Research and Development

The Energy Technologies Area performs analysis, research, and development leading to better energy technologies and reduction of adverse energy-related environmental impacts.

The Area carries out research on batteries and fuel cells, electricity grid technologies, energy-efficient building technologies; energy analysis; environmental impacts of energy use, including on air quality and climate, indoor environmental quality, and sensors and materials for energy applications.

Advanced energy technologies for low-cost rechargeable advanced electrochemical batteries and fuel cells for automotive and stationary applications.
Working with industry to develop technologies for buildings that increase energy efficiency, and improve the comfort, health and safety of building occupants.
Demand response technologies for the transition to the smart grid. Technologies that increase the reliability of the electricity grid. Distributed energy resources—localized grouping of electricity sources and loads.
Analyzing worldwide energy systems and the technology, economic, and policy options that enable energy efficiency, clean energy, system reliability, and environmental sustainability.
Cleaner-burning combustion technologies. Physical and chemical technologies for advanced materials, sensors, and controls.
Greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter, and their impacts on climate. Life-cycle assessment. Fate and transport of pollutants. Regional-scale outdoor air quality.
Improving the health, comfort, and energy efficiency of the indoor environment. Assessing indoor air quality, and developing technologies for its improvement.
From testing new building technologies to developing advanced battery technologies, and more.