Holland charges up with new battery-research facility


A new energy research team funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to work on advanced batteries and energy storage will include the MSU Bio-economy Institute in Holland and another research lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Two companies in Michigan, including Johnson Controls in Holland, also will be part of the team, according to announcements today from DOE and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Energy secretary Steven Chu said the multi-partner team led by Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago will be funded with up to $120 million over five years to establish a research hub to be known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research.

Johnson Controls and Dow Chemical Co. in Midland are two of the four companies selected to be heavily involved in the multi-state project, working with scientists and engineers from five DOE national laboratories and five universities.

Johnson Controls is already producing specialized lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

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