Graphic of the Energy Materials Network train.

The new Energy Materials Network (EMN) model aims to dramatically decrease the time-to-market for advanced materials innovations.

Accelerating advanced materials development, from discovery through scale-up, has the potential to revolutionize whole industries and is critical for the United States to compete globally in manufacturing in the 21st century. However, today only a small fraction of materials innovations makes it to widespread adoption and commercialization. The goal of EMN is to dramatically decrease the time-to-market for advanced materials that are critical to manufacturing many clean energy technologies, enabling manufacturers of all sizes to develop and deliver innovative, made-in-America products to the world market.

Through targeted, lab-led consortia, EMN leverages federal funding to facilitate industry’s access to the unique scientific and technical resources at DOE’s national labs in high performance computing, synthesis and characterization, and high-impact experimentation. Each EMN consortium brings together leaders from the national labs, industry, and academia to focus on specific classes of materials aligned with industry’s most pressing energy challenges. Together, the EMN consortia form a network of advanced materials R&D capabilities and resources that support the Administration’s commitment to revitalizing American manufacturing and maintaining a competitive edge in U.S. energy dominance.