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DOE to award up to $30 million for critical materials technologies

The US DOE has announced up to $30 million in funding for R&D that focuses on extraction, separation, processing, validation and demonstration technologies for critical materials, including rare earth elements, which are essential to high-strength magnets used in EVs and wind turbines. The DOE is working toward reducing both the costs of critical materials and… Read more »

Tesla’s Model 3 includes V2G capability…or does it?

Lately we’ve been hearing a lot of news about bidirectional charging, which supports vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications and other nifty stuff. In January, Wallbox announced what appears to be the first bidirectional charger for the home market. Fermata Energy has several V2X projects in the works, including a partnership with Nissan. And ORNL recently demonstrated bidirectional… Read more »

DOE to provide $18 million for research on rare earth materials

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $18 million for basic research to ensure the continued availability of rare earth elements. Neodymium, praseodymium, lanthanum and other rare earth materials are widely used in a variety of technological applications, including EV motors and wind turbines. The research will seek breakthroughs that increase the… Read more »

Does Tesla have a game-changing new battery cell in the pipeline?

There’s little dispute that Tesla has a substantial head start in terms of battery tech vis a vis the legacy automakers. Now Electrek has reported that Tesla has a secret project called “Roadrunner” that could soon enable the company to produce much cheaper battery cells on a massive scale. For some time, it’s been apparent… Read more »

DOE offers up to $40 million for battery and electrification research

The Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $133 million for advanced vehicle technologies research, including $40 million for research into batteries and electrification. Those research topics include: Developing Li-ion batteries using silicon-based anodes Low-cost electric traction drive systems using no heavy rare earth materials Utility managed smart charging supporting projects that will demonstrate… Read more »

DOE announces Energy Storage Grand Challenge

The DOE recently launched the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, which will focus on the development of new energy-storage technologies. It’s part of the $158-million Advanced Energy Storage Initiative proposed in the 2020 federal budget’. The aim of the project is to develop a secure domestic manufacturing supply chain that is independent of foreign sources of… Read more »

Does Tesla’s latest patent have to do with its promised million-mile battery?

Last April, Elon Musk announced that a “1 million-mile battery pack” was in the pipeline. As a recent article posted on Forbes points out, today’s typical Li-ion battery packs are more than adequate for individual EV owners, but applications such as taxi services and long-distance trucking will require batteries optimized for longevity (according to writer… Read more »

Magna wins DOE grant to develop cheaper EV motor with 8x more power density

The US DOE has awarded a grant to Canadian parts supplier Magna to develop e-motor technologies for next-generation propulsion systems that are both cheaper and more powerful than today’s technology. The supplier has partnered with the Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Wisconsin-Madison for the initiative. The organizations aim to develop an e-motor that… Read more »

New DOE program to bring promising battery tech to commercialization

The US DOE has created a new program to help bring promising battery technologies that have been demonstrated at lab scale up to the level of maturity that can lead towards commercialization. The Lab Investment Incubator Activity is designed to attract “funds-in” investment from the private sector to overcome the technology and engineering challenges that… Read more »

DOE awards $1.2 million to Wildcat Discovery for improved solid-state batteries

The US DOE has awarded $1,223,833 to Wildcat Discovery Technologies, a company that uses high-throughput methods to develop next-generation battery materials, to develop materials for an all-solid-state battery. Solid-state batteries will allow for higher energy densities and better safety performance, according to Wildcat, which will use the money to explore the development of a composite… Read more »