Before Americans are able to flip the switch from gasoline to electricity, automakers need batteries for the next generation of electric vehicles that can deliver the range, performance, reliability, and safety drivers expect. NREL's Large-Volume Battery Calorimeter is a crucial tool to putting electric vehicles on the road.
Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.) has recently commercialized its lithium-rich composite cathode technology for lithium-ion batteries with licenses to GM, Envia, Toda Kogyo, LG Chem, and BASF.
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New clues about plant structure are helping researchers from the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center narrow down a large collection of poplar tree candidates and identify winners for future use in biofuel production.
Part 8 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What do you think the next great invention will be?
Part 7 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. In your point of view, what are some of the greatest threats to R&D in the U.S. right now? Are these roadblocks experienced by your organization, and, if so, how are you dealing with them?
Part 6 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What specifics discoveries or breakthroughs has your organization made that embody the spirit of innovation? Please describe the support for these technologies your organization has had for sponsor or collaborators? Finally, please describe your funding situation.
Part 5 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Where do you see real innovations taking place, and what are the geographical locations or industries do you see benefiting from innovation?
Part 4 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Many R&D organizations are seeing a greater collaboration and partnership activity. Are you seeing this trend? If so, what are some of the forces behind it, and how is it affecting your organization?
Part 3 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Describe your organization’s staffing and recruiting challenges as you see them now.
Part 2 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What one word would you use to describe the current state of industrial research?
Today’s economic and employment realities drive research organizations to develop new strategies.
The Amonix 7700 Solar Power Generator, developed by National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Amonix Inc. can supply 40% more energy than conventional fixed PV panels through the use of high-efficiency solar cells, concentrator Fresnel lenses, and smart controller and tracker technology.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory scientists have invented the Black Silicon Nanocatalytic Wet-Chemical Etch, an antireflection etch process that turns silicon wafers black so they absorb 98% of solar radiation, boosting overall photovoltaic performance.
To say that the outlook for government R&D laboratory executives is brighter for 2010 than 2009 would be a great understatement. At this time last year most laboratories were scrambling to adjust to a short-term financial upheaval brought about by an across-the-board freeze on budgets until March 2009.
Conversion efficiency will always be intrinsic to the success of solar cells, but as one startup is showing us, low cost has its merits, too.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colo.) and SkyFuel Inc.'s (Arvada, Calif.) SkyTrough Parabolic Trough Solar Concentrating Collector was designed to overcome cost barriers of traditional solar cells by using a new reflector material: a weather-proof, low-cost, high-reflectance polymeric film instead of the traditional heavy, glass-based mirror.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colo.) and Planar Energy Devices’ (Orlando, Fla.) PowerPlane UX combines a solid-state lithium battery with a buried-anode architecture—invented at the NREL—to form an intrinsically safe, rechargeable microbattery with an extremely long lifetime.
The unique optical system design and innovative optical components of the UAWS deliver highly concentrated sunlight in the UV spectrum—the wavelength region that does by far the most damage to materials deployed outdoors.
The upcoming changes in government leadership will create temporary issues in the government’s network of research labs until new strategies are defined and funded.
The IMM solar cell is a new class of multijunction solar cells that is the world-record holder for one-sun efficiency (40.8%). Two major innovations make this possible. The first is growing or depositing cell layers in an inverted sequence—from top to bottom—the reverse of the normal order. The second is using a transparent, compositionally graded transition layer to allow the growth of one subcell layer on another.
Over the last three decades, researchers and others have envisioned a time when we might be able to do something as simple, fast, and inexpensive as constructing our houses and buildings with PV(photovoltaic)-coated materials to provide the electricity the buildings would need. That vision will soon be a reality with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (Golden, Colo.) and HelioVolt Corporation's (Austin, Texas) Hybrid CIGS (copper indium gallium deselenide), an innovative technology for the rapid production of high-quality, low-cost, thin-film CIGS solar cells using the inkjet printing or spraying of liquid precursor inks on substrates in air followed by a fast, energy-efficient printing process.
Researchers from Spectrolab, Inc. (Sylmar, Calif.) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colo.) have collaborated to develop a High-Efficiency Metamorphic Multijunction Concentrator Solar Cell (HEMM) that is the first solar cell to surpass the 40% efficiency barrier. This new technology is a lattice-mismatched triple-junction device that can generate utility-scale electricity with ultra-high performance under high solar concentrations.
Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colo., in a joint effort with Sinton Consulting, Inc., Boulder, Colo., have developed the Sinton QSSPC Silicon Evaluation System, a system that quickly and accurately determines the quality of silicon starter material by measuring minority-carrier lifetimes, impurities, resistivity, and trapping.