​​​​​​The 2020 Materials for Harsh Service Conditions (M4HSC) Workshop was coordinated by three different U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Offices: the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), and the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE). The event was held virtually October 27–30, 2020. The workshop brought together stakeholders from academia, industry, national laboratories, and DOE offices to identify the opportunities (paths for obtaining desirable goals), challenges (actionable tasks taken up along these paths), barriers (obstacles impeding advancement along the paths), and research and development (R&D) needs for enabling development of technology readiness level (TRL) 3–6 materials and materials systems, as well as their advancement into widespread commercial application.

This report identifies seven high-priority, crosscutting research directions for energy-producing and energy-intensive industries in which harsh service environments are experienced. Electrical power-generating technologies that could benefit include nuclear, renewable (e.g., wind, solar thermal, geothermal, and hydro), and combustion processes (e.g., hydrogen, natural gas, biomass, and coal).

Please direct any questions or comments you may have to Nick Lalena (Nick.Lalena@ee.doe.gov)