INL News Release
July 14, 2014

Keith Arterburn, 208-351-2999,
Misty Benjamin, 208-526-5940,

Idaho researchers win two R&D 100 Awards

IDAHO FALLS — The U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory won two R&D 100 Awards in the 2014 international competition hosted by R&D Magazine. The annual competition recognizes the top 100 inventions of the past year.

The winning INL technologies could improve advanced battery design, and speed scientific discovery with advanced simulation capabilities.

"The exceptional work of INL researchers has once again earned top honors in the annual R&D 100 competition," said Todd Allen, INL deputy lab director for Science and Technology. "We could not be more proud of them."

Both winning technologies relate to innovative modeling systems.

The Advanced Electrolyte Model (AEM) is a powerful tool that analyzes and identifies potential electrolytes for battery systems. It offers significant resource savings by optimizing material combinations for new batteries. AEM predicts and reports key properties underlying electrolyte behavior in the electrochemical cell environment. (Learn more in the video here:

The Multiphysics Object Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) makes it easier for scientists to predict phenomena ranging from nuclear fuel and reactor performance to groundwater and chemical movement. Such simulations can help speed the pace of scientific discovery but traditionally required more computing resources than most scientists and engineers could readily access. (Learn more in the video here:

"These awards recognize the tremendous value of our national labs," said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. "Research and development at the national labs continues to help our nation address its energy challenges and pursue the scientific and technological innovations necessary to remain globally competitive."

INL nominated three technologies for the 2014 R&D 100 Award competition and now has earned a total of 50 R&D 100 Awards since 1986.

Idaho National Laboratory is part of the Department of Energy’s complex of national laboratories. INL is the nation’s leading center of nuclear energy research and development, performing work in each of DOE's strategic goal areas — energy systems, science and innovation, nuclear safety and security. Battelle Energy Alliance manages INL's day-to-day operations.

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