5 x 5 x 5 = Better Batteries

The new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research is intended to harken back to the kind of intense development environment used in WWII to produce the US atomic bomb. The goal is to produce battery and energy storage technology that is five times more powerful and five times cheaper than present, within five years time - a pretty aggressive agenda.

The Battery and Energy Storage Hub project will involve six national labs, five universities -- Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and University of Michigan -- and four private firms, Dow Chemical, Applied Materials, Johnson Controls, and Clean Energy Trust.