LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has licensed a low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing process developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The agreement will make Oak Ridge-based LeMond Composites the first company to offer carbon fiber produced by the process to the transportation, renewable energy, and infrastructure markets.

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NREL plant-based epoxy enables recyclable carbon fiber; more cost-effective, lower GHG footprint

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Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have shown that making carbon fiber composites with bio-based epoxies and an anhydride hardener makes the material fully recyclable by introducing linkages that are more easily degraded. The recycling process—called methanolysis—can be selectively triggered at room temperature without degrading the quality or orientation of the fibers.


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LeMond Carbon obtains independent verification of its carbon fiber rapid oxidation technology

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LeMond Carbon announced the results of an independent technical audit conducted by Bureau Veritas (BV) of its carbon fiber manufacturing process. The audit was conducted on a pilot line at Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus facility in Geelong, Australia.

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New IACMI collaboration to develop advanced carbon fiber for hydrogen, natural gas storage tanks; $2.7M DOE award

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million from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and validate technology that will reduce the cost of manufacturing high-performance carbon fiber by 25% to make composite natural gas or hydrogen fuel tanks to power cars and trucks. Fuel tanks add significantly to a vehicle’s cost, impeding the use of these clean fuels in US transportation. Well over half of the composite fuel tank’s cost is attributed to carbon fiber used in its manufacture.

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U Kentucky CAER receives $1M for carbon fiber research

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Department of Energy (DOE) grant to continue their research in developing low-cost, high-strength carbon fiber. The center’s Carbon Materials Technologies Group received the award for a project titled “Precursor Processing Development for Low Cost, High Strength Carbon Fiber for Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel Applications.” The center is home to the largest carbon fiber spinline at any university in North America.

NASA to fly payload with SpinLaunch’s mass accelerator to test low-cost, high-cadence kinetic launch system

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Ultimately, SpinLaunch’s Orbital Accelerator will accelerate a launch vehicle containing a satellite up to 5,000 miles per hour using a rotating carbon-fiber-arm within a 300-ft diameter steel vacuum chamber.

Canadian startup launches INDIEGOGO funding campaign for low-cost electric self-charging solar tricycle produced in Pakistan

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The team projects that the high-efficiency vehicle will have a a minimum unit cost of only $1,400 to produce—the price of an average mountain bike—once the funding goal is reached.

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Ford collaborating with DowAksa on automotive-grade carbon fiber, part of IACMI

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Ford and DowAksa are accelerating joint research to develop high-volume manufacturing techniques for automotive-grade carbon fiber, aiming to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability. —is to overcome the high cost and limited availability of carbon fiber, while developing a viable, high-volume manufacturing process.

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ORNL seeking US manufacturers to license new carbon fiber process; reduces cost up to 50% and energy up to 60%

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a production method they estimate will reduce the cost of carbon fiber as much as 50% and the energy used in its production by more than 60%. The analysis revealed the new process yields significant reductions in materials, capital and labor costs resulting in an overall manufacturing cost reduction of up to 50%.

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ORNL exclusively licenses plasma processing technology for carbon fiber production to RMX Technologies; 75% less energy, 20% lower cost

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RMX Technologies and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an exclusive licensing agreement for a new technology that significantly reduces the time and energy needed in the production of carbon fiber. Combing these benefits with a low-cost precursor currently in development, the result can be a carbon fiber product that is 40% less expensive to manufacture than current commercial products.

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Researchers suggest hybrid graphene oxide/cellulose microfibers could supersede carbon fibers

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Researchers from Nanjing Forestry University and the University of Maryland have designed high-performance microfibers by hybridizing two-dimensional (2D) graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and one-dimensional (1D) nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) fibers. The resulting well-aligned, strong microfibers have the potential to supersede carbon fibers due to their low cost, the team suggests in an open access paper published in the journal NPG Asia Materials.

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GWU team develops low-cost, high-yield one-pot synthesis of carbon nanofibers from atmospheric CO2

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A team led by Dr. Stuart Licht at The George Washington University in Washington, DC has developed a low-cost, high-yield and scalable process for the electrolytic conversion of atmospheric CO 2 dissolved in molten carbonates into carbon nanofibers (CNFs.) The “production of CNFs by electrolysis in molten lithium carbonate is impossible” according to a prior report in the literature. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Materials

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DOE awards $54M to 13 projects for transformational manufacturing technologies and materials; top two awards go to carbon fiber materials and electrodes for next-gen batteries

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded more than $54 million—leveraging approximately an additional $17 million in cost share from the private sector—for 13 projects to advance transformational technologies and materials that can help manufacturers significantly increase the energy efficiency of their operations and reduce costs. The projects selected for awards include: The Dow Chemical Company, Scale-Up of Novel Low-Cost Carbon Fibers.

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DOE To Award $104.7M to Establish Research and Testing Facilities for Carbon Fiber Manufacturing, Advanced Batteries, and Net-Zero Energy Building Technology

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Specifically, the funding will go toward reducing the production cost of carbon fiber manufacturing, to help in reducing the weight of vehicles; improved efficiency and lower costs for car batteries; and net-zero energy building technologies. million for carbon fiber manufacturing and processing to construct the Carbon Fiber Technology Center. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $104.7

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DOE announces approximately $64M in funding for 18 projects to advance H2@Scale

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The projects will feature collaborations with EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office on manufacturing reliable and affordable electrolyzers and with EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office on developing low-cost, high-strength carbon fiber for hydrogen storage tanks. Other areas of focus include identifying durable and cost-effective fuel cell systems and components for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Carbon Composite Optimization Reducing Tank Cost.

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DOE announces Stage 1 CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Winners

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These conductivity-enhanced materials have the potential to lower the costs and impacts of adding renewables and electric cars to the grid, maximize next-generation energy storage technologies, and support electrification for energy-intensive sectors. The Clean Carbon Conductors team, with members from Rice University and DexMat Co, is designing enhanced-conductivity CNTs by improving fiber quality, alignment, packing density, and by electrochemically doping the CNTs.

Cornell team develops aluminum-anode batteries with up to 10,000 cycles

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Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering, have been exploring the use of low-cost materials to create rechargeable batteries that will make energy storage more affordable. This magnified image shows aluminum deposited on carbon fibers in a battery electrode.

US DOE awarding $7M to 6 projects for advanced hydrogen storage systems for vehicles

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Materia of Pasadena, California will receive $2 million to reduce the cost of compressed hydrogen storage systems. The project will demonstrate a novel resin system that reduces the use of expensive carbon fiber composites for high pressure storage tanks. million to demonstrate a novel high strength glass fiber that is stronger than the carbon fibers used today at half of the cost.

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DOE announces up to $64M to advance H2@Scale in new markets

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Topic areas include: Electrolyzer Manufacturing R&D (up to $15M): Lowering the cost of hydrogen produced from megawatt- and gigawatt-scale electrolyzers by improving large-scale, high-volume electrolyzer manufacturing in the US. Advanced Carbon Fiber for Compressed Gas Storage Tanks (up to $15M): Reducing the cost of hydrogen and natural gas storage tanks by developing low-cost, high-strength carbon fiber and scaling up to industry-relevant scales.

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DOE to award almost $20M to new research and development projects for advanced vehicle technologies

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The funding opportunity seeks projects in four areas of interest that apply to light, medium, and heavy-duty on-road vehicles, energy efficient mobility, and transportation infrastructure systems Battery500 Seedling Projects; Integrated Computational Materials Engineering Predictive Tools for Low-Cost Carbon Fiber; Emission Control Strategies for Advanced Combustion Engines; and Energy Efficient Mobility Research and Development.

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Hyzon Motors to collaborate with Transform Materials on renewable hydrogen production

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Together, Hyzon and Transform Materials will evaluate proposals to develop facilities to produce low-to-negative carbon intensity hydrogen from various forms of methane, prioritizing biogas and renewable natural gas.

DOE to award $15.8M to 30 hydrogen and fuel cell technologies projects

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million for 30 new projects aimed at discovery and development of novel, low-cost materials necessary for hydrogen production and storage and for fuel cells onboard light-duty vehicles. Precursor Development for Low-Cost, High-Strength Carbon Fiber. 3 projects will reduce the cost of onboard hydrogen storage tanks necessary for fuel cell vehicles. High-Performance Ultralow-Cost Non-Precious Metal Catalyst System for AEM Electrolyzer.

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DOE to issue a funding opportunity announcement on H2@Scale new markets

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This potential area would advance large-scale electrolyzer manufacturing in the US, focusing on manufacturing R&D to produce advanced components and systems for multi-megawatt-scale electrolyzers at high production volumes to lower hydrogen production costs.

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DOE selects 3 hydrogen and fuel cell projects for transportation applications for SBIR/STTR awards

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will optimize the cost and performance of composite cylinders for hydrogen storage using a graded construction. Current state-of-the-art hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell electric vehicles are cost prohibitive because of the necessary carbon fiber. This project will seek to reduce the cost of these vessels by 25% by using less expensive fibers in a graded construction of the vessel wall.

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DOE awarding $19.4M to 22 advanced vehicle technologies projects; Mercedes-Benz, GM Li-S battery projects

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million to 22 new cost-shared projects to accelerate the research of advanced battery, lightweight materials, engine emission control technologies, and energy efficient mobility systems (EEMS). Two projects will research, develop, and use integrated computation materials engineering (ICME) techniques to develop low cost carbon fiber from a variety of feedstocks and precursors that can be used to make carbon fiber with less energy and lower cost.

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New stable Fe3O4/C composite material for conversion electrode in solid-state Li-ion batteries

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Fe 3 O 4 , also known as magnetite, is a low cost, environmentally benign metal oxide that can undertake a reversible conversion reaction with Li + ions … which results in a theoretical capacity of 924 mAhg ?1 the use of all-solid-state cell configuration combined with the synthesis of inexpensive oxide like Fe 3 O 4 , easily synthesizable electrolyte and electrospun carbon fibers is very promising for the building of future LiBs with improved cycle-life and safety.

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Diakont part of ARPA-E program REPAIR program for pipelines

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The project is to develop a cost-effective and efficient smart structural coating deposition system and advanced high-end technology tools to inspect and rehabilitate gas distribution pipelines. The team will build on ORNL’s success in developing low-cost carbon-fibers, composites, smart polymer materials, and non-destructive evaluation methods by leveraging expertise of partners on coating deposition and robotic inspection tools for smart repair of gas pipes.

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DOE reports progress on development of hydrogen storage technologies

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For the near-term, the focus is on improving performance and lowering the cost of high-pressure compressed hydrogen storage systems. For light-duty vehicles this means providing a driving range of more than 300 miles (500 km), while meeting packaging, cost, safety, and performance requirements to be competitive with current vehicles. Reducing the cost of high-pressure compressed hydrogen. These results will be used to develop strategies to reduce BOP costs.

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DOE issues $10M incubator FOA for batteries, power electronics, engines, materials, fuels and lubricants

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As described in multiple DOE reports, the main barriers to widespread PEV commercialization are the cost; performance and life; and abuse tolerance of high?energy Specifically: the current cost of high?energy Sample topic areas that might address one or more of these barriers include: Novel cell, module or pack designs that significantly improve the thermal or safety performance, or significantly reduce the weight, volume, and cost of non? cost titanium structures; polymer?metal

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DOE to award up to $12M for applied RD in hydrogen storage technologies

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A non-federal cost share of 20% is required for the projects. This FCT Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0000421) seeks to fund applied hydrogen storage R&D focused on innovative approaches for pressurized and/or low temperature tank cost reduction and new storage materials development, characterization and performance determination efforts to address the challenges of hydrogen storage for stationary, early market, and transportation applications.

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DOE awards nearly $55M to advance fuel efficient vehicle technologies in support of EV Everywhere and SuperTruck

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Sixteen projects are aimed at reducing the cost and improving the performance of key PEV components. This project will develop a low cost, ultra-compact power module using innovative integrated-cooling to increase power density, improve performance, and reduce cost. Body-In-White Joining of Carbon Fiber Composites to Lightweight Metals (Aluminum, Advanced High Strength Steel, or Magnesium) at Prototype Scale for High-Volume Manufacturing.

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DOE awards $17M for vehicle technologies; batteries, PEEM, engines, materials, fuel

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A Commercially Scalable Process for Silicon Anode Prelithiation his project will develop a cost- effective and scalable pre- lithiation process. In-situ grown Metal Oxide Nano-Array Catalysts for Low Temperature Diesel Oxidation This project will develop cost- competitive, stable and efficient nano-array catalysts for automotive diesel oxidation after-treatment at low temperature. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $17.6

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University of Tennessee to head $250M advanced composites manufacturing institute; Ford, Honda and Volkswagen members

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The new Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), announced today by President Obama, will focus on advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites that combine strong fibers with tough plastics to yield materials that are lighter and stronger than steel. IACMI is dedicated to overcoming these barriers by developing low-cost, high-production, energy-efficient manufacturing and recycling processes for composites applications.

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DOE issues FOA for up to $4M for development of advanced H2 storage systems and materials

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These activities are intended to support the FCTO’s goals to: maintain the rapid pace of progress in fuel cells; expand the markets and applications in which hydrogen-powered fuel cells can compete; enable the use of lower-cost hydrogen from diverse and environmentally friendly sources; enable highly efficient hydrogen production; reduce the cost of hydrogen delivery; reduce the costs of hydrogen storage technologies; and.

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Williams Advanced Engineering develops pair of innovative CFRP technologies: 223 and Racetrak

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Known as 223 and Racetrak, these technologies offer comparable performance to existing composites solutions, but with a range of additional benefits, and at a cost that brings them within reach of mainstream applications. Chief among these is cost, with traditional composite production methods involving expensive materials and lengthy process times. The 223 process was conceived as a cost-effective means of creating three dimensional composite structures from a two-dimensional form.

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DOE awards $17M to FY 2014 SBIR Phase II projects; includes Si/graphene anodes, motor windings, exhaust treatments

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By the end of Phase II, Mainstream plans to demonstrate a production-ready prototype that exceeds DOE targets for fuel economy, operating range, and cost. NexTech Materials will use its NO x sensing technology to develop a low-cost device capable of accurately quantifying NO x concentrations in the exhaust stream of diesel passenger cars and heavy duty trucks. Low-Cost, High-Energy Si/Graphene Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries.

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DOE to issue funding opportunity for R&D for hydrogen storage for vehicles, material handling and portable power

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FCTO anticipates that the FOA may include the following Topic Areas: Topic Area 1: Reducing the Cost of Compressed Hydrogen Storage Systems. Topic 1 will focus on the development of complete, low-cost, compressed hydrogen storage systems. This will include, but is not limited to, novel tank designs and cost reduction concepts; carbon fiber reduction or elimination; conformable tank designs; alternative operating conditions (e.g.,

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UK announces $49M for plug-in infrastructure through 2020, $17M for low emission vehicle technology

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In addition, the government announced another £11 million (US$17 million) of funding to support 15 low-emission vehicle research and development projects undertaken by a total of 50 organizations, ranging from small businesses to major universities. Low-emission vehicle R&D. The funded research projects include: The creation of a novel recycled carbon fiber material that will bring lightweight, low cost vehicle chassis structures to the mass market (led by Gordon Murray Design Ltd).

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Kawasaki, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, and Yamaha partner on producing, transporting, and using carbon-neutral fuels, including hydrogen

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jointly announced that, toward the achievement of carbon neutrality, they will take on the challenge of expanding fuel options through the use of internal combustion engines at the (three-hour) Super Taikyu Race in Okayama on 13-14 November. Participating in races using carbon-neutral fuels.

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US DOE awards more than $175M to 40 projects for advanced vehicle research and development

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This project will identify fuel properties that can be used to enable novel combustion strategies with low emissions of nitrogen oxides in an engine, and enhance existing models to capture the effect of additional key fuel properties on combustion. This project will optimize fuel-based control of novel combustion strategies in light- and heavy-duty vehicles to enable diesel-like efficiencies with ultra-low engine-out emissions. Plasan Carbon Composites.

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DOE awards $25M to improve natural gas operations

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Department of Energy (DOE) selected 16 projects to receive nearly $25 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects to advance natural gas infrastructure technology development. These projects aim to develop tools, methods, and technologies to enhance cost-effectively the safety and efficiency of the US’ natural gas production, gathering, storage, and transmission infrastructure. methane and volatile organic compounds), improve operating efficiency, and reduce operating costs.

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DOE announces $30M in funding for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $30 million in available funding ( DE-FOA-0001647 ), subject to appropriations, for research and development of low-cost hydrogen production, onboard hydrogen storage, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells to advance the widespread commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles. Precursor Development for Low-Cost, High-Strength Carbon Fiber for Use in Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel Applications.

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Williams Advanced Engineering showcases Adaptive Multi-Chem battery technology; 223 lightweighting

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Williams Advanced Engineering showcased its latest low-carbon vehicle technologies at Cenex LCV2019 in the UK this week. This unique production process creates an engineered hinge embedded within a single composite preform of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP). 223 enables the creation of 3D structures from 2D materials, opening the potential for manufacture techniques previously constrained by cost or production rate.

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