News: 2009 Archived News Items
Kentucky, Argonne Labs (Illinois) partner to build a domestic battery industry for hybrids
Argonne Director Robert Rosner (left) and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear ink an agreement to establish a national Battery Manufacturing R&D Center.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the University of Kentucky (UK) and University of Louisville (U of L) are partnering with Argonne National Laboratory to establish a national Battery Manufacturing R&D Center to help develop and deploy a domestic supply of advanced battery technologies for vehicle applications that will aid in securing U.S. energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help in strengthening the economy.
“Advanced batteries will play a significant role in the future energy and economic security of the United States,” said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. “At this time, nearly all large-scale advanced battery production is in Asia, with the United States having only limited manufacturing capabilities. To address this situation, the United States must quickly develop improved advanced battery technologies and significantly ramp up domestic production capabilities in order to become the hands-down global leader of these technologies.”
“The Kentucky-Argonne partnership will help in turning the tide on U.S. battery development and support President Obama's goal to have one million Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles on the road by 2015,” said Argonne Director Robert Rosner. “It will help to bridge the gap between research and commercialization by facilitating the development and deployment of advanced manufacturing processes for lithium-ion and other advanced batteries.”
For more information:
Kentucky, Argonne partner to help build domestic battery industry - Argonne National Laboratory News Release (Apr. 8, 2009)