DOE creates a batteries and energy storage dream team — A group of government labs, universities and private companies led by Argonne National Laboratory has been picked by DOE for a $120 million award to speed up R&D in advanced battery technologies for electric and hybrid cars and energy storage for the grid.

As Energy Secretary Steven Chu put it, “Based on the tremendous advances that have been made in the past few years, there are very good reasons to believe that advanced battery technologies can and will play in 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.”

The Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, formally titled the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), is intended to bring together top scientists, engineers and manufacturers and back them up with the resources, tools and market research they need to develop major breakthroughs in advanced technologies. Read more.

Posted December 3, 2012