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Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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In a paper in Nature , they suggest that the use of such redox-active organic molecules instead of redox-active metals represents a new and promising direction for realizing massive electrical energy storage at greatly reduced cost. Commercialization. Cell schematic.

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New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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Yi Cui has developed nanoparticle copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) battery cathode materials that demonstrate long cycle life and high power for use in grid storage applications. Short-term transients, including those related to wind and solar sources, present challenges to the electrical grid. Stationary energy storage systems that can operate for many cycles, at high power, with high round-trip energy efficiency, and at low cost are required.

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Low-cost N-doped interlayer derived from loofah sponge enables high-performance Li-S, Li-Se and LiI2 batteries

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Researchers from Griffith University in Australia and Peking University in China have synthesized low-cost, hierarchically porous, and nitrogen-doped loofah sponge carbon (N-LSC) derived from the loofah sponge via a simple calcining process and applied it as a multifunctional blocking layer for Li–S, Li–Se, and Li–I 2 batteries. The LS biomass material is widely used as food and cleaning tools because of its soft but resilient fibers and low cost in China and Southeast Asia.

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DOE selects 15 projects for $32M to advance lower-cost fusion concepts; ARPA-E BETHE

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These projects will work to develop timely, commercially viable fusion energy, with the goal to increase the number and performance levels of lower-cost fusion concepts. Commercial fusion technology has long been viewed as an ideal energy source.

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Eos Energy Storage introduces grid-scale battery system at $160/kWh

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Eos Energy Storage announced the commercial availability of its MW-scale Aurora system for deliveries starting in 2016. Eos’s grid-scale product is designed to reliably integrate renewable energy, improve grid efficiency and resiliency, and reduce costs for utilities and consumers.

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DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The new TCF selections will expand DOE’s efforts to catalyze the commercial impact of the Department’s portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities. “DUSST”: NREL’s Low Maintenance Soiling Station, $50,000 Atonometrics Inc.,

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ARPA-E awards $35M to 12 new projects to support medium-voltage devices for grid, industry and transportation

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The US Department of Energy announced $35 million in awards for 12 projects that find new ways to harness medium-voltage electricity for applications in industry, transportation, on the grid and beyond. The four Kilovolt Devices OPEN+ projects will focus on a variety of challenges facing power electronics in the medium-voltage space, with a particular eye toward grid security and reliability. GE Global Research, Inline Gas Discharge Tube Breaker for Meshed MVDC Grids – $4,350,686.

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Lomiko Metals investing in startup commercializing graphene supercapacitor technology

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Graphene ESD has been formed to commercialize the technology and bring the graphene-based energy storage devices to market. intends to develop low-cost graphene-based supercapacitor devices that will be capable of even higher discharge currents. The development will focus on large-scale devices that are projected to have the lowest cost of power and stored energy in its class. Lomiko Metals Inc.,

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ARPA-E awards $43M to 19 energy storage projects to advance electric vehicle and grid technologies

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These projects are supported through two new ARPA-E programs—Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)—and will focus on innovations in battery management and storage to advance electric vehicle technologies, help improve the efficiency and reliability of the electrical grid and provide important energy security benefits to US armed forces. measurement capabilities and lowering the cost of electric.

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CEC awards Eos Energy Storage $2.1M to demo AC-integrated zinc hybrid-cathode battery technology for grid storage

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million to Eos Energy Storage, LLC to demonstrate an AC-integrated system incorporating the company’s zinc hybrid-cathode battery technology (“Zynth”) to enhance renewable energy generation and provide grid-scale, multi-hour energy storage. Znyth battery technology uses a safe aqueous electrolyte and a novel zinc-hybrid cathode to enable extremely low-cost electricity storage and long life. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $2.1

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NETL investigating researching chemistries for large-scale battery- and supercapacitor-based grid energy storage systems

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The US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is conducting research on alternative options to reduce costs and make large-scale energy storage safer and more practical. The goal is to develop energy storage systems with high-energy density to meet the ever-demand for the electric grid to provide reliable, distributed power. High-energy density magnesium batteries for smart electrical grids. Batteries Power Generation Smart Grid

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New Lithium rechargeable semi-solid flow cell offers energy densities an order of magnitude greater than previous flow batteries; possible applications in transportation and grid-scale storage

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In August 2010, A123 spun out 24M to commercialize this type of new technology. The reduced energy density, along with higher cost, result because the high-energy-storage compounds are diluted by inactive and costly components necessary to extract power (e.g.,

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Report: Sumitomo to begin selling fuel cells for commercial vehicles with US Hybrid

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the giant Japanese integrated trading company, will start selling fuel cells for commercial vehicles via a partnership with California-based US Hybrid. Sumitomo, which is strengthening its automobile business and expects growth in the fuel cell market, plans to supply mostly Japanese commercial vehicle makers, according to the report. Upon project completion, the team will be able to make recommendations on the marketability and commercial viability of the FCeNV200.

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DOE awards nearly $7M to 4 projects to reduce costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50% over next 3 years

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding nearly $7 million in research and development funding to four projects to reduce the current costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50% over the next three years. This research will also promote smart charging capabilities that can help ensure electric vehicles enhance, rather than strain, existing electrical grid capacity.

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Cal Energy Commission awards $1.5M to Berkeley to advance open-source advanced smart charging technology; OpenVBOSS

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million to develop an advanced smart charging technology that maintains plug-in electric vehicle consumer needs while reducing charging loads, to achieve electricity grid benefits. The project will focus on controlling the charging of PEVs in residential and small commercial settings using a novel and flexible open-source, open-software architecture charge communication and control platform. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

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MIT team calls initial performance results of magnesium-antimony liquid metal battery “promising”

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Sadoway and Bradwell, along with Dr. Luis Ortiz, are also founders of Liquid Metal Battery Corporation (LMBC), a Cambridge, Massachusetts company founded in 2010 to develop new forms of electric storage batteries that work in large, grid-scale applications.

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Ionova Technologies says ZIP-Cap ultracapacitors can offer 5x increase in energy density and 25x reduction in build cost (updated with graphic)

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reports that its zinc-ion-based ZIP-Cap asymmetric ultracapacitor is expected to provide a 25-fold reduction in build cost and a 5-fold increase in energy density (up to 35Wh/L) without the ultra-pure materials or expensive “dry-room” facilities that are necessary to build today’s ultracapacitors.

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Ford unveils first vehicle to grid communication system

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An intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that “talks” directly with the nation’s electric grid has been unveiled today courtesy of carmaker, Ford. This vehicle-to-grid communication technology is an important step in the journey toward the widespread commercialization of electric vehicles.”. when electricity rates are cheaper, or when the grid is using only renewable energy such as wind or solar power. “We

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ITM Power reports completion of HydroGEN alkaline electrolyzer project; prototype stack 43% the cost of its PEM counterpart

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This material, together with the low-cost catalysts and injection moulded components developed, offer a prototype stack costing 43% of its PEM counterpart. The HydroGEN project focused on the realization of electrolyzer cost reduction through advances in materials technology and system simplification. The important achievements realized within the project include: A low-cost alkaline membrane based on ITM Power’s suite of hydrocarbon polymers.

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Ionova Technologies says ZIP-Cap ultracapacitors can offer 5x increase in energy density and 25x reduction in build cost (updated with graphic)

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reports that its zinc-ion-based ZIP-Cap asymmetric ultracapacitor is expected to provide a 25-fold reduction in build cost and a 5-fold increase in energy density (up to 35Wh/L) without the ultra-pure materials or expensive “dry-room” facilities that are necessary to build today’s ultracapacitors.

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NYSERDA Commits $8M to Develop and Commercialize 19 New York Battery and Energy-Storage Technology Projects

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will award $8 million to help develop or commercialize 19 advanced energy storage projects. The awards are being made to companies and universities across New York that are involved in advanced research and development of energy storage applications that could benefit transportation, utility Smart Grid applications, renewable energy technologies, and other industries.

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Automotive Partnership Canada awarding nearly $19M to 6 new projects; lightweight materials, lower-cost fuel cells and Li-ion batteries

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Automotive Partnership Canada (APC)—a 5-year, $145-million initiative launched in 2009—is awarding nearly $19 million to six new projects to advance R&D in Canada’s automotive industry by supporting new technologies that will lower the cost of PEM fuel cells by reducing platinum loading, provide lighter material alternatives for cars, and significantly enhance battery efficiency for vehicles. The newly funded projects are: Low Platinum PEM Fuel Cells.

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Rechargeable membrane-less hydrogen bromine flow battery shows high power density

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That is about three times as much power per square centimeter as other membrane-less system—a power density that is an order of magnitude higher than that of many lithium-ion batteries and other commercial and experimental energy-storage systems. Low-cost energy storage remains a critical unmet need for a wide range of applications, including grid scale frequency regulation, load following, contingency reserves and peak shaving, as well as portable power systems.

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Univ. of Texas researchers propose lithium- or sodium-water batteries as next generation of high-capacity battery technology; applicable for EVs and grid storage

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The possibility of a flow-through mode for the cathode allows flexibility of the cell design for safe, large-capacity electrical-energy storage at an acceptable cost, they conclude. V between the charge and discharge curves represents a low Coulombic efficiency (CE), even when expensive catalysts have been used to lower the overpotential of the oxygen reactions. low cost. His technology was used in the first commercial Li-ion battery, launched by SONY in 1991.

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ARPA-E to award up to $30M for fusion energy R&D

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BETHE projects will support the development of timely, commercially viable fusion energy, aiming to increase the number and performance levels of lower-cost fusion concepts. Controlled fusion has long been viewed as an ideal energy source, given its potential for the generation of energy that is safe, clean and abundant, but the technology’s development has been hindered by technical challenges and costs.

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DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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The new ARPA-E selections focus on accelerating innovations in clean technology while increasing US competitiveness in rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics. High Performance, Low Cost Superconducting Wires and Coils. for High Power Wind Generators The University of Houston will develop a new, low-cost. yield a several-fold reduction in wire costs, making. lifetime and low cost.

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Envia Systems announcement may herald the first wave of DOE-supported commercial high energy density Li-ion cells with Si-C anodes

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While Envia Systems is the first integrated cell producer to announce success with that type of combination, other providers of Si-C materials or IP—such as, but not limited to, Nanosys and the DOE’s own Argonne National Laboratory, respectively—are also currently deep in the process of development and/or commercialization. high capacity, increased safety and low cost. The approach is mundane and cost-efficient, he said, not exotic.

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MGX Minerals partners with University of British Columbia to develop metallurgical silicon-based anodes for high-energy Li-ion batteries

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is funding a research consortium with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to develop a low-cost and scalable method for fabricating silicon-based anodes to improve the energy density of Li-ion batteries. Canada-based MGX Minerals Inc.

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Electrochemical energy storage startup SPARKZ licenses ORNL cobalt-free battery tech

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The advancement is aimed at accelerating the production of electric vehicles and energy storage solutions for the power grid. Cobalt is a rare, costly and difficult-to-access metal that increases the performance but reduces the safety of lithium-ion batteries found in consumer electronics, such as mobile devices, and in electric vehicles, or EVs. However, because cobalt is costly and mined overseas, finding alternative materials has become a top priority.

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DOE announces $64M for research into future coal power plants

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $64 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects under the funding opportunity announcement ( DE-FOA-0002057 ), “Critical Components for Coal FIRST Power Plants of the Future.”. DOE’s Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, Transformative) initiative is intended to develop the coal plant of the future needed to provide secure and reliable power to the US grid.

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DOE seeking input on H2@scale: hydrogen as centerpiece of future energy system; 50% reduction in energy GHGs by 2050

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commercial viability of fuel cell vehicle technology has been demonstrated (commercial vehicles being sold). Integration of Hydrogen Production with the Electricity Grid, and with Storage and Pipeline Infrastructure.

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Argonne team develops new electrolyte mixtures that stabilize silicon anodes during cycling; MESA

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For decades, scientists have been hunting for new electrode materials and electrolytes that can produce a new generation of lithium-ion batteries offering much greater energy storage while lasting longer, costing less and being safer.

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OKI develops Japans first 920MHz band wireless multi-hop communication system for smart communities, smart houses and smart meters

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Fewer base stations are required, reducing overall system setup costs. This configuration also makes it possible to provide low-cost temporary networks after disasters. Wireless multi-hop communications are subject to network instability due to the lack of relay routes in configurations with a low density of installed wireless devices—for example, on the initial rollout of smart meters or smart house applications.

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ARPA-E to award $27M for advanced nuclear reactor systems operational technology: GEMINA

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GEMINA’s goal is to reduce fixed operations and maintenance (O&M) costs from ~13 $/MWh in the current fleet to ~2 $/MWh in the advanced fleet. These projects will work to develop digital twin technology to reduce O&M costs in the next generation of nuclear power plants.

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Bosch boosts stake in SOFC expert Ceres Power to around 18%; possible expansion into SO electrolysis

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This enabled Bosch to start initial low-volume production of pilot fuel-cell systems in autumn 2019 in Germany. Its strategy is to commercialize its technology through licensing for mass production with partners, and to use this technology for grid-based and distributed power generation.

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Volkswagen Group sets up new group company for energy and charging: Elli

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The low-cost 11 kW AC Wallbox is suitable for overnight charging, a procedure that protects the battery. As not all electric cars will be charged at the same time, the burden on the power grid will be reduced at the same time as optimizing energy costs for household use and mobility.

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BIRD Energy to invest $6.4M in Israel-US projects; biomass, fuel cells, natural gas, water-energy nexus and energy efficiency technologies

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million, which includes $9 million of cost share from the companies selected for funding. Selected projects address energy challenges and opportunities that are of interest to both countries and focus on commercializing clean energy technologies that improve economic competitiveness, create jobs and support innovative companies. Santa Clara, CA), will develop an efficient power supply for grid connected electronic devices.

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XG Sciences lands SBIR/STTR award to develop Si/graphene anodes for Li-ion batteries for EVs

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XG Sciences’ Silicon-graphene nanocomposite anode materials have demonstrated significant increases in energy storage capacity over traditional graphite and are manufactured with a commercially-proven, low-cost process using widely-available and economical starting materials.

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ABB adds 20 kW Combined Charging System (CCS) fast charger to EVSE portfolio

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The Terra 23 is designed for areas where EV drivers plan to stay 30-60 minutes, such as retail locations, commercial office environments and EV auto dealerships. Its 20 kW design allows for quick and easy installation on widely available 3 x 32A low-cost grid connections.

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Faraday Institution to award up to £55M to five consortia for energy storage research

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The ultimate aim of the research is to facilitate improvements in batteries used for transport and other applications such as grid storage with improved performance and cost characteristics. The projects, which are expected to run over four years, address battery challenges faced by industry and leverage the UK’s research capabilities to advance scientific knowledge with the aim of commercializing new battery technologies and processes.

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ARPA-E awards $37M for IONICS projects; improving solid-state batteries and fuel cells

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By creating high performance parts built with solid ion conductors—solids in which ions can be mobile and store energy—the IONICS program will focus on new ways to process and integrate these parts into devices with the goal of accelerating their commercial deployment. In particular, IONICS projects will work to improve energy storage and conversion technologies in three categories: transportation batteries, grid-level storage, and fuel cells.

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Stanford team develops ultra-fast aluminum-ion battery with stability over thousands of cycles

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In addition to powering small electronic devices, Al-ion batteries could be used to store renewable energy on the electrical grid, Dai said. Aluminum has long been an attractive material for batteries, mainly because of its low cost, low flammability and high-charge storage capacity.

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DOE issues Notice of Intent for 2020 advanced vehicle technology research

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Low-cost electric traction drive systems using no heavy rare earth materials. The objective of this potential area of interest is to research, develop, and test a heavy rare earth mineral free advanced motor and inverter drive system that costs ?$7/kW Platinum group metals content reduction to enable cost-effective aftertreatment for gasoline and diesel engines.

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