Trump-Perry Energy Department economic benefit exceeds $230 billion

Annual return on energy investments more than 20%

New battery technologies research announced

Since President Donald J. Trump took office, and under the Leadership of Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the Energy Department’s research and development portfolio includes an investment of $12 billion. The estimated net economic benefit to the United States exceeds $230 billion, with an overall annual return on investment of more than 20%.

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“A brighter future depends on energy policies that stimulate our economy, ensure our security, and protect our health,” a statement from the White House pledges. “Under the Trump Administration’s energy policies, that future can become a reality.”

Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $19.4 million for 22 new cost-shared projects to accelerate the research of advanced battery technologies. Their Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) funding reasserts that investment in advanced, energy efficient transportation technologies and systems will improve our nation’s energy security, help consumers and businesses save money on transportation energy costs, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness.

The goal is to make batteries safer, longer-lived and more powerful. (Energy)

Phase 1 of their “Battery Seedling” projects provides federal grants to competitive researchers that will lead to smaller, safer, lighter weight, and less expensive battery packs. The ultimate goal is to make electric vehicles more affordable. VOT consortium’s research intends to double the energy (to 500 watt-hours per kilogram) of lithium battery technologies.

President Donald J. Trump with Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. (NL)

The grants listed below will enable the following awardees to compete in phase 1 of the project. At the end of 18 months, the most promising competitors will move forward with the second phase of research.

Through the Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Alliance between the Department of Energy and the Department of the Army, the Army is contributing $1.0 million towards these projects.

University of Maryland: College Park

Research innovative iron-based materials for high energy cathodes for high energy lithium ion battery technologies. $400,000

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Research thick cathodes using freeze casting methods for solid-state lithium batteries. $400,000

Penn State University

Research multifunctional Li-ion conducting interfacial materials that enable high performance lithium metal anodes. $399,194

Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.

Research a scalable synthesis to enable very thin coatings on solid state electrolyte membranes to enable high performance Li-Sulfur Battery. $400,000

University of Maryland: College Park

Using 3D printed, low tortuosity frameworks, develop solid state Li-ion batteries. $400,000

General Motors LLC

Design, engineer, develop, and integrate pouch format cells for lithium-sulfur batteries to achieve high energy density and long cycle life. $400,000

University of Pittsburgh

Research sulfur electrodes utilizing lithium ion conductor (LIC) coatings for high energy density advanced lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. $400,000

Cornell University

Research highly loaded sulfur cathodes and conductive carbon coated separators that enable high energy batteries. $360,000

University of Maryland: College Park

Research advanced electrolytes to limit dendrite growth in lithium-metal cells. $400,000

Texas A&M Engineering

Utilize an analytical and experimental approach to examine the interface between solid state electrolytes and lithium-metal anodes and identify potential methods for mitigating dendrite growth. $400,000

Navitas Advanced Solutions Group

Research a solvent-free process to fabricate all solid Li batteries. $400,000

Wayne State University

Research novel full-cell, ultra high-energy Limetal batteries based on 3-dimensional architectures. $225,000

Oregon State University

Research and develop a new process to produce Li2S@graphene composite cathodes to inhibit polysulfides to enhance cycle life. $353,500

SUNY University

Research li-sulfur batteries using a novel sulfur rich nanosheet composite cathode. $400,000

University of Houston

Research high-energy solid-state lithium batteries with organic cathode materials. $400,000



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