The $3 million Department of Energy facility allows for collaboration with industry and other national labs while protecting intellectual property of industrial partners.

oakridgeFuture automotive batteries could cost less and pack more power because of a new manufacturing research and development facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The $3 million Department of Energy facility allows for collaboration with industry and other national labs while protecting intellectual property of industrial partners. The laboratory is attracting battery manufacturers, chemical and materials suppliers, system integrators and original equipment manufacturers.

“We’re able to integrate advanced material components into a complete battery, analyze how it perform and better understand how to improve it,” said Claus Daniel, deputy director of ORNL’s Sustainable Transportation Programs. “With this capability, we can isolate and evaluate a material or process and quantify any advantage that each would provide.”

Through the nation’s largest open access battery manufacturing R&D facility, American businesses could gain a competitive advantage in the global market.

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Source: Ron Walli | Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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