Oak Ridge National Laboratory is expected to receive about $1 million for battery research as part of a national project to improve the storage of energy.
The grants were announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy, which announced a total of $43 million for 19 projects across the country.
A DOE press release said ORNL is developing an innovative battery design that will improve the regulation of destructive â€œhot-spotsâ€ that develop when lithium-ion cells are used.
â€œThis improvement is transporting heat away from active materials in the battery is expected to increase the batteryâ€™s life and reduce the system cost associated with thermal management,â€ the release said.
Funding for the projects, which include research at a range of organizations from Ford Motor Company to Battelle Memorial Institute, comes from the departmentâ€™s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.
The release said the projects are supported through two new ARPA-E programsâ€”Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices, or AMPED, and Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR.
â€œThis latest round of ARPA-E projects seek to address the remaining challenges in energy storage technologies, which could revolutionize the way Americans store and use energy in electric vehicles, the grid and beyond, while also potentially improving the access to energy for the U.S. military at forward operating bases in remote areas,â€ Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. â€œThese cutting-edge projects could transform our energy infrastructure, dramatically reduce our reliance on imported oil, and increase American energy security.â€
Twelve research projects are receiving $30 million in funding under the AMPED program, which aims to develop advanced sensing and control technologies. AMPED is focused on maximizing the potential of existing battery chemistries, the release said.
The remaining $13 million was designated to seven projects at enterprising small businesses to “pursue cutting-edge energy storage developments for stationary power and electric vehicles.” Those projects will develop new innovative battery chemistries and battery designs, the release said.
ARPA-E was launched in 2009. Before Thursdayâ€™s announcement, ARPA-E had attracted more than 5,000 applications from research teams, which have resulted in about 180 groundbreaking projects worth nearly $500 million.
More information on the program is available at www.arpa-e.energy.gov.