, and resources needed to accelerate the development and commercialization of their technologies.  Through its Technology Assessment and Acceleration programs, CalCharge is forging a series of strategic relationships that will better leverage existing resources and dramatically expand access to the array of world-class research and testing facilities found in the national labs, universities, and other organizations in California.

Working with Berkeley Lab, CalCharge has finalized the first of these signature relationships.  Through an extremely innovative and dramatically streamlined Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), member companies will be able to access services, facilities and personnel at Berkeley Lab significantly faster, and at a lower expected cost, than through traditional bilaterally negotiated contracts.

Through this best-in-class CRADA, CalCharge members will be able to:Develop and commence a collaborative research project in a fraction of the time required to negotiate an individual company CRADA.

  • Design smaller scale projects than would be cost effective through an individual company CRADA.
  • Divide larger projects into tiered stages that can be conducted in rapid sequence.
  • Designate intellectual property generated during the project as Protected CRADA information and prevent its public disclosure and publication.
  • Obtain an exclusive license and/or title to any subject inventions developed during the cooperative research project


CalCharge Prepares for Launch

After nearly two years of research and organizational development efforts, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CalCEF, and other key partners are only weeks away from the full operational launch of CalCharge.   By mid-October, they expect to announce the core group of institutional and major corporate members along with the first tranche of emerging company members.

California is home to over 95 battery and electrochemical storage (energy storage) companies, ranging from startups to global corporations focused on the technologies and components needed for the transportation, grid, and consumer electronic markets.  As one of the largest and most dynamic concentrations of energy storage companies in the US, the California cluster has an outsized impact on industry and market development globally.   However, as with any emerging industry, there are critical gaps in the existing ecosystem that are impairing its development.

To identify and develop solutions to these challenges Berkeley Lab and CalCEF conducted extensive research from 2011 to 2013. This included not only general market analysis, but also direct engagement and feedback from a broad cross-section of business, public, and civil society stakeholders from across the California energy storage cluster.  The result – CalCharge.

CalCharge is a groundbreaking public-private partnership working to accelerate the development, commercialization, and adoption of new energy storage technologies for the consumer, transportation, and grid markets.  It will bring together emerging and established companies, academic and research institutions, government agencies, and other key stakeholders to increase the growth of the energy storage sector and spur the creation of advanced manufacturing capacity and processes.  Through CalCharge, members will have access to Technology Assessment and Acceleration, Professional Development, Pre-Commercialization Support, and Ecosystem Facilitation programs.   The goal – a thriving California energy storage cluster that is a key driver of industry and market growth globally.

For more information on CalCharge and to request membership information when it becomes available, please email