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Research Facilities

ETA maintains advanced research and test facilities for buildings, energy technologies, air quality, developing world technologies, and others.

The Area maintains advanced research and test facilities for cooperative and sponsored R&D.

A multi-room laboratory for testing thermal properties of advanced windows and window systems such as electrochromic windows, and automatically controlled shutters and blinds. The lab simulates real-world office spaces and imbedded instrumentation in the windows records solar gains and losses for specified time periods.

The BATT Fab Lab (Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies Fabrication Laboratory) conducts battery cell analysis and testing of the performance of new materials in experimental batteries.

This LBNL facility is used for detailed evaluation of the fuel efficiency and pollutant emissions of cookstoves, including methods traditionally used in developing regions of the world and cookstoves designed for increased efficiency.

State of the art instrumentation systems for measurement of gaseous and particle-phase pollutants.

LBNL has received US Department of Energy funding to design and build a novel user testbed facility for low-energy building systems. This user facility will be comprised of a set of testbeds and simulation platforms for research, development, and demonstration of low energy building technologies, control systems, and building systems integration.

The Windows Group has a complete set of instruments designed to characterize the detailed radiometric and optical properties of solar energy materials and in particular glazing and shading materials for window.

The Infrared Thermography Laboratory (IRLab) conducts detailed laboratory experiments on the thermal performance of windows and other insulated systems. Thermography experiments in the IRLab use an infrared imager to produce qualitative thermal images, or thermograms, which help provide a visual interpretation of how heat is flowing through the specimen

Our Lighting Systems Test Facilities are aimed at aiding research that improves energy efficiency of lighting systems.

MoWITT contains two side-by-side calorimetric test chambers for testing the thermal performance of window and wall elements under actual outdoor conditions.

Laser and other advanced optical spectroscopies are employed to study the chemical properties of materials, the electrode/electrolyte interface in advanced battery systems, turbulent combustion, and particulate emissions from diesel engines. X-rays from synchrotron light sources and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) are used in studies of components for advanced batteries and fuel cells. Chemical analysis instrumentation such as high-performance liquid chromatographs (HPLC) assist in analyzing catalytic reactions.