Department of Energy

DOE Launches "Manhattan Project" for Battery Innovation

Hopefully they will not be dropped on Japan

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Think of it as a Manhattan Project, except instead of secret nuclear bombs, the end result is much better batteries for devices, electric vehicles and the power grid. That's at least one of the analogies used by the U.S. Department of Energy on Friday when it announced the launch of a new advanced research "Battery Hub," to the tune of a $120 million, five-year government grant.

The Battery Hub, as most of those involved refer to it — officially named the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR, pronounced "J Cesar") — will be led by scientists at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois (outside Chicago), will include actually include top researchers from a wide swath of some of the most prestigious institutions around the country, among them Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and other universities throughout the state and the Midwest.