September 19 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DoE) on Tuesday said it plans to provide USD 120 million (EUR 103m) over five years to renew a DoE energy innovation hub focused on battery science and technology.
The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), led by Argonne National Laboratory, was created in December 2012 and the decision to renew it followed a successful review of its first five years' performance, the DoE said.
The centre's future work will focus on developing new battery materials "from the bottom up," according to the announcement. Efforts will concentrate particularly on the development of multivalent battery designs that offer significantly higher energy capacity than today's lithium-ion batteries, as well as on new concepts for flow batteries for the grid.
Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar said that battery improvements are of key importance to the future of both transportation and the electric grid. "JCESR is one of our most important centers of discovery and innovation for electrical energy storage and will be critical in laying the scientific groundwork for the next generation of battery technology," Dabbar added.
(USD 1 = EUR 0.855)