Energy Materials Network

High performance materials, including both functional materials and structural materials, hold the key to innovation across many critical energy technologies critical to national security and economic growth. But with ambitious national targets to increase America’s energy supply and reduce energy costs for the consumer, advanced materials’ traditional 15-20 years-to-market timeframe isn’t keeping pace with America’s goals to achieve a dominant clean energy economy.

Through the Energy Materials Network (EMN), the Energy Department is taking a different approach to materials research and development (R&D) that aims to accelerate solutions to the nation’s toughest materials challenges in the energy sector. The EMN has established a network of laser-focused consortia leveraging the world-class capabilities at the Energy Department’s national laboratories to better integrate all phases of R&D, from discovery to scale-up. The EMN consortia are set up to facilitate stakeholder access to the national laboratories’ capabilities, tools, and expertise to accelerate the materials development cycle and enable U.S. manufacturers to deliver innovative, made-in-America products to the world market. 

Each EMN consortium brings together leaders from the national labs, industry, and academia to focus on specific classes of materials aligned with the nation’s most pressing energy challenges. Each consortium has its own website with a designated point-of-contact dedicated to facilitating stakeholder engagements.  The EMN consortia that have been launched to date are highlighted below:

EMN Consortia

Focused on advanced water splitting materials, for the photoelectrochemical, thermochemical, and advanced electrolytic hydrogen production pathways.
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Hydrogen Materials – Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC)
Focused on addressing scientific gaps impeding the development of improved hydrogen storage materials.
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Electrocatalysis Consortium (ElectroCat)
Replacing platinum group metals in hydrogen fuel cells with inexpensive and more abundant substitutes, e.g., iron and cobalt.
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Lightweight Materials Consortium (LightMat)
Focused on materials that reduce vehicle weight to increase fuel efficiency, such as metal alloys and carbon fiber composites.
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Durable Module Materials Consortium (DuraMat)
Focused on durable photovoltaic (PV) module materials to further optimize reliability and capacity of low-cost PV modules.
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Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio)
Dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes.
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H-Mat: Hydrogen Materials Consortium
Focused on the study of metals and polymers of interest in hydrogen infrastructure and onboard fuel cell electric vehicles.
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Legacy Consortia

Caloric Materials Consortium (CaloriCool™)
Focused on development of caloric materials for cooling applications.
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