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ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.
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2019
5 Mar

Right electrolyte doubles material's ability to store energy

Scientists have discovered a way to improve the energy density of promising energy-storage materials, conductive two-dimensional ceramics called MXenes.
26 Feb

USA DOE launches lithium ion battery recycling R&D Centre: ReCell

The use of lithium-ion batteries has surged in recent years, starting with electronics and expanding into many applications, including the growing electric and hybrid vehicle industry. But the technologies to optimize recycling of these batteries has not kept pace.
2018
22 Nov

120-kilowatt wireless charging for vehicles

Researchers have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles—providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that rival the speed and convenience of a gas station fill-up.
15 Nov

Manganese may finally solve hydrogen fuel cells' catalyst problem

Manganese is known for making stainless steel and aluminum soda cans. Now, researchers say the metal could advance one of the most promising sources of renewable energy: hydrogen fuel cells.
26 Oct

New material, manufacturing process, uses sun's heat for cheaper power

Researchers have developed a new material and manufacturing process that would make one way to use solar power - as heat energy - more efficient in generating electricity.
16 Oct

Solid-State and Polymer Batteries 2019-2029: Technology, Patents, Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Lorenzo Grande and Dr Bryony Core
10 Oct

Safer, more efficient rechargeable batteries

Materials scientists have sussed out the physical phenomenon underlying the promising electrical properties of a class of materials called superionic crystals. A better understanding of such materials could lead to safer and more efficient rechargeable batteries than the current standard-bearer of lithium ion.
18 Sep

Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He
29 Aug

Multifunctional Composites 2019-2029: Technology, Players, Market Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
28 Aug

Lithium-ion batteries can't catch fire because they harden on impact

Lithium-ion batteries commonly used in consumer electronics are notorious for bursting into flame when damaged or improperly packaged. Inspired by the weird behavior of some liquids that solidify on impact, researchers have developed a practical and inexpensive way to help prevent these fires.
24 Aug

Smart Materials as Structural Electronics and Electrics 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Jon Harrop, Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh and Luke Gear
17 Aug

Front Edge Technology

Front Edge Technology (FET) develops a LiPON-based NanoEnergy product for micro power applications.
21 Jun

Additive Manufacturing and Lightweight Materials for Aerospace and Defense 2018-2028

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins and Dr Bryony Core
14 Jun

Electric Trucks and Delivery Vans 2018-2028

IDTechEx Report: Dr Lorenzo Grande and Luke Gear
21 Apr

Ilika Technologies

Ilika is a public company that focuses on innovative approaches for technology accelerated innovation. They are affiliated to the University of Southampton in the UK and have worked in the development of solid state batteries. They have collaborated with Toyota in SSB material developments.
16 Apr

World's first medium/large-scale 3D thermoset printer

Magnum Venus Products, in partnership with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installed the first commercially available medium/large-scale thermoset 3D printer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Tennessee.
2 Apr

Novel method for energy-efficient deep neural networks

A method to improve the energy efficiency of scientific artificial intelligence is showing early promise in efforts to parse insights from volumes of cancer data.
2 Apr

A new way to find better battery materials

A new approach to analyzing and designing new ion conductors — a key component of rechargeable batteries — could accelerate the development of high-energy lithium batteries, and possibly other energy storage and delivery devices such as fuel cells, researchers say.
26 Feb

3D Printing 2018-2028: Technology and Market Analysis

IDTechEx Report: Dr Bryony Core
16 Feb

Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting 2018-2028: Applications, Markets, Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Raghu Das
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