PNNL wins R&D award for fast-charging battery technology

Battery research from PNNL was recognized as a top innovation for 2012.

Battery research from PNNL was recognized as a top innovation for 2012. 

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced Wednesday that the lab won two R&D 100 awards, known in the industry as the "Oscars of Innovation."

PNNL, the U.S. Department of Energy lab run by Batelle in Richland, Wash., shared an award for fast-charging battery technology with Vorbeck Materials Corp. of Jessup, Md., and Princeton University.

A collaboration of researchers from the three institutions demonstrated that ultra-thin sheets of carbon atoms can improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. The breakthrough could result in quick-charging batteries for electric vehicles and smart phones alike. The same technology could be used to bring down the cost of high-performance batteries.

PNNL is a center for battery technology research, attracting a number of researchers last year for a symposium on better, faster and cheaper batteries.

PNNL researchers also won an award for their work to improve air quality in combined spaces, an innovation that's making submarines a healthier environment for sailors.

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