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


Hui Zhao (510) 486-7599
Wanhe Zhao (510) 486-7218
Tianyue Zheng (510) 486-5125
Xiaobing Zhu (510) 486-6308
Vassilia Zorba Zormpa (510) 486-7040


Publications by Organization


Sethuraman, Vijay A., Venkat Srinivasan, and John S. Newman. "Analysis of electrochemical lithiation and delithiation kinetics in silicon." Journal of The Electrochemical Society 160, no. 2 (2012): A394-A403.
Feng, Wei, Nan Zhou, Chris Marnay, Michael Stadler, and Judy Lai. Building Distributed Energy Performance Optimization for China - a Regional Analysis of Building Energy Costs and CO2 Emissions In 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2012. Pacific Grove, California, 2012. (5 MB)
Marnay, Chris, Steven Lanzisera, Michael Stadler, and Judy Lai. Building Scale DC Microgrids In 2012 IEEE Energytech. Cleveland, Ohio, 2012. (26.63 MB)
Weber, Adam Z., Sivagaminathan Balasubramanian, and Prodip K. Das. "Chapter 2 - Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells." In Advances in Chemical EngineeringFuel Cell EngineeringProton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, 65-144. Vol. 41. Elsevier, 2012.