Breakthrough material technology called wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors can help reduce the amount of wasted heat, boost energy efficiency, improve reliability, reduce cost, and decrease system size in existing and future power electronics.
From unleashing more powerful and energy-efficient laptops, cell phones and motors, to shrinking utility-scale inverters from 8,000 pound substations to the size of a suitcase, wide bandgap semiconductors could be one of the keys to our clean energy future.
Dr. Adam Weber of the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was recently honored for his cutting edge work to help make hydrogen fuel cells and their components more efficient and durable. Dr. Weber talks to us about what inspired him to become a scientist, why he loves Lord of the Rings, and gives some advice to future scientists.
Tiny algae can play a big role in tackling America's energy challenges. Recent scientific breakthroughs and projects, funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, have resulted in a number of advancements that are helping make algal biofuel more cost competitive and widely available.