Energy

Making the invisible visible

black carbon sensors

7/22/2019 Berkeley Lab - Berkeley researchers have developed a new type of sensor network that is affordable and capable of tracking soot (black carbon). With more than 100 custom-built sensors installed across West Oakland for 100 days, the team created the largest black carbon monitoring network deployed in a single city.

New hydrogen fuel catalyst

5/1/2019 Engineers used gelatin to create a hydrogen fuel catalyst that works just as efficiently as platinum but at a much lower cost.

Going to extremes

5/1/2019 Researchers have developed a thermal regulator that improves the performance of lithium-ion batteries in extreme temperatures.

Jiggly Jell-O makes powerful new hydrogen fuel catalyst

Illustration of metal carbides sparking a reaction that splits water into oxygen and valuable hydrogen gas

12/13/2018 - A cheap and effective gelatin-based catalyst, developed by mechanical engineering professor Liwei Lin and his Berkeley research team, can generate hydrogen fuel from water just as efficiently as platinum, the far more expensive current standard.

From waste heat to energy

Illustration showing how waste heat could be used to generate energy

11/14/2018 Researchers have developed a thin-film device that converts waste heat to energy, using pyroelectric energy conversion.

Berkeley engineers selected to modernize the grid

Thumbnail of video: The ARPA-E Grid Optimization (GO) Competition

11/2/2018 - The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected eighteen teams, including two with Berkeley Engineering researchers, to participate in the Grid Optimization Competition. which aims to develop new management software for the nation's electricity grid.

Can the world change course on climate change?

Floating ice melting in the water

10/15/2018 - In an episode of the Knowledge‌‌@‌Wharton podcast, Berkeley professor of energy Daniel Kammen and Wharton's Brian Berkey discusses a new United Nations report warning that severe impacts of global warming are likely to occur by 2040.

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