Johns Hopkins aims to boost Baltimore with new energy Lab.

By Oliver Townsend Jun 28, 2024
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Johns Hopkins University is launching a new renewable energy lab above R House in Remington, aiming to bolster Baltimore’s reputation as a tech hub for sustainability innovation. The lab, part of the Ralph S. O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute (ROSEI), secured a state government grant to establish the energy technology lab in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood.

State Grant Secures Expansion

The Maryland Department of Commerce’s Build Our Future Grant Pilot Program and Fund awarded a $1.25 million grant to ROSEI. This grant will support the institute’s expansion from basic office space to a headquarters called R.Labs, which will feature 12,000 square feet of research laboratories and an advanced materials discovery and manufacturing process center.

Focus on Energy Transition Innovations

The R.Labs New Energy/Tech Infrastructure Hub will concentrate on innovations in energy transition, such as carbon management, energy storage, wind power, and grid optimization. The Build Our Future fund aims to provide grants for innovation infrastructure projects across various sectors, including energy and sustainability.

Research and Innovation

The lab will embark on research in portable electric battery design and manufacturing, power control systems for offshore wind developments, modeling and simulations of increasing renewables and distributed energy resources, and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to address clean energy challenges.

Enhancing Accessibility

Local technology companies and startups without the resources to establish their own advanced labs will have access to the new space. The renovated R.Labs facility is expected to be completed in late 2025, offering a collaborative environment for sustainable energy innovation and research.

Fulfilling a Vision

ROSEI’s founding director, Ben Schafer, has long envisioned an advanced clean energy facility. With the launch of R.Labs, this vision will become a reality, providing a platform for cutting-edge research, collaboration, and innovation in the field of renewable energy.

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