The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has appointed electrochemical systems engineer Robert Kostecki as head of its energy storage division.
Kostecki was named as director of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources (ESDR) Division in the Energy Technologies Area (ETA) at Berkley Laboratory.
His research has previously focused on performance fundamentals of electrochemical energy storage, conversion systems, and water treatment technologies. He has worked with Berkeley Lab in visioning its water-energy nexus concept.
Berkeley Lab’s ESDR division conducts research and develops technologies that provide the power grid with storage capability for energy generated from renewable sources, monitoring and response technologies for the “smart grid,” and technologies for improved electricity distribution reliability.
Kostecki is vice president of the International Society of Electrochemistry.
Ravi Prasher, Berkeley Lab’s associate laboratory director of Energy Technologies, said: “Robert’s formidable experience of over 24 years at Berkeley Lab provides him with the management skills, a strong technical foundation in conducting innovative research, and the ability to develop strong scientific visions, which position him well to lead the ESDR Division.”