Washington: Graphene Nanostructures for Lithium Batteries Recieves 2012 R&D 100 Award

Project Overview
Positive Impact: EERE-supported graphene nanostructures increases capacity of batteries, improves performance and convenience of electric vehicles.
Location: Richland, Washington
Partners: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Vorbeck Materials Corp, Princeton University
EERE Investment: $300,000
Clean Energy Sector: Sustainable transportationPDF

Incorporating graphene, a team of scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Vorbeck Materials Corporation, and Princeton University have developed a nanocomposite material that can greatly improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. Small quantities of graphene can deliver increased battery capacity, longer cycle life, and increased specific power at a high charge-discharge rate. These batteries could drastically reduce the time it takes to charge a smartphone to as little as 10 minutes and an electric vehicle to just a few hours. Improving charge time and these other battery characteristics could significantly expand the adoption and use of electric vehicles. EERE provided support for the project that led to this discovery.

In 2012, R&D Magazine recognized this accomplishment as part of its R&D 100 awards. This award recognizes the year's 100 most significant scientific and technological products or advances.

The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) develops and deploys efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.


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