DOE starts a 5- year, $120 Million battery research program

/ 4 years ago

The U.S. Department of Energy aims to bring development in battery technology and started a research project which will last 5 years. At a cost of $120 million for the next 5 years, it first plans to reproduce development environments that was used by Bell Laboratories during the World War II’s Manhattan project to produce an Atomic Bomb.

U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu mentioned in an interview that the department is hoping to see a 5x improvement and have a feasible solution for widespread adoption. However, to do so it requires a lab sophisticated enough to start RnD.

Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) is also working on batteries and storage hub since February. Alongside with massive funding, independent laboratories and universities are looking forward to be a part of this project. If both projects work out and are feasible option for mass production, expect a better battery life and storage for mobile devices.