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SYMMETRIX HPX-F is the result of an EERE-funded partnership between Porous Power Technologies and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The award-winning membrane technology, which lowers lithium-ion battery costs and improves safety by protecting batteries from overheating, offers benefits to an impressive range of markets — including electric vehicles, utility-scale energy storage, portable electronics, and healthcare.

Funds provided through EERE have helped make Pennsylvania the manufacturing powerhouse that it is, with the sector accounting for almost 20% of the state’s clean energy businesses. EERE’s existence is a key contributor to the more than 66,000 clean energy jobs in Pennsylvania, as well as the sector’s 15% growth rate.

Partners: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Porous Power Technologies.

Funding: $637,000
Benefits: Breakthrough technology lowers lithium ion battery costs. Receives 2013 R&D 100 Award.

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.

Lightweight carbon fiber composites are a promising solution to vehicle component weight, with the ability to lighten loads by 60%. Unfortunately, they’ve been too expensive to use in most high-volume vehicle models, until RMX Technologies and Oak Ridge National Lab’s VTO-sponsored partnership.

RMX and Oak Ridge combined their research and development expertise to create a manufacturing technique called plasma oxidation. The process improves the viability of carbon fiber composite manufacturing by slashing costs by 20%, cutting energy use by 75%, and tripling production speed.

The team created a plasma oxidation line that generates 1 metric ton of carbon fiber each year without major failures, proving the feasibility of efficiently creating high quality fiber. Building on this success, RMX formed a subsidiary called 4M Industrial Oxidation to commercialize the innovative process of plasma oxidation.

Partners: RMX Technologies and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Benefits: Plasma oxidation process improves the viability of carbon fiber composite manufacturing by slashing costs by 20%, cutting energy use by 75%, and tripling production speed.

Commercial refrigeration systems can upgrade to a new low-cost, high-efficiency refrigerant thanks to a DOE-sponsored research and development agreement between Honeywell and Oak Ridge National Lab. The new refrigerant, SolsticeN40, eanred and R&D 100 award for offering an energy saving, cost-effective replacement for the R-404A, currently the most common refrigerant used in supermarkets.

With support from DOE, Honeywell and ORNL have together been able to deliver on efforts to phase out climate-disrupting hydrofluorocarbons. The product is 67 percent less potent than R-404A and actually cuts refrigeration energy costs by 10%. Supermarkets can reap these benefits easily by simply replacing the refrigerant in their existing hardware with Solstice N40.

As a major US refrigerant wholesaler, Honeywell is able to deploy this innovative refrigeration technology to tens of thousands of supermarkets across the country, minimizing environmental impact and boosting energy savings.

Partners: Honeywell and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Benefits: Commercialized alternative refrigerant is 67% less potent than the previous standard refrigerant, R-404A, and cuts energy costs by 10%.