Funding

Video: Electrified road charges electric vehicles throughout their journey

By Faye Oney / April 25, 2018

An initiative in Sweden is attempting to lower vehicle-based carbon emissions. eRoadArlanda uses conductive technology to power and charge electric vehicles as they travel down the road—but the verdict is still out whether or not eRoadArlanda is a practical solution.

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New open-access materials database could save research time, spur material science advances

By Faye Oney / April 13, 2018

Researchers at the National Energy Renewable Laboratory have created a database of inorganic thin-film materials containing 10 years’ worth of research. This open-access database could accelerate research advances in advanced energy and beyond.

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Congress-approved spending bill proposes big boosts to research funding

By April Gocha / March 23, 2018

The U.S. Senate just approved a $1.3 trillion spending package that significantly increases funding for research—the plan increases R&D funding by 12.8% over 2017 figures, the largest increases to research spending in nearly a decade.

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GE Aviation invests additional $105M to manufacture ceramic matrix composites for jet engines

By April Gocha / March 9, 2018

GE Aviation is expanding two of its ceramic matrix composite manufacturing plants in North Carolina, one in Asheville and one in West Jefferson. The company will invest an additional $105 million in the plants, which manufacture jet engine components.

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US DOE earmarks $35M to solve advanced manufacturing challenges; businesses solve workforce challenges at local level

By Faye Oney / February 27, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy recently funded 24 manufacturing research projects in the amount of $35 million to solve advanced manufacturing challenges. At the local level, businesses are partnering with academia and nonprofits to solve manufacturing’s workforce challenges.

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US Department of Energy competition could drive energy research innovation

By Faye Oney / February 9, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced a competition to spur growth of sustainable energy technology. American Inventions Made Onshore will award monetary compensation to four organizations that will provide training to innovators on how to bring their research to market.

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Lithium ion movement inside nanoparticles could be key to faster-charging, longer-lasting batteries

By Faye Oney / January 16, 2018

By observing lithium ion movement in nanoparticles, researchers have discovered that instead of increasing, they reverse at a certain point. Their discovery could be a breakthrough in faster-charging and longer-lasting batteries.

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President’s executive order could mean less dependence on critical mineral imports

By Faye Oney / January 12, 2018

President Trump recently signed an executive order to explore new sources of 23 critical minerals in the U.S. The directive could spur domestic production of critical minerals, including rare-earth elements, and lessen U.S. dependence on imported minerals.

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Solar window changes from transparent to tinted while generating electricity

By Faye Oney / December 19, 2017

Researchers have developed a photovoltaic device that generates electricity from sunlight that passes through thermochromic windows. Their device could provide power to buildings, smartphone batteries, and other electronics.

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The road to REE independence: Rare-earth elements discovered in U.S. coal basins

By Faye Oney / December 8, 2017

A collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, academia, and business has resulted in the discovery of high concentrations of rare-earth elements in several U.S. coal basins. The success of this discovery could eventually reduce the U.S.’s dependence on imported rare earths.

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