Lithium Valley…Suburban Chicago Site of Massive Research Into Energy Storage

By Melissa Hathaway

The Blue Gene/Q supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory debuted as the world's third slowest supercomputer. It is capable of 10 quadrillion floating-point operations per second and is entirely devoted to scientific research. (Argonne National Laboratory / U.S. Department of Energy)

Early this year the federal government selected the Argonne National Laboratory for a major research partnership into energy storage science and technology. The Joint Centre for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) brings together scientists, engineers, national laboratories and private industry with the goal of improving the storage capacity of lithium ion batteries five-fold. Their aim is to develop batteries that are five times more powerful and one-fifth the price in just five years. Funding for the project comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009), through which Argonne received $8.8 million. These funds will be used to build new labs where the team will not only design and test battery components but also scale up production. The funding is part of an ongoing investment by the federal government to reduce the price of electric cars while improving the distance they can travel, as well as creating new opportunities for electrical grid storage of wind and solar power.

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