NREL's research in advanced roll-to-roll technologies and processing techniques is used to produce clean energy technologies to help reduce costs and increase precision.
NREL supports advanced manufacturing through roll-to-roll-related capabilities and projects.
In a multilab collaborative effort, NREL researchers are accelerating roll-to-roll materials manufacturing for a broad range of energy-, water-, and industry-related technologies to lower costs and improve efficiency. Our roll-to-roll manufacturing research uses various U.S. Department of Energy funding mechanisms and spans several technology areas.
NREL's novel roll-to-roll laser-processing methods improve the performance of energy storage materials and manufacturing. NREL's on-site laser ablation capabilities emulate in-line microstructuring of energy materials, such as lithium-ion battery electrodes.
NREL works with industry to optimize roll-to-roll manufacturing for low-cost water electrolyzers to reduce manufacturing cost and labor. These efforts could result in more affordable hydrogen production via proton exchange membrane electrolysis.