May 29, 2012 – CalCEF, which creates institutions and investment vehicles for the clean energy economy, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) today announced a partnership to launch CalCharge, a consortium uniting California’s emerging and established battery technology companies with critical academic and government resources. By bringing together the dozens of battery companies and institutions in California working on applications for consumer electronics batteries, electric/hybrid vehicle transportation and the electric grid, Berkeley Lab, CalCEF, along with other Bay Area academic institutions, aim to create a regional ecosystem for innovation in energy storage that will not only jumpstart a new era of battery technologies but also help ensure that U.S. companies succeed in this highly competitive environment (for the rest of the article go here)
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Nov. 30, 2012 – U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced on November 30 that a multi-partner team led by Argonne National Laboratory was awarded $120M over five years to establish an Energy Innovation Hub in Batteries and Energy Storage, known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is a strategic partner in this project.
JCESR will build on and enhance Berkeley Lab’s 50-year legacy of scientific leadership in electrochemistry and electrochemical storage. The Lab already conducts major projects in the field of lithium-ion batteries, lithium metal batteries, lithium sulfur batteries, sodium batteries, flow batteries and fuel cells.
Berkeley Lab’s Venkat Srinivasan will serve as the JCESR Deputy Director for Integration. Over the past three years, Dr. Srinivasan was instrumental in the conception and acquisition of the federal project.
A core motivation of the DOE energy innovation hubs is to integrate the continuum from fundamental research through to development and technology deployment. In this pursuit, Berkeley Lab will continue to seek and reinforce close interactions with industry.
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