US DOE re-charging efforts to make electric vehicle batteries cheaper, lighterThursday, August 9, 2012
Washington, DC (August 9, 2012)-
Last Thursday, August 2, the U.S.
Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) announced 19
“transformative” new projects that will
receive $43 million in funding from its
Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy
(ARPA-E) to advanced electric vehicle
The majority of the funding—$30 million—will be given to 12 of the projects which will focus on improving the efficiency and performance of electric drive vehicle batteries. These projects will not go to R&D of alternative batteries; rather, they will work with existing battery chemistries and technologies for both plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles. The remaining seven projects will receive $13 million to develop storage technologies in new electric vehicle batteries. Overall, the funding will go to companies in 14 states across the country, including Eaton, Energy Storage Systems, Ford Motor Company and GE Global Research, to name a few.
“These cutting-edge projects could transform our energy infrastructure, dramatically reduce our reliance on imported oil and increase American energy security,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu during his announcement of the funds for the new projects.
The Palo Alto Research Center will receive the most funding for its project, Smart Embedded Network of Sensors with Optical Readout (SENSOR). The research center will develop fiber-optic sensors for batteries to monitor and measure battery packs’ health while in use to avoid degradation and failure.
You can find all of the information on the funding for the new projects the U.S. DOE announced in the published project descriptions. You can also read the full text of the U.S. DOE’s news release here.