Established as part of the Energy Materials Network, the mission of the Lightweight Materials National Lab Consortium (LightMat) is to create an enduring national lab-based network, enabling industry to utilize the national labs' unique capabilities related to lightweight materials.
Photo credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Electrocatalysis Consortium (ElectroCat) is using national lab resources and capabilities such as Argonne's High-Throughput Research facility (pictured) and Los Alamos' ability to design and synthesize catalysts to speed the development process of PGM-free electrocatalysts for fuel cells.
Photo credit: Argonne National Laboratory
The Energy Materials Network advances the goals of the Materials Genome Initiative, a multi-agency initiative designed to create a new era of policy, resources, and infrastructure that supports the discovery, manufacture, and deployment of advanced materials twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost.
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Amped Up! is a bimonthly magazine from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy that highlights breaking technologies and achievements that influence global change toward clean energy.
High performance materials hold the key to innovation in many critical clean energy technologies. But with ambitious national targets to reduce America’s carbon footprint, advanced materials’ traditional 15-20 years-to-market timeframe isn’t keeping pace with America’s goals to achieve a clean energy economy.
Through the Energy Materials Network (EMN), the Energy Department is taking a different approach to materials research and development (R&D) that aims to solve industry’s toughest clean energy materials challenges. EMN’s targeted, growing network of consortia led by the Energy Department’s national labs is better integrating all phases of R&D, from discovery through deployment, and facilitating industry access to its national laboratories’ capabilities, tools, and expertise to accelerate the materials development cycle and enable U.S. manufacturers to deliver innovative, made-in-America products to the world market.
This effort supports the President’s Materials Genome Initiative, which is working to discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost. EMN also supports the recommendations of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0, a working group with leaders from industry, academia, and labor, which highlighted the importance of producing advanced materials for technologies critical to U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing.