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JULY 9, 2020
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### Building a Better Battery—Faster

Researchers at PNNL have developed a software tool that helps universities, small business, and corporate developers to design better batteries with new materials that hold more energy.
JUNE 10, 2020
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### The Quest for a Viable Sodium Battery

PNNL and WSU researchers have improved the performance and life cycle of sodium-ion battery technology to narrow the gap with some lithium-ion batteries.
APRIL 28, 2020
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### A Leap in Using Silicon for Battery Anodes

Researchers at PNNL have come up with a novel way to use silicon as an energy storage ingredient, replacing the graphite in electrodes. Silicon can hold 10 times the electrical charge per gram, but it comes with problems of its own.
MARCH 11, 2020
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### Energy Storage Safety and Reliability Forum Convenes at PNNL

The Energy Storage System Safety and Reliability Forum at PNNL brought together more than 120 energy storage experts from the U.S. Department of Energy, the national laboratories, utilities, industry and academia.
FEBRUARY 5, 2020
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Scientists have witnessed the formation of the solid-electrolyte interphase, a critical component in lithium-ion batteries.
OCTOBER 14, 2019
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### Scientists Pinpoint Cause of Harmful Dendrites and Whiskers in Lithium Batteries

Scientists have uncovered a root cause of the growth of needle-like structures—known as dendrites and whiskers—that plague lithium batteries, sometimes causing a short circuit, failure, or even a fire.
OCTOBER 4, 2019
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### Scientists Widen the Temperature Range for Electric Car Batteries

PNNL researchers have created a chemical cocktail that could help electric cars power their way through extreme temperatures where current lithium-ion batteries don’t operate as efficiently as needed.
JULY 23, 2019
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### Molecular Mayhem at Root of Battery Breakdown

PNNL researchers demonstrate how the excitation of oxygen atoms that contributes to better performance of a lithium-ion battery also triggers a process that leads to damage, explaining a phenomenon that has been a mystery to scientists.
APRIL 24, 2019
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### Power Reactor Project is Model for Accelerated Site Review

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and PNNL partnered to complete—in record time—an environmental impact statement for the nation’s first small modular nuclear reactor, to be sited at Clinch River, Tenn.
JANUARY 31, 2019
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### Plutonium Experiment Opens New Research Possibilities

Researchers used novel methods to safely create and analyze plutonium samples. The approaches could prove influential in future studies of the radioactive material, benefitting research in legacy, national security and nuclear fuels.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
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AUGUST 2, 2018
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### Smart Ideas Wanted for Grid Modernization

Plug and Play DER Challenge seeks to enable distributed energy technologies to integrate, connect and operate in harmony on the power grid.
JUNE 27, 2018
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JUNE 26, 2018
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MARCH 28, 2018
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MARCH 27, 2018
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### Research Hints at Double the Driving Range for Electric Vehicles

When it comes to the special sauce of batteries, PNNL researchers say it's all about the salt concentration.
DECEMBER 5, 2017
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JULY 19, 2017
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JUNE 30, 2017
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### Company Designing Next Generation Reactor Gets Assistance from PNNL

PNNL provides gateway to nuclear innovation for small business
JUNE 15, 2017
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