Department of Energy kicks off five-year, $120 million battery research program

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Work has begun at a new research hub coordinated by the US Department of Energy (DoE), with the aim of revolutionizing battery technology over the next five years. According to a Computerworld interview with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the ultimate goal of the project is to produce batteries which are five times more powerful than current technology at a fifth of the overall cost, with work being focused on products for transportation and the national power grid.

Now known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), the organization was announced in February as the Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, alongside $ 120 million in funding — the DoE then solicited applications from universities, independent laboratories, and…

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