U.S. Department of Energy to increase the capacity and reduce the cost of batteries is 5 times


U.S. Department of Energy (MEA) has set a goal to develop over the next 5 years, energy storage technologies, which will be different in 5 times more capacity, and are 5 times cheaper than today.

To achieve this goal, Energy Secretary Steven Chu has decided to turn to the experience of the past.

He will try to repeat the experience of the Manhattan Project during World War II, during which the atomic bomb was developed. MES provides the Joint Research Centre in the field of energy storage, planning to spend on it $ 120 million over the next five years.

"When you need to get quick results, you have to find the best of the best scientists and engineers from various disciplines" - Chu said at a press conference.

In a project called The Battery and Energy Storage Hub will include six laboratories, five universities and four private companies: Dow Chemical, Applied Materials, Johnson Controls and Clean Energy Trust.

The purpose of this enterprise is to "accelerate obtain practical results," - said Chu. To do this as quickly as possible to make the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the private sector.

Improved battery technology will serve as a foundation on which will be based the development of transport and energy sectors, in particular, the preservation of solar and wind energy.

Chu said that the 5-fold improvement is designed to lower the price of batteries to a level where they can get the most widespread.

"We are very sensitive to prices," - Chu said, recalling that the fall in prices of mobile phones and personal computers has led to their widespread deployment.

The purpose of the project is not in single-step, incremental improvement of existing technology, but in the search for new approaches and "the rapid, abrupt going beyond existing limitations in electrochemical energy storage devices."

Original: Computerworld.com

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