DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program is responsible for researching and improving energy storage technologies for a wide range of vehicle applications. These include hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and battery electric vehicles (EVs). The effort includes multiple activities – hardware development with industry (United Stated Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC)), mid-term R&D (Applied Battery Research (ABR)), and focused fundamental research (Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT)). The three energy storage R&D activities are designed to complement each other. The USABC’s goal is to support the development of a domestic advanced battery industry whose products can meet the technical goals. The ABR program assists industrial developers overcome the key barriers to the use of lithium-ion batteries for transportation applications; mainly safety, life and cost. The BATT program addresses fundamental issues of chemistries and materials associated with lithium batteries. This lecture will describe the research being pursued.
Tien Duong is currently manager for the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) activity at the U.S. Department of Energy. The focus of the BATT activity is conducting research and development on the next generation of battery technologies - beyond lithium ion batteries. He has been a staff member of the Energy Storage R&D of the Vehicle Technologies Program since 1994. He was manager of the Energy Storage R&D Effort from 1999 to 2003, and was team lead of the Hybrid and Electric Systems Team from 2004 to 2008. Before joining the Department of Energy, Tien worked as a senior electrical engineer at the U.S. Army Belvoir Research and Development Engineering Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He conducted power assessments, design modifications, and testing of generator sets in support of the Department of Defense Project Manager Mobile Electric Power (PM-MEP).
He studied Chemistry at the University of Saigon, Vietnam before emigrating to the United States in 1979. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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