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PNNL Showcases Technology at ARPA-E

February 2015

Researchers from PNNL will be on hand to discuss their work at the 2015 Energy Innovation Summit of high-impact energy research funded by DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E. The summit runs February 9-11 at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

The summit's Technology Showcase (Click here for map) features 250 APRA-E-funded high-potential, high-impact energy technologies, including the PNNL projects summarized below. Additional PNNL participation includes:

  • Jeff Taft, Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation, will lead a roundtable discussion called "Grid Decentralization: Is it coming? And how do we get there?"
  • Peter Christensen, Technology Deployment and Outreach Manager, will be participating in the Corporate Acceleration Program for three of PNNL's topics: Power Grid Analytics, Binding Organic Liquids, and Redox Flow Batteries. The Corporate Acceleration Program is a corporate-to-technology matchmaking program. The purpose of this program is to link the world's top vetted innovators, intellectual property, and early stage companies to leading corporate, government and investment executives.

PNNL Overview - Booth 507

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) conducts ground breaking research on next generation clean energy technology. Research areas include battery chemistry, biofuels and biochemicals, grid-scale energy storage, processing of lightweight metals and alloys, soft and permanent magnets, fuel cells, HVAC technologies, power grid analytics and operation, distributed controls for grid and buildings, and other areas. As a leader among DOE laboratories in industrial engagement, PNNL builds strong multi-disciplinary teams with the scientific and technical expertise to address a broad range of complex challenges in energy and the environment. Building on a successful record of technology transfer and commercialization, PNNL offers a number of mechanisms for doing collaborative research with industrial and academic partners.

Manganese-Based Permanent Magnet with 40 MGOe at 200°C - Booth 315

PNNL Researcher: Jun Cui, Applied Materials and Performance

PNNL and team are developing a rare earth free permanent magnets based on an innovative composite using manganese materials. These manganese based composite magnets hold the potential to match the high temperature magnetic properties relative to those being used today. Members of this research team will leverage high-performance modeling and innovative synthesis methods to overcome the low purity problem typically found in the manganese composites. If developed successfully in this high-risk, high-reward effort, these composite magnets will reduce US dependence on REE imports and establish US leadership in wide adoption of green energy technologies.

Non-Wire Methods for Transmission Congestion Management through Predictive Simulation and Optimization - Booth 540

PNNL Researchers: Henry Huang, Electricity Infrastructure

PNNL is developing a high-performance computing algorithms and software to use power transmission lines in the electric grid more efficiently. By analyzing unused capacity of existing transmission lines, this software would increase the efficiency of existing electrical infrastructure, eliminating or delaying the need to construct costly power lines.

Genset Heat Recovery Adsorption Chiller for Military Forward Operations Bases - Booth 1243

PNNL Researcher: Pete McGrail, Hydrocarbon Processing

PNNL teams are working on two adsorption chiller concepts. Under the BEETIT program, PNNL is designing, assembling and testing an adsorption chiller that takes advantage of recently discovered superfluorophilic sorbents with select fluorocarbon refrigerants to achieve high efficiency in commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The second project is working to leverage the superhydrophilic properties of a metal-organic framework sorbent to design, manufacture, and test a ¾ ton adsorption chiller that is substantially smaller, lighter, and far exceeds the operating performance requirements specified by the Navy for forward operations base deployments while meeting cost targets as well. An advanced adsorption module and system design is being utilized to minimize overall size and weight of the chillers and provide rapid heat transfer and efficient internal heat recuperation. A small 400W chiller demonstrating these technology innovations will be on display.

Catalyzed Organo-Metathetical (COMET) Process for Magnesium Production from Seawater -Booth 1245

PNNL Researcher: Pete McGrail, Hydrocarbon Processing

PNNL is extracting magnesium salt from seawater and converting it to magnesium using a metal-organic process. As seawater contains low concentrations of magnesium, extraction is traditionally a difficult, energy-intensive, and expensive process. PNNL's novel metal-organic process could enable more efficient magnesium extraction from seawater.

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