Department of Energy to Invest in Electron Energy Corporation’s Rare
Earth Magnet Research
Electron Energy Corporation  (EEC), one of the world’s leading producers of rare earth magnets and magnet systems, announced today that the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy  (ARPA-E) will invest in its applied research project examining novel magnetic materials which reduce, eliminate or more efficiently utilize rare earth elements. EEC’s project will demonstrate an innovative, inexpensive processing route to produce next generation nanocomposite magnets in bulk form.
ARPA-E, a component of the Department of Energy established by Congress in 2006 to improve the technical innovation of the energy sector, will fund the EEC led team with $2,904,000 over the course of 3 years. U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu  and ARPA-E Deputy Directors Dr. Eric Toone  and Dr. Cheryl Martin  formally announced  the selection of EEC for award at 11 a.m. on a press call with national reporters in Washington, DC.
“We look forward to our work with ARPA-E on this program and hope to develop an economical, industrial scalable process for producing a very high performance, cost effective magnet,” said Peter Dent, Vice President of Business Development at EEC.
EEC will lead the research effort and combine its expertise with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  (PNNL), a Department of Energy Laboratory managed by DOE’s Office of Science , and Ames Laboratory  which is operated for DOE by Iowa State University. EEC and its collaborators will work to develop a new solid state processing technology which could transform how current magnets are fabricated. This process will directly result in exchange-coupled nanocomposites and has the potential to reduce the total rare earth content by 30 percent or more. It could also more than double the energy product of the magnets which is a key measure of magnet strength. The new process is continuous and scalable. It has promise to be a reliable and economical means to produce high energy-density magnets needed for advanced traction motors, wind power generators and many other applications.
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About Electron Energy Corporation
Electron Energy Corporation (EEC) offers unmatched expertise in rare earth magnets, assemblies and systems. Founded in 1970, EEC is a US supplier that develops and produces custom Samarium Cobalt (SmCo) and Neodymium-Iron-Boron (NdFeB) sintered permanent magnets, assemblies and systems. EEC is dedicated to improving rare earth magnet performance to meet the most technically demanding applications in aerospace, military, medical, electronics, and motion control markets. As world-renowned experts in material sciences, testing and 2-D/3-D Finite Element Analysis, our vertically integrated operation provides you with the full range of services to meet your magnetic needs. Visit www.electronenergy.com  or call 800-824-2735.