The memorandum of understanding (MOU) initiates a relationship between our institutions to better leverage our inherently complementary energy research strengths—focusing on R&D activity in utility-scale power and includes energy storage (batteries, capacitors), grid integration of renewable-energy resources, real-time residential and industrial energy management and control, lifetime degradation and science and various forms of advanced energy generation, particularly solar and wind. As the relationship grows, it may broaden as both institutions are drawn more deeply into new relationships with third parties. The nature and scope of the collaborations initially includes, but is not limited to
- research into lifetime degradation, science, and reliability, with applications in energy storage, grid, solar, and other energy fields;
- exploring opportunities for strategic use of the Advanced Materials Laboratory to develop substantive collaborative research programs, for instance polymers and nanostructures;
- understanding the chemistries of ionic liquids, flow batteries, and other electrochemical applications;
- research to further utility and market acceptance through building energy storage validation and testing capabilities;
- sharing expertise to advance manufacturing and modeling and use of laboratory strengths (e.g., additive manufacturing such as Sandia’s spray lab and direct write capabilities); and
- exploring exchange programs involving talented personnel, including post-doctoral candidates, students, and summer faculty.