Argonne Lab Becomes Advanced Battery Technology Hub
Argonne National Laboratory will be the home of a new center charged with developing advanced batteries for electric vehicles and alternative energy sources — a designation expected to bring in as much as $120 million in federal research funds.
Building the Joint Center of Energy Storage Research at Argonne also will make the Chicago area an international hub for creating and manufacturing a new generation of powerful, affordable batteries that could help reduce U.S. dependence on fossil fuels, officials predicted Thursday.
“This is going to be a big deal,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “I think it’s going to make Chicago the epicenter of battery research and development.”
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