It's enormously expensive to transport water across vast distances, but efficient desalination processes could help.Deposit Photos

To Solve Global Water Scarcity, We Need to Get More Serious about Desalination

Dec 30, 2019

 Lab’s Peter Fiske featured in PopSci desalination story. <read more>



Scientists Pull Water Out of Thin Air

13 Apr 2017

Taking a page out of science fiction playbooks, Berkeley Lab’s Dr. Omar Yaghi and colleagues have demonstrated a breakthrough MOF technology capable of generating water out of dry air using the power of the sun. The researchers describe their solar-powered harvester in the April 14 issue of the journal Science.

Glowing Crystals Can Detect, Cleanse Contaminated Drinking Water

29 Nov 2016

Tiny, glowing crystals designed to detect and capture heavy-metal toxins such as lead and mercury could prove to be a powerful new tool in locating and cleaning up contaminated water sources.

Water-Energy Nexus New Focus of Berkeley Lab Research

23 May 2016

Billions of gallons of water are used each day in the United States for energy production—for hydroelectric power generation, thermoelectric plant cooling, and countless other industrial processes, including oil and gas mining. This interdependence of water and energy is the focus of a major new research effort at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

Berkeley Lab Water Conservation Efforts Pay Off in Unexpected Ways

18 Nov 2015

With California in an extreme drought, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) started a number of water conservation efforts two years ago.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Moonlight in “Cleanweb” Sector

8 Jul 2014

By day scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are researching ways to better tackle our country’s energy and environmental challenges.

NEWS CENTER Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water to Berkeley Lab’s Ashok Gadgil

9 Oct 2012

A team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab)’s Ashok Gadgil is the recipient of the 5th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water.