The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory, has gained ten new affiliates to its research program, seeking ways to eliminate and reduce reliance on rare-earth metals and other materials critical to the success of clean energy technologies.
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At a launch meeting held last week at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, the scientists and engineers of CaloriCoolTM, a materials research consortium, began making the to-do list for an ambitious goal: improving the energy-efficiency of refrigeration technology by 20 to 30 percent within a decade through the use of caloric materials for cooling. CaloriCoolTM is led by the Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, and sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through its Advanced
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory will play a key role in the Lightweight Materials National Lab Consortium, or LightMAT. The recently announced consortium consists of nine DOE national laboratories and will focus on developing and deploying lightweight materials for industry more quickly and at a fraction of current costs to strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.