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LASER TREATMENT, BONDING POTENTIAL ROAD TO SUCCESS FOR CARBON FIBER
LESS EXPENSIVE, MORE ROBUST AND PROVIDES HIGH-VOLUME USAGE PATH
Joining carbon fiber composites and aluminum for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products could become less expensive and the joints more robust because of a new method that harnesses a laser’s power and precision. Using a laser to remove layers of material from surfaces prior to bonding improves the performance of the joints and provides a path toward automation for high-volume use.
RMX LICENSES ORNL TECHNOLOGY FOR CARBON FIBER PRODUCTION
TECHNOLOGY REDUCES TIME AND ENERGY TO MAKE CARBON FIBER
RMX Technologies has licensed plasma processing technology that accelerates the oxidation stage of carbon fiber production. The innovation cuts processing time by a factor of 2.5 to 3 times, reduces energy consumption by 75%, and lowers production costs by 20% while maintaining or improving carbon fiber quality.
NEW TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP RACE CARS SPEED TO THE FINISH LINE
XALT Energy and ORNL are partnering to develop high performing, safe batteries for electric vehicles. The collaboration produced a new coating technology that increases battery energy density so that Formula E race cars that currently last only half the race at 140 mph could power through the whole race to the finish line at 160 mph.
BIOENERGY STUDY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS DOE & NATIONAL LAB INNOVATIONS
STAKEHOLDER DISCUSSIONS FOCUS ON SUSTAINABLE BIOECONOMY
ORNL hosted guests from around the globe for a bioenergy tour of the Southeast to look at regional, national, and international opportunities and challenges in creating a sustainable bioeconomy. Check out a recap of the group’s five-day journey on Storify.
HIGH POWER, HIGH EFFICIENCY WIRELESS CHARGING
WORLD’S FIRST 20 KW SYSTEM FOR PASSENGER VEHICLES
ORNL’s wireless power transfer technology achieves 90 percent efficiency at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used for electric vehicles today. This ability can help accelerate the adoption and convenience of electric vehicles.
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