Lab For Cutting Edge Batteries Expands

[Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story, based upon information culled from a news release, indicated a new center for battery research had opened. In fact, existing space was upgraded instead. The story has been corrected to reflect this. EarthTechling regrets the error.]

Both electric vehicles and weather-dependent renewables need better batteries to advance. Now, thanks to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), there will be better national lab space for battery researchers and scientists. The facility was upgraded  – in part via funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – to create a more useful facility which will support those who are doing cutting edge battery research.

This new upgraded space in Building 62, built with the help of $2.9 million in recovery funding, is expected to be completed this month. It created office space and 10 new laboratories for researchers in Berkeley Lab’s battery group, known as one of the top research programs in the country for batteries and fuel cells for vehicle applications.

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image via Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

“The funding for the battery program at Berkeley Lab has expanded considerably in the past few years under the leadership of John Newman,” said battery researcher Nitash Balsara in a statement. “The new battery labs in Building 62 provide the program with the space for developing and characterizing the next generation of rechargeable batteries for applications ranging from electric vehicles to storage of renewable energy.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.