Building on 70 years of scientific leadership in energy storage research, Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage Center harnesses the expertise and capabilities across the Lab to accelerate real-world solutions. We work with national lab, academic, and industry partners to enable the nation’s transition to a clean, affordable, and resilient energy future.
The Berkeley Lab Energy Storage Center is a world leader in advancing solutions that impact the evolving grid, transportation, industrial sectors, buildings, and resilience.
Virtual Field Trip Series
Exploring the World Unplugged:
The Secret Life of Energy Storage
Berkeley Lab National Energy Storage Summit:
Jumpstarting America’s Energy Storage Future
March 8-9, 2022
Exponential energy storage deployment is both expected and needed in the coming decades, enabling our nation’s just transition to a clean, affordable, and resilient energy future. This public summit will convene and connect national and regional thought leaders across industry, government, communities, and the research enterprise to catalyze solutions and partnerships around specific challenges to America’s energy storage future.
Bridging the U.S. Lithium Supply Chain Gap
A Science-to-Systems Approach
At Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage Center, more than 100 researchers are conducting pioneering work across the entire energy storage landscape, from discovery science to applied research, to deployment analysis and policy research. Our approach includes:
Electrochemical Energy Storage
Materials discovery, synthesis, characterization, and diagnostics to develop next-generation batteries (including solid state) and flow batteries
Chemical Energy Storage
Hydrogen and storage of hydrogen
Thermal Energy Storage
Exploring low- and high-temperature materials and systems involving the subsurface, buildings, and the manufacturing sector
Mechanical Energy Storage
Compressed air storage in porous media
Systems, Analysis, and Markets
Researching policy and market factors that affect widespread energy storage adoption
Berkeley Lab’s expertise will ensure U.S. leadership in energy storage innovation for decades to come.
Major areas of research include cathode development, hybrid systems (solar or wind + storage), lithium supply chains, new battery chemistries, electric vehicles, long duration energy storage, recycling, and microgrids.
We’re also providing technical assistance and leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning, techno-economic analyses, and life cycle assessments.
Connect with Our Innovation Ecosystem
Partner: Accelerate Technologies to Market
Search energy storage technologies available for licensing through our Intellectual Property Office.
Through CalCharge and other partnerships, Berkeley Lab has strong collaborative ties with a broad range of energy storage companies in the Bay Area and beyond.
Building a national community focused on impact at the nexus of energy storage and energy justice.
Through partnerships, we’re advancing innovative solutions to energy storage workforce challenges with a concentration on our most valuable asset: people.
Meet our Energy Storage Experts
Our expertise will ensure U.S. leadership in energy storage research now and into the future.
Find a Berkeley Lab energy storage expert.
Hydrogen Can Play a Key Role in U.S. Decarbonization
A Q&A with Berkeley Lab scientists on how hydrogen can help achieve net-zero emissions. Adam Weber is Berkeley Lab’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Program Manager and leads Berkeley Lab’s Energy Conversion Group (ECG), and Ahmet Kusoglu is a staff scientist in the ECG, a multidisciplinary team of electrochemists, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, theorists, and material scientists with active collaborations across industry, academia, and national laboratories.
Energy Storage Podcast
In an episode of “A Day in the Half Life“, we speak to a policy leader and a researcher about the history of piggy-banking power to spend it later, and how this field is evolving to help us prevent extreme weather-related blackouts, adopt more renewable energy, and build bigger, better, more environmentally responsible batteries.