Future Battery R&D Directions Discussed

Photo of meeting with Tien Duong leading
August 2010

Tien Duong, the Department of Energy's BATT Program Manager, discusses the past achievements and future of advanced battery research.

Advanced battery researchers from around the U.S. gathered at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory June 27 to discuss future directions for the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program. BATT's Department of Energy Program Manager, Tien Duong (pictured), established the tone of the proceedings with a talk reviewing successes from DOE-funded research over the past two decades. He discussed R&D contributions that helped bring to the marketplace technologies like the nickel metal hydride batteries used in today's hybrid vehicles, and the positive funding outlook for advanced batteries research.

The all-day meeting drew BATT program researchers from Berkeley Lab, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Case Western Reserve, Deppe Consulting, Drexel, Energy & Environmental Resources Group, Hydro-Quebec, MIT, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, North Carolina State, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Penn State University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the SouthWest Research Institute, Stanford, University of Kentucky, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rhode Island, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Utah.