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The New York Times and Bill Gates Hail CalCharge Battery University

“This summer, San Jose State University (California) will offer the first classes of CalCharge Battery University, a series in its professional development program intended to train a work force for the next generation of battery makers. The curriculum is being developed by experts from the emerging battery storage sector – mostly from the San Francisco Bay Area – and will focus not only on developing the technology, but also on ways to make it cost-effective and realistically usable in electric cars, renewable energy or smartphones and laptops” wrote the New York Times on April 8.

Bill Gates hailed the idea and stated it was a great idea to offer a “battery university” for this fast growing and critical industry.

CalCharge is a partnership between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CalCEF, a family of nonprofit organizations working to promote the transition to a clean energy economy. CalCharge will bring together battery technology developers, major end-users and other stakeholders focused on consumer, transportation and grid-scale applications. CalCharge will provide groundbreaking mechanisms for conducting collaborative research projects with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and its partners.

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CalCharge Members Gain Access to BESTAR Facilities

Beginning May 2013, the rapidly emerging California battery sector will have access to new resources to accelerate its growth: an opportunity to work alongside world-class scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). This opportunity is available to members of CalCharge, a partnership of Berkeley Lab and CalCEF that serves as a “center of gravity” for this emerging industry. The unique agreement announced today offers companies an expedited path to collaborate with Berkeley Lab scientists and gain access to the Lab’s state-of-the-art scientific research facilities for proprietary research and development projects.
Public-private research collaborations are critical to accelerating research in batteries, according to Venkat Srinivasan, head of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources group at Berkeley Lab. “Private companies are eager to tap into the talent at the national labs, to have access to the best scientists, and the best equipment,” he said. “As a national lab, we’re also eager to help bridge the gap between basic and applied research. We think this agreement will knock down a barrier to innovation that will give the California  industry the opportunity to achieve meaningful breakthroughs in battery technology.”

Save the Date: CalCharge and Berkeley Lab Open House


CalCharge in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
and CalCEF invite you to the:

CalCharge Technology Acceleration Program Launch
An Open House at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
for the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Group 

May 3, 2013
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA

Lunch will be served

An opportunity for companies in the battery storage sector to:
  • Learn about groundbreaking mechanism for conducting collaborative research projects with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and its partners
  • Meet the senior research team and tour the facilities of the Battery Storage and Research Group
  • Hear updates on the $120 million Joint Center for Energy Research and its role in the growth of the California energy storage cluster
  • Be the first to learn about the CalCharge membership program and its benefits for your company
RSVP is required, please click here

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About CalCharge
CalCharge is a partnership between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CalCEF, a family of nonprofit organizations working to promote the transition to a clean energy economy.  Launched in Q1 2013, it is a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership working to accelerate energy storage commercialization and market adoption.  CalCharge will bring 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 will enable diverse stakeholders to collaborate, identify barriers to emerging technology success, develop solutions, and help 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 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 the origin 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 Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Group
The Electrochemical Technologies Group 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 CalCEF
CalCEF works to promote the transition to a clean energy economy by creating institutions and investment vehicles that grow markets for clean energy technologies. CalCEF is a nonprofit umbrella organization that pursues statewide and national agendas via 1) CalCEF Innovations, a  501(c)(3) that leads CalCEF’s analysis and product development; and 2) the California Clean Energy Fund, a 501(c)(4) that executes and scales the CalCEF investment strategy via a fund-of-funds model, partnering with leading investment managers.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory hosts the U.S.-U.K. Grid-Scale Energy Storage Workshop

On March 5-7, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) hosted the U.S.-U.K. Grid-Scale Energy Storage workshop.  Organized by Dr. Adam Weber (Berkeley Lab) and Prof. Nigel Brandon (Imperial College, London), and sponsored by the Office of Science and Innovation at the San Francisco British Consulate, the meeting provided a forum to compare and contrast the respective national activities and perspectives on grid-scale energy storage.

Driven from the supply side, the electricity grid will undergo a very deep transformation in the coming years and decades with the emergence of renewable energy, and from the demand side, with the adoption of distributed energy and electric vehicles.  Energy storage stands at the intersection and will play a crucial role.

Specific energy storage technologies, as well as case studies, were presented at the workshop.  These included thermal energy, compressed air energy storage, and redox flow batteries.  In addition, policy and regulatory measures and system integration and the economics of storage were discussed.  Participants had the opportunity to review and discuss in detail state of the art advancements in these areas with experts from U.S. National Laboratories, Universities and Industry from both continents.

LBNL and CalCEF Galvanize California’s Battery Industry

May 29, 2012CalCEF, which creates institutions and investment vehicles for the clean energy economy, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) today announced a partnership to launch CalCharge, a consortium uniting California’s emerging and established battery technology companies with critical academic and government resources. By bringing together the dozens of battery companies and institutions in California working on applications for consumer electronics batteries, electric/hybrid vehicle transportation and the electric grid, Berkeley Lab, CalCEF, along with other Bay Area academic institutions, aim to create a regional ecosystem for innovation in energy storage that will not only jumpstart a new era of battery technologies but also help ensure that U.S. companies succeed in this highly competitive environment (for the rest of the article go here)