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This is the November 2017 issue of the Transportation and Hydrogen Newsletter.

November 15, 2017

Videos featuring live action and animation take center stage, showcasing the ways NREL's sustainable transportation research in the lab has real-world impacts.

Fuels & Engines R&D Revs Up Efficiency, Performance

NREL bridges fuels and engines research to maximize efficiency and performance, with new state-of-the-art equipment providing expanded capabilities. The lab's fuel performance research covers the full spectrum of innovation—from fuel chemistry, conversion, and combustion to the evaluation of advanced fuels in actual engines and vehicles. Learn more in the uncut version of the video.

Researcher Blows Up Batteries to Make Them Safer on Earth and in Space

NREL research makes lithium-ion batteries safer for earthlings and astronauts . Meet Matt Keyser, a senior energy storage engineer who is on a mission to improve the thermal performance of batteries for electric vehicles, consumer gadgets, and technology used by NASA in outer space.

Collaboration to Usher in New Wave of Autonomous Vehicle Research

In an important step toward furthering autonomous electric vehicles, NREL and EasyMile plan to embark on a new joint research collaboration in which NREL will help the smart mobility solutions company further develop its autonomous shuttles to possibly include wireless charging, connected and managed charging, and advanced energy storage. EasyMile recently provided a demo of its EZ10 shuttle on the NREL campus.

Better Power Electronics Shrink Electric Car Size, Weight, Cost

Electric vehicles rely heavily on power electronics—including inverters, converters, and chargers—to control the flow of electricity between the battery, the motor, and other powertrain components. NREL is boosting the performance of power electronics components and systems, while driving down size, weight, and cost.

New Bioreactor to Convert Hydrogen into Methane

As part of a collaboration with the Southern California Gas Company and Electrochaea, the first carbon-free power-to-gas bioreactor to be tested in the U.S. has been installed at NREL. Standing 25 feet tall, the system will house bacteria that can convert renewably produced hydrogen into natural gas for later use.

Learn more about NREL's Transportation R&D including Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, as well as partnership opportunities.