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News Archives - 2011

August 17, 2011

Low Emission Cars Under NREL's Microscope

National laboratory researchers put advanced vehicles through their paces and give consumers a taste of promising technologies.

July 7, 2011

NREL Supports Industry to Develop Computer-Aided Engineering Tools for Car Batteries

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently awarded three industry teams, after a competitive procurement process, a total of $7 million for the development of computer-aided software design tools to help produce the next generation of electric drive vehicle (EDV) batteries.

June 6, 2011

NREL-Analyzed Battery Journeys into Outer Space with Space Shuttle Endeavor

NREL-analyzed batteries used to power the astronauts' spacesuits during spacewalks were onboard for NASA's space shuttle Endeavor's May 17, 2011 mission.

May 13, 2011

Best for Batteries: Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

Thermal management is crucial in the development of new car batteries; NREL's Large-Volume Calorimeter helps prepare for a surge in electric vehicles.

May 13, 2011

World's Largest Battery Calorimeter Operating at NREL

The next generation of electric-drive cars and light trucks will be required to travel farther on electric power alone, placing greater energy demands on the vehicles' battery packs. As the packs get larger, regulating battery temperatures become even more important in helping improve performance, lifespan, safety, and affordability. The best tool automakers have for assessing thermal control and optimizing battery performance is NREL's Large-Volume Battery Calorimeter.

April 5, 2011

NREL Team Investigates Secondary Uses for Electric Drive Vehicle Batteries

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), industry and academia are teaming to give batteries from electric drive vehicles (EV) a “second life.” NREL's partner is an industry-academia team led by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE).

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