The Energy Technologies Area (ETA) actively maintains and supports more than 60 websites, each offering a deep dive into the vibrant research we are conducting.
In addition, we have a large and easily accessible database of more than 10,000 publications, going back to the 1970s, at eta-publications.lbl.gov.
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Building Technology & Urban Systems Division
The Building Technology & Urban Systems (BTUS) Division advances energy efficiency in the built environment—one of the world's most critical energy and environmental challenges.
Visit the division site at buildings.lbl.gov.
This Roadmap outlines the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)'s 14 recommendations for addressing the top barriers to grid-interactive efficient building (GEB) adoption and deployment.
The Building Energy Data Exchange Specification is a dictionary of terms and definitions commonly used in tools and activities that help stakeholders make energy investment decisions, track building performance, and implement energy efficient policies and programs.
This website documents prior, recent, and current LBNL work in Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS). EMIS are the broad and rapidly evolving family of tools that monitor, analyze, and control building energy use and system performance. These technologies include benchmarking and utility bill tracking software, energy information systems (EIS), building automation systems, fault detection and diagnostic tools, and automated system optimization software.
The Department of Energy-led Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers demonstrates national leadership in decreasing the energy use of data centers. Through the supply of technical support, tools, best practices, analyses, and the introduction of technologies, CoE assists federal agencies and other organizations implement data center energy efficiency projects.
The Demand Response Research Center plans and conducts multi-disciplinary research to advance demand response within Smart Grid infrastructures in California, the nation, and abroad.
The Department of Energy's FLEXLAB® at Berkeley Lab is the most flexible, comprehensive and advanced building efficiency simulator in the world, and is unleashing the full potential of improved energy efficiency in buildings.
The Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory works to cool buildings, cities, and the planet by making roofs, pavements, and cars cooler in the sun.
The IMPEL vision is to integrate market-oriented skillsets with the advanced scientific thinking at the national labs in order to focus early-stage building technologies R&D on industry gaps, and catalyze it towards private sector engagement and impact.
Our team collaborates with governments, utilities, and industry to encourage more efficient use of energy and other resources in the industrial sector. We develop energy and demand management practices, standards, policies, analysis, and technologies for both the U.S. and world markets.
International researchers across the Energy Technologies Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) perform game-changing research on energy use and clean energy strategies through extensive analysis, model and tool development. We deploy our findings across a wide variety of sectors in emerging and developed economies, and link U.S. industry with key global opportunities.
The Residential Building Systems group (RBS) works on problems associated with whole-building integration involving modeling, measurement, design, and operation. Most of its tasks focus on the movement of air and associated penalties involving distribution of pollutants, energy and fresh air.
The Simulation Research Group specializes in the research, development and deployment of software that support the design and operation of buildings, as well as the research of next-generation building energy and control systems.
The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is a database led by the U.S. Department of Energy that encourages the use of a wide variety of commercially available Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) technologies and ongoing monitoring practices to help uncover those energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance for the long run.
Standby power is electricity used by appliances and equipment while they are switched off. This website presents information on standby power and technologies to reduce it.
The Sustainable Operations (SO) Group is a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds in policy, environmental science, engineering and sustainability that supports organizations on their path to better and more sustainable energy performance and productivity. The Group performs research and collaborates with government and private sector partners on bringing energy to the forefront of institutional culture and operations and elevating the adoption of clean energy technologies.
Leapfrogging the status quo, the U.S. Department of Energy and Berkeley Lab have joined forces with the smart buildings industry to deliver the first-ever technology to automatically find and correct controls problems.
Supporting the mission of the Department of Energy to increase the energy efficiency of windows and buildings. We accomplish this using advanced technology development, algorithms and software tools, supported by an extensive array of testing facilities and experienced scientists.
Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division
The Energy Analysis & Environmental Impact Division conducts research on energy consumption and related impacts to inform policy, standards, and decision-making for the benefit of society and the environment.
Visit the division website at eaei.lbl.gov
The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center will help accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies here at home.
This project uses a community-based approach to understand concerns, benefits, and drawbacks of large-scale solar with the goal to help communities align their solar energy planning with community values, energy and procedural justice themes, and developer requirements.
We work with industry to develop and implement technology solutions that support competitive markets while protecting the public interest in reliable electricity service.
Cookstoves developed at Berkeley Lab save lives around the world. In 2005 the U.S. government asked Ashok Gadgil, a leader at the Lab, for a solution to a grave problem. In Sudan’s war-torn region of Darfur, women had to walk for hours to find firewood, risking attack every step of the way. The Berkeley-Darfur Stove requires less than half the fuel of traditional cooking methods.
The Efficient and Healthy Schools campaign aims to engage K-12 schools to improve energy performance and indoor air quality, with a focus on practical solutions involving HVAC and other technologies to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
We analyze and report on the impacts and savings potential of energy efficiency standards on a range of products including residential appliances, commercial and industrial equipment, and lighting products.
Informing public and private decision-making through technical, economic, and policy analysis of energy-related topics.
Berkeley Lab's Global Cooling Efficiency Program conducts global technology and policy-relevant research on the energy efficiency of cooling equipment.
The term "indoor air quality (IAQ)", interpreted broadly, refers to the environmental characteristics inside buildings that may affect human health, comfort, or work performance.
Indoor Environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab performs cutting-edge research to advance health, productivity and energy efficiency in the built environment.
International research in identifying and utilizing clean energy resources and energy efficiency opportunities.
Research in the Sustainable Energy Systems Group focuses on ways to achieve a clean, affordable and accessible global energy system. We help devise efficient, affordable alternative energy technologies and strategies.
The Sustainable Transportation Initiative is a joint effort between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and University of California, Berkeley to deliver foundational scientific research and robust engineering solutions addressing the nation’s mobility system needs.
The U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG), first launched in April 2013, is a comprehensive framework for facilitating constructive U.S.-China cooperation and dialogue on climate change.
Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division
The Energy Storage & Distributed Resource division enables and accelerates the development and adoption of new advanced technologies for sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency.
Visit the division website at esdr.lbl.gov
The Battery Research Group conducts renowned fundamental and applied research that has led to a deep understanding of electrochemical processes and the discovery of the next generation of battery materials and materials processing.
The Energy Conversion Group focuses on a diverse portfolio of advanced energy conversion technologies with the goal of providing the tools necessary to create and sustain a clean energy system. Our group is a multidisciplinary team of electrochemists, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, theorists and material scientists.
Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage Center works with national lab, academic, and industry partners to enable the nation’s transition to a clean, affordable, and resilient energy future. The Center is a world leader in advancing solutions that impact the evolving grid, transportation, industrial sectors, buildings, and resilience.
The Grid Integration Group studies the infrastructure that is compatible with requirements of electric system grid operators and electric utility companies while serving the loads and needs of electricity customers.
The Hacking Materials Group leverages advances in theoretical materials science, supercomputing, and informatics to understand and design new materials for renewable energy applications. We work closely with experimental groups to bring materials from the computer to the laboratory.
Robert Kostecki’s group conducts research on basic processes and fundamental phenomena that occur in electrical energy storage/conversion devices and water treatment systems.
Ahmet Kusoglu's research involves a wide range of topics from modeling and diagnostics of ion-containing polymers (ionomers) and thin films at electrode interfaces, including interrogation of their transport and mechanical properties and structure/function relationships, to morphological characterization through state-of-the-art synchrotron X-ray techniques at the Advanced Light Source (ALS).
The Laser Technologies Group works to develop the next generation of novel laser sensors for identifying the chemical makeup of materials in real-time. Applications include energy storage (batteries), energy conversion (solar), biology, environment and nuclear security.
Gao Liu Research Group combines synthetic chemistry, composite engineering, and electrochemistry to solve the interdisciplinary problems in energy generation, storage, and usage.
Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck is a DOE-funded consortium formed by five primary national labs to overcome durability and efficiency challenges in proton-exchange membrane fuel-cells (PEMFCs) for heavy-duty applications with an initial focus on long-haul trucks.
The Persson Research Group studies the physics and chemistry of materials using atomistic computational methods and high-performance computing technology.
The Ravi Prasher Research Group is a science-to-systems lab conducting research in manipulating matter at nanoscale dimensions for novel applications in a multitude of thermal, solar, and electrochemical energy devices and systems.
Tucker Research Lab develops electrochemical devices at all stages from inception to product prototyping. We focus on devices with ceramic active materials, including solid oxide fuel cells and electrolysis cells, and solid state batteries.
The Weber Research Group explores electrochemical-based energy-conversion materials and assemblies across various technological platforms and applications. We conduct fundamental research on applied problems, with work focused mainly on exploration of transport phenomena.
Learn about Berkeley Lab's leadership role in hydrogen research, across both fundamental science and applied technologies.
ETA Publications Database
Find more than 10,000 publications -- all open to the public -- dating back to the 1970s. Publications are continuously updated and new publications uploaded on a daily basis: