Login

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

spectre battery 555

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 private companies keen to be involved. As a result, the Center is being directed by George Crabtree of the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, with five nearby universities, including Northwestern and the University of Chicago, also taking part.

The organization was announced in February

The DoE is keen to stress the similarities between JCESR and previous intensive research drives such as the Manhattan Project, though the two are hardly comparable in terms of funding — still, the hub's work could have national implications, improving the efficiency of renewable energy sources such as wind turbines and allowing them to adapt to varying demand. Perhaps more exciting, JCESR's work on large-scale storage could very well trickle down into the consumer market over the course of the next decade, though it may be some time before the technology starts appearing in the likes of smartphones and tablets.

The Verge
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.