Energy

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 Berkeley researchers led by mechanical engineering professor Liwei Lin, 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.

Eight Berkeley engineers honored as Siebel Scholars

Portraits of eight Siebel Scholars

9/14/2018 - Eight Berkeley engineers — representing bioengineering, computer science and energy science — have been named to the Siebel Scholars Foundation’s 2019 class, recognized for their academic achievements and demonstrated leadership.

UC Berkeley to co-lead DOE center to study corrosion in nuclear reactors

Nuclear symbol

8/6/2018 - Berkeley engineers are co-leading a new DOE-funded Energy Frontier Research Center to study how extreme conditions such as radiation exposure and corrosion affect nuclear reactor materials. The new center, led by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is called the Fundamental Understanding of Transport Under Reactor Extremes, or FUTURE.

Redesigning wind power

Diagram of the parts of the new efficient wind turbine: Tower, blades, concentrator and camouflage

6/1/2018 Berkeley Engineering students have designed a wind turbine that is quiet, efficient and protects birds.

Thin film converts heat from electronics into energy

Diagram of how thin film device converts waste heat into energy

4/16/2018 - Nearly 70 percent of the energy produced in the United States is wasted as heat — from exhaust pipes, high-speed electronics and other sources. Now Berkeley engineers have developed a thin-film system that can produce energy from these waste sources at unprecedented levels.

New technology could wean battery world off cobalt

Gerbrand Ceder

4/11/2018 - A research team led by Gerbrand Ceder, professor of materials science and engineering, has devised a way to build lithium battery cathodes using materials that have greater capacity, and a far lower price, than the traditional cobalt.

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