Livermore Lab teams up with CalCharge in fast-growing battery industry

Partnership seen as important to California's energy future

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has joined CalCharge, a public-private consortium designed to accelerate the development and deployment of energy storage technologies.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory also are partners with CalCharge, a trifecta of U.S. Department of Energy national labs in the Bay Area. Together, CalCharge and the labs now have a competitive advantage in the fast-growing battery industry.

"Lawrence Livermore offers cutting-edge expertise in materials, manufacturing and computation for application to energy storage solutions," said Bill Goldstein, the Livermore Lab's director.

"Partnering with CalCharge creates a valuable new path for engagement with industry in this area, which is especially important to California's energy future," he added.

According to Goldstein, the Livermore Lab's current energy storage research ranges from electromechanical batteries to 3D-printed graphene aerogels to lithium-based batteries with improved power densities and safety characteristics.

Goldstein said the lab will hold an open house in August for investors and innovators to tour the operation and learn more about its work.

Energy storage is considered key to the broad uptake of clean energy technologies throughout the economy, from transportation to the power sector to consumer electronics.

"The addition of Livermore Lab as a partner and CalCharge's continued growth reflect the economic opportunity inherent in the energy storage sector in California," said Julie Blunden, chair of the CalCharge board. "We're excited about the innovative work our members are undertaking to usher in a new era of advanced energy storage."

CalCharge and the Livermore Lab are developing a standard cooperative research agreement that would allow CalCharge members access to Lawrence Livermore's world-class scientists and facilities.

"Through CalCharge, these three crown jewels of the national lab system will be able to more easily connect and collaborate with emerging and established energy storage companies," said Horst Simon, deputy director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "That will boost the sector's economic impact and job growth."

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