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Johney Green Joins Inaugural Board of Trustees for the UK’s Faraday Institution

March 21, 2018

 

Imagine driving an electric car from Denver to Santa Fe on a single charge. A European equivalent of that is London to Glasgow, and the Faraday Institution—an independent battery research organization based in England—wants to make it a reality by supporting and advancing electrochemical energy storage research and development activities and programs throughout the UK.

NREL's Johney Green, Jr. has been chosen to join Faraday's inaugural board of trustees to help set the agenda and support programs for emerging electrochemical energy storage technologies. Green is the associate lab director for the Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences directorate at NREL where he oversees buildings, manufacturing, transportation, wind power, water power, and geothermal research programs, including NREL's energy storage work.

"The move toward cleaner, more efficient transportation is an exciting validation of decades of research in this area," said Green. "As nations around the world establish policies shifting from the production of gasoline-powered vehicles to electrified vehicles over the next few decades, maximizing battery performance and reliability, while decreasing their cost will become even more important."

Green joins nine other distinguished board members from U.S. Department of Energy national labs, as well as academia, private industry, and public service. Board members serve as ambassadors and advisers in support of Faraday's mission to position the UK as a world leader in energy storage, accelerate commercialization, and take advantage of future economic opportunities as electrification takes off in the automotive industry and other sectors.

Green's background in driving technological innovations in sustainable transportation traces back to his position as director of the Energy and Transportation Science Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he also oversaw the development of the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project, a model of innovative vehicle-to-grid integration technologies and next-generation manufacturing processes.

He has served on numerous advisory boards for organizations including the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Memphis. He is a fellow of SAE International and has participated in several National Academy of Engineering programs. Additionally, he holds two U.S. patents in combustion science and is the lead or co-author of several technical publications.

Green's prestigious post further reinforces NREL's role as not only a national trailblazer—but as a global leader in energy storage outreach and impact. Last year, NREL's collaboration across the pond with University College London resulted in a prestigious Engineer Collaborate to Innovate Award. And recently, NREL's Vehicle Electrification Group Manager Matt Keyser moderated a webinar on "Overcoming the Impacts of Fast Charging on Hybrid/Electric Vehicles, Batteries, and Charging Systems," hosted by The Battery Show as part of the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe 2018.

As the country's recognized leader in battery thermal management research, NREL conducts evaluation, modeling, and simulation activities to assess energy storage components at the materials, cell, pack, and systems levels. This scientific innovation has been recognized with two R&D 100 Awards in the last five years.