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NREL and Louisville company to work on next-gen electric vehicle batteries

Colorado’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Solid Power LLC, based in Louisville, will get a crack at improving batteries used in electric vehicles via a grant from another branch of the U.S. Department of Energy.

NREL, based in Golden, announced Wednesday that one of its projects is among the 22 chosen to get money to “develop transformational electric vehicle energy storage systems” — basically, improving the range and reliability of electric vehicles to make them more enticing to car buyers.

Looking over NREL’s announcement, there are a lot of acronyms attached to the project.

For one, the name of the project is the “Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems” — aka: RANGE.

And the folks behind the RANGE project are none other than the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy — better known as ARPA-E.

ARPA-E recently announced that 22 projects in 15 states would receive a total of $36 million to work on the effort.

At the time ARPA-E said NREL would receive $1 million for its research.

NREL said it is working with project partners EIC Laboratories Inc., based in Norwood, Mass., and Chemtura Corp. (NYSE: CHMT), a specialty chemicals manufacturer based in Philadelphia.


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