The ReCell Center collaborating laboratories house unique world-class facilities to maximize research potential and accelerate innovation. Taken together, these provide a broad diversity of tools and the most complete suite of battery life-cycle R&D facilities in the nation:
- Advanced Photon Source
The Advanced Photon Source (APS) provides bright, high-energy storage ring-generated X-ray beams for research in almost all scientific disciplines.
- Materials Engineering Research Facility
The MERF serves as a user facility for process R&D, technoeconomic analysis, scale-up of new materials and validation of emerging manufacturing processes. This bridges the gap between small-scale laboratory research and high-volume manufacturing production.
- Materials Engineering Research Facility Expansion
The planned MERF expansion will support advanced manufacturing research with collaboration work space and new lab and high-bay space for research, validation, and scale-up. The collaborative space will open in late FY2019.
- Battery Recycling R&D Facility
The Facility consists of two new research areas being built inside Argonne’s Materials Engineering Research Facility. The lab space will house bench-scale equipment for battery recycling and a collaboration area. The process development and scale up space will house pilot-scale equipment typically used in battery recycling, an area for testing new processes and equipment, and an area for demonstration and testing of commercializable technologies developed at the facility. Combined, these new R&D areas will provide a focal point for the materials and process research at multiple levels.
- Cell Analysis, Modeling, and Prototyping (CAMP) Facility
The CAMP Facility enables the design, fabrication and characterization of high-quality prototype electrodes and cells based on the latest discoveries in battery materials.
- Electrochemical Analysis and Diagnostics Laboratory
The EADL provides reliable, independent, and unbiased evaluations of battery performance and life, which serve as progress measures for DOE and U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium projects.
- Post-Test Facility
Argonne’s Post-Test facility enables the identification of physical and chemical changes in aged batteries that reduce performance.
- Thermal Test Facility
The Energy Storage Lab housed in NREL’s Thermal Test Facility houses several revolutionary capabilities to improve the thermal performance, capacity, longevity, and durability of energy storage systems.
- Battery Manufacturing Facility
ORNL gives US manufacturers a boost by operating the country’s largest open-access battery manufacturing research and development center.
- Spallation Neutron Source
SNS produces neutrons with an accelerator-based system that delivers short (microsecond) proton pulses to a steel target filled with liquid mercury through a process called spallation. Those neutrons are then directed toward state-of-the-art instruments that provide a variety of capabilities to researchers.