The US Department of Energy, a headline sponsor of EcoCAR 2, recently announced that it will be setting up an “innovation hub” for battery research at Argonne National Laboratory. The DOE will fund the new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research with up to $120 million over five years to help drive advancements in batteries for vehicles and the grid.
The announcement was revealed at a DOE press conference on November 30 that featured US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Argonne Director Eric Isaacs was also on hand to share the organization’s excitement over this new research opportunity.
“It’s a new operating model for doing R.&D., where you bring the discoverers, scientists like myself, and designers, who know how to think about putting those discoveries into prototypes, and finally manufacturers, people who build things, under one roof,’’ said Isaacs in this article from The New York Times.
Argonne has already supported battery science through a variety of programs, including EcoCAR 2! Every EcoCAR 2 vehicle design uses an on-board battery that can be recharged using a standard wall outlet to reduce fuel use. Teams diversified their architectures by using various combinations of fuel, transmission, battery system, electric motor, generator and charger choices.
For more on what is a momentous announcement for Argonne, the DOE and energy storage progress, visit: http://www.jcesr.org/