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UMD Researchers Awarded Two ARPA-E Grants for Electric Vehicle Energy Storage Systems

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 26, 2013 — Wachsman and Wang receive funding to create innovative batteries for electric vehicle energy storage systems

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two research teams from the University of Maryland Energy Research Center were awarded grants from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop transformational electric vehicle (EV) energy storage systems using innovative chemistries, architectures and designs. The two University of Maryland (UMD) projects were among 22 selected nationwide that received a total of $36 million in research funding from ARPA-E’s new program, Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems (RANGE).

ARPA-E’s RANGE program aims to accelerate widespread EV adoption by dramatically improving driving range and reliability, and by providing low-cost, low-carbon alternatives to today’s vehicles. RANGE seeks to reduce vehicle costs by re-envisioning the total EV battery system, rather than working to increase the energy density of individual battery cells. RANGE projects will also focus on multifunctional energy storage designs that use these robust storage systems to simultaneously serve other functions in a vehicle, further reducing an energy storage system’s effective and overall EV weight.

The first University of Maryland ARPA-E project, led by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Chunseng Wang in partnership with Kan Xu at the Army Research Laboratory, is titled “Multiple-Electron Aqueous Battery,” and was awarded $405,000. The second project, led by University of Maryland Energy Research (UMERC) Director and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Eric Wachsman, is titled “Solid-State Lithium-Ion Battery with Ceramic Electrolyte,” and was awarded $574,275.
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