US Department of Energy to Launch Advanced Battery Energy Innovation Hub

Bridges, vol. 33, May 2012 / Noteworthy Information

In February 2012, US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced plans to launch a new Energy Innovation Hub for advanced research on batteries and energy storage, with an investment of up to $120 million over five years. The hub, which will be funded at up to $20 million in fiscal year 2012, will focus on accelerating research and development of electrochemical energy storage for transportation and the electric grid. The interdisciplinary research and development through the new Energy Innovation Hub will help advance cutting-edge energy storage and battery technologies that can be used: a) to improve the reliability and efficiency of the electrical grid, b) to better integrate clean, renewable energy technologies as part of the electrical system, and c) for electric and hybrid vehicles that will reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

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Energy Innovation Hubs are designed to bring together teams of scientists and engineers across intellectual disciplines to rapidly accelerate scientific discoveries and to shorten the path from laboratory innovation to technological development and commercial deployment of critical energy technologies. The hubs are part of the Obama Administration's broad-based clean energy research strategy aimed at harnessing American innovation to achieve needed breakthroughs in important energy technologies, with the goal of growing the clean energy economy and generating new clean energy jobs.

The new DOE hub, the fourth since 2010, will join hubs for artificial photosynthesis, advanced simulation of light water reactors, and energy-efficient buildings.

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