NSF awards Univ. of Maryland and Genovation $438K to develop novel hybrid energy storage system for EVs

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The National Science Foundation has selected a project by researchers at the University of Maryland and their partners from Genovation Cars ( earlier post ) for a $438,418 GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) award to develop a novel hybrid energy storage system for electric vehicles. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, with Steven Rogers, president and CTO of Genovation Cars.

NASA selects Amprius and U Maryland for two new battery projects; silicon anode and Li-S

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NASA’s Game Changing Development (GCD) program has selected two proposals for Phase II awards targeted toward developing new energy storage technologies to replace the battery systems currently used by America’s space program. The development of high-energy storage devices will reduce the mass required to store electrical power in space and better enable the agency’s future robotic and human exploration missions.

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NASA selects proposals for advanced energy storage systems for future space missions: silicon-anode Li-ion and Li-S

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NASA has selected four proposals for advanced Li-ion and Li-sulfur energy storage technologies that may be used to power the agencys future space missions. Managed by the Game Changing Development Program within NASAs Space Technology Mission Directorate, the four selected technology proposals are: Silicon Anode Based Cells for High Specific Energy Systems, submitted by Amprius, Inc, in Sunnyvale, California ( earlier post ).

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University of Maryland team creates solid-state Li-ion battery out of one material

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Credit: Maryland NanoCenter Click to enlarge. Engineers at the University of Maryland have created a solid-state Li-ion battery that is made entirely out of one material. Chunsheng Wang, a professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and his team have made a single material that incorporates the properties of both electrodes (cathode and anode) and electrolyte. This means that more energy can be stored in our battery.

Meeting future electrochemical energy storage requirements with heterogeneous nanostructured electrode materials

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Researchers at the University of Maryland, led by Dr. Sang Bok Lee, have published a review of advanced heterogeneous nanostructured materials for use in future electrochemical energy storage systems in the RSC journal Chemical Communications. high energy density, high conductivity, and excellent mechanical stability).we Ran Liu, Jonathon Duay and Sang Bok Lee (2010) Heterogeneous nanostructured electrode materials for electrochemical energy storage.

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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. Innovative fabrication methods can also lead to significant energy storage system improvements.

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Univ. of Maryland team develops promising sodium-ion cathode material: FePO4/nanotube composite

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Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a nanocomposite material of amorphous, porous FePO 4 nanoparticles electrically wired by single-wall carbon nanotubes as a potential cathode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). Recently, sodium ion batteries (SIBs) have drawn increasing attention from researchers, despite the fact that lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are still the predominant power source for home electronics and for future large-scale energy storage devices.

Univ. of Maryland team develops tin-film on wood fiber anode for Na-ion batteries; targeting grid storage

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A team at the University of Maryland has demonstrated that a material consisting of a thin tin (Sn) film deposited on a hierarchical conductive wood fiber substrate is an effective anode for a sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery, and addresses some of the limitations of other Na-ion anodes such as capacity fade due to pulverization. Grid scale storage requires a low cost, safe, and environmentally benign battery system. Electrochemical performance of the Sn anodes. (a)

DOE awarding $33M for carbon-neutral hybrid electric aviation

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The US Department of Energy announced $33 million in funding for 17 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) and Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) programs. Both programs work to decrease energy usage and associated carbon emissions for commercial aircraft propulsion systems. University of Maryland.

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DOE announces $139M in funding for 55 projects to advance innovative vehicle technologies

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US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced $139 million in federal funding for 55 projects across the country that will support new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies (DE-FOA-0002197, earlier post ). Funded through the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), projects will conduct research in advanced batteries, electrification, and manufacturing in support of DOE’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge.

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Air Force tests all plug-in vehicle fleet in California; part of large DoD V2G project

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The 42-vehicle fleet marks a milestone in partnership between federal, state and private energy organizations, as well as in DoD’s demonstration of emerging vehicle-to-grid technology. California energy providers and regulators worked closely with the Air Force on safety and performance testing as well as technical and regulatory aspects of launching the vehicles. A fleet of plug-in electric vehicles sits ready to roll at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. (US

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Solar Grid Storage selects AllCell as preferred Li-ion battery system supplier

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Solar Grid Storage selected AllCell Technologies as a preferred supplier of large lithium-ion battery systems for their PowerFactor solar + storage systems. The Solar Grid Storage PowerFactor™ system provides commercial solar project developers with a turnkey energy storage solution bundled with an inverter, reducing project costs.

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ARPA-E awarding $36M to 22 projects in RANGE program for transformative EV storage

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) will award approximately $36 million to 22 projects to develop transformational electric vehicle (EV) energy storage systems using innovative chemistries, architectures and designs. The University of Houston (UH) will develop a battery using a novel water-based, lithium-ion chemistry that makes use of sustainable, low-cost, high-energy, organic materials.

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Expanded graphite as a superior anode for sodium-ion batteries

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Researchers at the University of Maryland, with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago, report on a new method for expanding graphite for use as a superior anode for sodium-ion batteries in a paper in Nature Communications. To address that problem, the University of Maryland team developed a way to expand the graphite material—i.e., Schematic illustration of sodium storage in expanded graphite-based materials.

Maxwell supplying ultracaps to ABB for hybrid version of Philadelphia rail energy recuperation system

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ABB will install a hybrid version of its high-efficiency ENVILINE wayside energy recovery and storage system for the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s (SEPTA) light rail system serving the greater Philadelphia area. When decelerating or braking, a traction vehicle (train, tram or trolleybus) is feeding the regenerated braking energy back into the DC power network. —Jacques Poulin, ABB’s product manager for energy storage and rail.

DOE awards $100M in 2nd funding round for 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $100 million in the second round of funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs); research supported by this initiative will enable fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use. Twenty-three of the projects receiving funding are headed by universities, eight are led by the Energy Department’s National Laboratories and one project is run by a non-profit organization.

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UMD team develops new high-performance solid-state ion-conducting membrane for Li batteries

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Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a novel, flexible, solid-state, ion-conducting membrane based on a 3D ion-conducting ceramic nanofiber network. The all-solid ion-conducting membrane can be applied to flexible Li-ion batteries and other electrochemical energy storage systems, such as lithium–sulfur batteries.

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New Electrostatic Nanocapacitors Offer High Power and High Energy Density

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Researchers from the University of Maryland and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have used atomic layer deposition (ALD) to fabricate arrays of metal–insulator–metal (MIM) nanocapacitors in anodic aluminium oxide nanopores that can produce viable energy storage systems offering the high power of electrostatic capacitors combined with the energy capacity of supercapacitors. SEM cross-sections of MIM nanocapacitors. (a)

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JCESR team identifies new mechanism hampering Mg-ion batteries; unforeseen reactivity

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Now, a research team at the US Department of Energy’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, led by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has discovered a set of chemical reactions involving magnesium that degrade battery performance even before the battery can be charged up. The efforts were supported by millions of hours’ worth of computing power at the Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.

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NREL-led team overcomes major technical obstacle in Mg-metal batteries by developing artificial solid-electrolyte interphase

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Further, in Mg batteries (MB) the anode is energy-dense Mg metal (~?3,830 1 )—surpassing the theoretical volumetric energy density of graphite anodes (~?700?Ah? Now, researchers at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and their colleagues have discovered a new approach for developing a rechargeable non-aqueous magnesium-metal battery. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

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UMD/USARL team develops “water-in-salt” electrolyte enabling high-voltage aqueous Li-ion chemistries

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A team of researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) and the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have devised a groundbreaking highly concentrated “Water-in-Salt” electrolyte that could provide power, efficiency and longevity comparable to today’s Lithium-ion batteries, but without the fire risk, poisonous chemicals and environmental hazards of current lithium batteries.

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ARPA-E announces $98M in funding for 40 OPEN projects; two opposed-piston engines projects receive $10M total

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The US Department of Energy announced $98 million in funding for 40 new projects as part of OPEN 2018, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) latest open funding opportunity. OPEN solicitations are an open call to scientists and engineers for transformational technologies across the entire scope of ARPA-E’s energy mission. Ionic Materials will develop a more energy dense (by volume and mass) rechargeable battery based on an aluminum-alkaline chemistry.

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Laser-burned graphene could replace platinum as fuel cell catalyst

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Graphene is a unique material that has been widely investigated and found to have broad applications in fields such as energy storage, electronics, and electrocatalysis. Rice graduate student Ruquan Ye and Rice alumnus Zhiwei Peng, now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, are lead authors of the paper.

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NIST Awards $123M in 12 Recovery Act Grants for New Research Facilities; Univ. of Ky CAER to Expand Capacitor and Battery Manufacturing Research with its $11.8M Award

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With ultimate research targets ranging from off-shore wind power and coral reef ecology to electrochemical energy storage, quantum physics and nanotechnology, the 12 projects will launch more than $250 million in new laboratory construction projects beginning early this year. Established 30 years ago, the CAER is a multidisciplinary research center focusing on energy related industries particularly important to the state of Kentucky although the research has broad application.

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ARPA-E awarding $60M to 23 projects; dry cooling and fusion power

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The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will award $60 million in funding to 23 new projects aimed at creating highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants and developing prototype technologies to explore new pathways for fusion power. The technology is designed to reflect solar energy while allowing the thermal energy in the discharge water to radiate to the cold sky. University of Maryland.

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Atomic Layer Deposition process for highly conductive LiPON for solid-state batteries

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Researchers at the University of Maryland have demonstrated the first reported atomic layer deposition (ALD) process for the solid lithium electrolyte lithium phosphorous oxynitride (LiPON). Moving from planar layer structures to high aspect ratio 3D electrode structures holds promise for significant power enhancement without much loss of energy density, or alternatively a tunable optimization and trade-off between power and energy to fit the application.

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Researchers visualize lithiation of magnetite electrode in real time; hunting for new Li-ion electrode materials

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A team of scientists from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland, College Park, has developed an electron microscopy technique to visualize—in real time and at high resolution—lithiation pathways in electrode materials. So both reactions are important when considering the total lithium insertion capacity of a battery and, hence, its overall energy storage rate.

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3 winners of DOE’s “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” Challenge: hydrogen-assisted lean-burn engines, graphene for Li-air and -sulfur batteries, and titanium process

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US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced three winning startup companies—based on a public vote and an expert review—out of the 14 participating in the US Department of Energy (DOE) “ America’s Next Top Energy Innovator ” challenge. Umpqua Energy’s EVOPAC system combines an advanced hydrogen-injection system using a plasma reformer with a DeNOx Catalyst.

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DOE to award more than $55M to 31 projects for plug-in and efficient vehicle technologies; Delphi receives $10M to further GDCI

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding more than $55 million to 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs under a program-wide funding opportunity announced in January. (DE-FOA-0000991, Through the Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Alliance with the Energy Department, the Department of the Army is contributing an additional $3.7 University of Maryland.

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DOE Awards $377 Million in Funding for 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the delivery of $377 million in funding for 46 new multi-million-dollar Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) ( earlier post ) located at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations, and private firms across the nation. The mission of the EFRCs is to accelerate the rate of scientific breakthroughs needed to create advanced energy technologies for the 21 st century. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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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 Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 60 research projects for up to a combined $156 million in funding from the Fiscal Year 2011 budget. 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. HEATS: High Energy Advanced Thermal Storage ($37.3

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USDOT awarding $55M to support purchase of Low-No buses; electric buses and infrastructure

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Eligible projects included those that replace, rehabilitate, lease, and purchase buses and related equipment as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, construct or lease bus-related facilities, such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance. Juneau, the Capital City of Alaska, has a clean, renewable source of energy, local hydropower. Project partners are MidAmerican Energy and Proterra. Montgomery County, Maryland.

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US DOT Awards $100M in Recovery Act Funds to 43 Transit Projects to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding $100 million in Economic Recovery Act funding to 43 transit agencies for projects to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from both vehicles and facilities. Selection criteria included a project’s ability to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and also to provide a return on the investment. The primary use of electrical energy by GLPTC is by its garage and maintenance facilities.

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Proposed Federal CEDA Designed to Help Risky Breakthrough Technologies Cross the Valley of Death; Working with $10+ Billion Fund

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Green Car Congress recently attended the Renewable Energy Finance Forum - Wall Street ( REFF- Wall Street ) conference sponsored by Euromoney Energy Events and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). In March of 2009, Chris Van Hollen (Democrat-Maryland) introduced legislation for the Green Bank which shared many characteristics with CEDA. 949 was referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources 30 April 2009. by Bill Cooke.

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US DOE Awards $37 Million for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Development

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 27 projects for more than $37 million in funding to accelerate the technological and commercial readiness of emerging marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies, which seek to generate renewable electricity from oceans and free-flowing rivers and streams. Ocean waves, tides, currents, thermal gradients, and free-flowing rivers represent a promising energy source located close to centers of electricity demand. Free Flow Energy, Inc.