Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division

Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division

ETA researchers in the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division conduct R&D and develop technologies that provide the electricity grid with significant storage capability for:

  • energy generated from renewable sources
  • real-time monitoring and response technologies for the “smart grid” to optimize energy use and communication between electricity providers and consumers
  • technologies for improved electricity distribution reliability

Their goal is to identify and develop technologies, policies and strategies to enable a shift to renewable energy sources at $1 per watt for a low-cost, low-carbon, reliable electric grid.

Researchers develop, demonstrate and deploy:

  • Advanced battery and fuel cell technologies for both transportation and stationary applications
  • Microgrid technologies that allow enterprises and communities to supply their own clean energy
  • Real-time smart grid/demand response technologies to allow energy users, suppliers and grid operators to run efficiently
  • Software and hardware technologies to improve the reliability of the grid
  • Very low-emissions combustion technologies
  • Advanced physical and chemical sensors for developing new energy materials and detecting hazardous waste


Adrian Albert (510) 213-1220
Judith Alvarado (510) 486-4501
Marie-Louise Arlt (510) 486-4929
Daniel Arnold (858) 344-3759
Pedro Arrechea (510) 642-2295
Andreas Backhaus (510) 486-4720
Sangjae Bae (510) 590-8798
Aditya Balasubramanian (412) 996-6215
Vince Battaglia (510) 486-7172
Maxime Baudette (510) 486-5855
Sarah Berlinger (510) 486-6575
Yitian Bie (510) 486-7207
Doug Black (510) 486-7904
Sam Blau (510) 847-1029
Kenneth Boblak (510) 258-9913


Publications by Organization


Roberts, C., Review of International Grid Codes, 2018.


Pant, L. M. and A. Z. Weber, Communication—Modeling Polymer-Electrolyte Fuel-Cell Agglomerates with Double-Trap Kinetics, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, vol. 164, no. 11, pp. E3102 - E3104, 2017.
Xu, J. et al., Facile Synthesis and Electrochemistry of Si-Sn-C Nanocomposites for High-Energy Li-Ion Batteries, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, vol. 164, no. 7, pp. A1378 - A1383, 2017.
Self, E. C. et al., High Areal Capacity Si/LiCoO2 Batteries from Electrospun Composite Fiber Mats, ChemSusChem, vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 1823 - 1831, 2017.
Spingler, F. B., A. Phillips, T. Schuler, M. C. Tucker, and A. Z. Weber, Investigating fuel-cell transport limitations using hydrogen limiting current, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol. 42, no. 19, pp. 13960 - 13969, 2017.
Kusoglu, A. and A. Z. Weber, New Insights into Perfluorinated Sulfonic-Acid Ionomers, Chemical Reviews, vol. 117, no. 3, pp. 987 - 1104, 2017.