Energy

Ceder peeks into the battery pipeline

Gerbrand Ceder

12/16/2019 Berkeley Lab - From cobalt-free to sodium-ion, materials science and engineering professor Gerbrand Ceder evaluates some of the most promising battery technologies in development.

Heat energy leaps through empty space, thanks to quantum weirdness

Vacuum chamber used to test heat transfer

12/11/2019 - In a surprising new study, Berkeley researchers led by Xiang Zhang, professor of mechanical engineering, showed that heat energy can travel through a complete vacuum due to invisible quantum fluctuations, a discovery that could have profound implications for the design of computer chips.

Mirror mirror

Voyager spacecraft

10/25/2019 Researchers broke another record in thermophotovoltaics, raising the efficiency of converting heat into electricity from 23% to 29%.

Eight Berkeley engineers honored as Siebel Scholars

9/25/2019 - Eight Berkeley Engineering graduate students — five from bioengineering, two from computer science and one from energy science — have been named to the Siebel Scholars Foundation’s 2020 class.

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.

Going to extremes

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

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.

Pages