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The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just launched a new initiative to improve the battery life of electric vehicles. Announced this past week in San Francisco, the $7.4 million Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) project will mobilize teams from Utah State University, Washington University, and the Eaton Corporation to extend the range and life of lithium-ion batteries in electric and hybrid cars.

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AMPED will divvy $7.4 million between three research and development institutions. The University of Utah will receive $3million with the goals of reducing EV battery size, improving battery pack life 20% or reducing the consumption of energy by 20% as well as a 50% improvement in cold weather charging rates. They will be assisted by the Ford Motor Company, NREL, and the University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado Springs. Washington University will work with a grant of $2 million to develop a predictive battery pack management system that enhances performance in real time and at the cellular level. With $3.4 million, the Eaton Corporation will strive for a 50% improvement in fuel economy in heavy duty HEV’s without sacrificing battery life by collaborating with NREL to develop a power-control system through new mathematical models.

In total, ARPA’s AMPED program will provide scientists and engineers with $30 million over 14 projects to improve existing battery technologies, spur innovation, and expand the potential of the grid.

“If successful, the advanced sensing, diagnostic, and control technologies developed under the AMPED program will allow us to unlock enormous untapped potential in the performance, safety and lifetime of today’s commercial battery systems,” said Ilan Gur, theA RPA-E Program Director. “My hope is that these cutting-edge projects will accelerate the impact of vehicle and grid-scale energy storage in reducing our country’s reliance on imported fuels and improving the safety, security and economic efficiency of our electricity grid.”


Via Clean Technica