Renewables Domain

About Renewable Energy

Renewable energy brings numerous advantages that can affect the economy, environment, national security, and human health. Renewable energy sources include wind energy, solar energy, bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydropower, and marine energy. Renewable energy generates about 20% of all US electricity; the United States is a resource-rich country with renewable energy resources 100x that of the nation’s annual electricity need; it just remains a matter of harnessing and utilizing these resources through advanced technology. Both an expansion of current technology deployment and emerging technology research will enable increased access to the Nation’s renewable energy potential.

Emerging Technologies

Emerging renewable energy technologies are being made possible by two-way communications technologies, control systems, and computer processing. Advanced emerging renewable technology categories include


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Renewables Test Bed Facilities

Advanced Light Source (ALS)

Location: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Molecular Foundry

Location: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

FLEXLAB® for Buildings, Renewables and Grid Microreactor

Location: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Renewables and Microgrid Testbed

Location: Idaho National Lab

Center for Nanoscale Materials

Location: Argonne National Lab

Materials Engineering Research Facility

Location: Argonne National Lab

Fuel Cell Electrolyser Research and Test Facility

Location: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Harvard Center for Nanoscale Systems

Location: Harvard University

MIT Materials Research and Science Engineering Center (MRSEC) Center for Nanoscale Systems

Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT.nano

Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF)

Location: Argonne National Lab

Leading Renewables Innovation

 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is the domain chair for Renewables in the Cradle to Commerce program. 

LBNL is a multi-program lab where research in advanced materials, life sciences, energy efficiency, and accelerators serves the United States’ needs in technology and the environment. Berkeley Lab’s six research areas contribute unique expertise that supports the DOE’s mission, advances scientific understanding, and addresses the most urgent challenges of our time: biosciences, computing sciences, earth and environmental sciences, energy sciences, energy technology, and physical sciences.

Domain Chair

Galen Barbose

Research Scientist,  Electricity Markets and Policy Department, Berkeley Lab

Domain Chair

Doug Black

Grid Integration Group Leader,

Berkeley Lab

Technology Transfer and Business Lead

Shanshan Li

Principal Technology Commercialization Associate, 

Berkeley Lab

DOE Technical Program Manager

Robert Meagley

Technology Manager, Manufacturing and Competitiveness team Solar Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy