Learn more about the mission of CABES.

To arrive at a carbon-free energy future, both our technologies, and the infrastructure behind them, must be aligned to that goal. 

An early strategy session at CABES

Who is CABES

We are scientists from different fields working together to advance understanding of how catalysis works at high pH.  CABES has been carefully assembled from University and National Lab professors, scientists, postdoctoral associates, graduate students and partners to include the exact set of skills needed to address these questions.

What is CABES

To better understand how the chemical reactions behind fuel cells, electrolyzer, and metal batteries work, including what makes them not work, requires understanding of that chemistry, physics and materials science at different scales, from atoms to electrodes, and under real operating conditions.  

Understanding reactions behind fuel cells, from atoms to electrodes, under real operating conditions.

Why CABES Matters

Every study that models domestically independent, secure, and sustainable energy system for the United States relies heavily on renewables (to eliminate carbon) and includes hydrogen in one form or other.  Hydrogen is an essential form of storing the electricity from sun and wind and directly transferring that energy to a time when it’s wanted and to other places, like transportation, where it’s needed.  CABES is helping advance the technology of low-cost, highly durable alkaline fuel cells, and related devices,  to enable that future energy system.

Energy and Environment


CABES is a research center supported by the US DOE, Office of Science.  We are responding to needs defined over the course of more than 12 years of study and analysis for advancing the science of energy production and use.


Much of the motivation for these US DOE research centers comes from an understanding of the impact of our energy sector on the environment. More on that topic here.