About Us

Our researchers perform analysis, research, and development in a wide range of topics to improve infrastructure and maximize cost savings—from buildings and batteries, to indoor air quality, the electricity grid, transportation, and environmental impacts.

About Us

The mission of Berkeley Lab's Energy Technologies Area (ETA) is to perform analysis, research, and development leading to better energy technologies and the reduction of adverse energy-related environmental impacts. We build on a strong foundation of energy efficiency to perform research and analysis in a wide range of topics, from buildings to batteries to indoor air quality, the electricity grid, transportation, and environmental impacts.

We carry out our work through the support of the U.S. Department of Energy (ETA's primary sponsor), other federal entities, state governments, and the private sector. Our staff of 500 represents a diverse cross section of fields and skills, ranging from architecture, physics and mechanical engineering, to economics and public policy. Many staff members have joint appointments at the University of California Berkeley, and we draw on students and recent graduates from University of California and other academic institutions for research assistants and postdoctoral appointments.

Ravi Prasher is our associate laboratory director (eta.lbl.gov/people/ravi-prasher).

The ETA is organized into four divisions:

  • Building Technology and Urban Systems (BTUS)—conducts R&D and develops physical and information technology to make buildings and urban areas more energy- and resource-efficient. This technology creates jobs and products for the marketplace in clean technology industries. They improve quality of life and reduce pollutant emissions, including climate-altering greenhouse gases. buildings.lbl.gov
  • Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts (EAEI)—analyzes domestic and global energy consumption and the associated social, economic, and environmental impacts such as human health, greenhouse gas emissions, and global climate change. eaei.lbl.gov
  • Energy Storage and Distributed Resources (ESDR)—conducts R&D and develops technologies that provide the electricity grid with significant storage capability for energy generated from renewable sources; monitoring and response technologies for the "smart grid"; and technologies for improved electricity distribution reliability. esdr.lbl.gov/

  • Cycloton Road—supports leading entrepreneurial scientists as they advance technology projects with the potential for global impact. This support has included more than $15 million to fellows who have gone on to generate more than $80 million in funding to support their projects. cyclotronroad.org