DOE awards $120 million for solar/wind batteries

Argonne National Laboratory, source of the Chevy Volt battery, is the site of the new JCESR for developing better solar and wind batteries. (Credit: Chevrolet)

Examiner.com — Friday November 30, 2012, the United States Department of Energy announced $120 million is going to 5 colleges and four private firms for a five year project to be run by the new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). The focus will be the development of batteries for storing solar and wind generated energy batteries and for the electrical grid.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said, “Advanced battery technologies can and will play an increasingly valuable role in strengthening America’s energy and economic security by reducing our oil dependence, upgrading our aging power grid, and allowing us to take greater advantage of intermittent energy sources like wind and solar.” Read more.

Posted December 3, 2012