New Effort to Develop Better Solar and Wind-Powered Batteries
Saturday, January 19, 2013
A multi-partner team, led by Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, has been awarded a five-year $120 Million federal Department of Energy grant to create the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu indicated the advanced battery research would be aimed at improving battery performance for electric vehicles, upgrading the electric grid, and allowing the nation to take greater advantage of intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. As part of this effort advanced battery research facilities will be located in Holland at Michigan State University’s Bioeconomics Institute and in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. Also involved in the project are four other national labs, Dow Chemical, Applied Materials, Johnson Controls, the Clean Energy Trust and Lakeshore Advantage, the Holland/Zeeland/Saugatuck economic development organization, as an affiliate member.
Bruce Goodman practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His environmental expertise includes air quality permitting work, compliance counseling on air emissions, state and federal enforcement defense issues, and environmental management program development. His energy expertise includes negotiating numerous electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. He regularly posts to his blog...