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DOE awards $17M for vehicle technologies; batteries, PEEM, engines, materials, fuel

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $17.6 million in 14 cooperative agreements with small businesses and institutions of higher education to develop and to deploy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States. The awards made under an Incubator Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0000988) issued in January. (Earlier post.)

The newly selected projects are in five areas: energy storage; power electronics and electric motors (PEEM); advanced combustion engines; materials technologies, and fuels and lubricant technologies. Awardees are:

Applicant Technology Federal share
Energy storage (Area of Interest 1)
Miltec UV International, LLC High speed precision printing and UV curing for ceramic separators
This project will develop the next generation of safer Lithium Ion PEV batteries by combining high speed precision printing and UV curing to instantly fixture ceramics on separator film.
Sila Nanotechnologies Core shell non-intercalation cathodes and anodes
his project will develop a nano-structured core to limit particle volume changes and protect the active material from undesired interactions with the electrolyte.
24M Technologies, Inc. High active loading cathodes by new manufacturing approach
This project will demonstrate a novel semi-solid electrode, cell, and manufacturing approach to prismatic cells for automotive applications.
Amprius A Commercially Scalable Process for Silicon Anode Prelithiation
his project will develop a cost- effective and scalable pre- lithiation process.
Lambda Technologies, Inc Variable frequency microwave drying of electrodes
his project will significantly reduce the size of inline drying ovens used in the manufacturing of batteries by using VFM technology, reducing size and energy usage and increasing throughput capabilities.
Parthian Energy LLC Unique S-cell design for reduction of inactive materials
This project will develop a novel S-cell to reduce the inactive battery materials by 50%.
Power electronics and electric motors (Area of Interest 2)
University of Colorado Boulder 30 kW Modular DC-DC System using Superjunction MOSFETs
This project will develop a new modular power conversion approach that utilizes both silicon and WBG devices to address the fundamental power conversion, loss, and component stress mechanisms.
University of Wisconsin - Madison Brushless and Permanent Magnet free Wound Field Synchronous Motor (WFSM)
This project will research, design, and demonstrate a brushless and permanent magnet free wound field synchronous motor (WFSM) for electric vehicles.
Advanced combustion engines (Area of Interest 3)
University of Connecticut In-situ grown Metal Oxide Nano-Array Catalysts for Low Temperature Diesel Oxidation
This project will develop cost- competitive, stable and efficient nano-array catalysts for automotive diesel oxidation after-treatment at low temperature.
University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Micro-Jet Enhanced Ignition for High Efficiency Lean-Burn CombustionThis project will develop and test a micro-jet enhanced fuel injection and combustion system.
Materials (Area of Interest 4)
RMX Technologies Demonstration scale plasma oxidation of carbon fiber
This project will scale up a carbon fiber oxidation technology that reduces energy consumption and oxidation time.
Utah State University Carbon fiber precursor from biomimetic polymer
This project will use spider silk fiber as a model for engineering a biomimetic polymer precursor to replace polyacrylonitirile (PAN) precursors.
The Ohio State University Low-cost Titanium casting alloy
This project will develop and demonstrate a new titanium alloy and its casting process using permanent mold technology for a cast titanium connecting rod.
Fuels and lubricants (Area of Interest 5)
The Regents of the University of Michigan Alternative Fuel Ignition
This project will utilize alternative fuel ignition to improve engine efficiency.


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