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Through an EERE-funded cooperative R&D project between Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, electrochemical storage technology is making huge strides with regard to efficiency and cost-effectiveness

The collaborative, known as the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (US-ABC) backs battery storage research with funding and other resources such as testing facilities. Not only have all of the Consortium partners benefitted from the research, but they’ve been able to help propel the success of several battery start-ups.

US-ABC has a history of accomplishments driven by EERE support, including a 50% reduction in 2008 production costs of lithium-ion batteries for vehicles. DOE-coordinated technological achievements like these are what inspire Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors to continue collectively dedicating time and resources to public-private partnerships.

Partners: Chrysler, Ford, General Motors

Funding: $7.5 million

Benefits: Reducing battery vehicle costs. U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium funds electrochemical storage R&D.

Vortex Hydro Energy’s work to commercialize the University of Michigan’s Vortex Induced Vibration Aquatic Clean Energy (VIVACE) converter exemplifies EERE’s critical role in bridging cutting-edge research to the business world.

The VIVACE converter, a device designed to harness energy from slow-moving water currents, was born out a collaborative agreement between Vortex Hydro Energy and the DOE’s Water Power Program. The converter is designed for currents as slow as 2 knots, expanding the potential for harnessing hydrokinetic energy to river and ocean throughout the United States that were previously inaccessible to conventional turbine technology.

Vortex has developed a simple, cost-effective water turbine that broadens the universe of renewable energy sources and continues, with EERE support, to innovate and test VIVACE in order to optimize its energy conversion efficiency.

Partners: Vortex Hydro Energy

Funding: $1 million

Benefits: Water power from smaller rivers. Laboratory testing of new hydrokinetic energy device to harness energy in slow-moving water currents.

DOE-supported collaboration with Oak Ridge National Lab earned Dow Chemical multiple awards and validated Dow Chemical’s role at the leading edge of chemical innovation.

The product of our partnership, LIQUIDARMOR, is a high-quality, sprayable building sealant that slashes air leakage and helps building operators quickly and cost-effectively reap energy savings of up to 50%.

Oak Ridge National Lab’s sophisticated evaluation process confirmed our product’s efficiency and ease of application compared to conventional sealants. Dow has DOE’s clean energy research initiatives and sponsorship to credit for the success of LIQUIDARMOR.

Partners: Dow Chemical:

Benefits: Sprayable building sealant saves building operators and owners up to 50% in energy consumption.

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is now equipped with new engine valve technology that maximizes the car’s fuel economy. By matching EERE’s $6.2 million award, General Motors developed Intake Valve Lift Control technology, which automatically adjusts the intake valve for optimum airflow depending on the car’s current speed and load.

Thanks to support from the DOE Vehicle Technologies Office, GM innovation increases vehicle fuel economy up to one mile per gallon, saving drivers money at the pump and reducing carbon emissions.

Partners: General Motors

Funding: $6.2M

Benefits: EERE-supported effort resulted in new engine valve technology on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.