Senator: Mich. to get battery research facilities

Senator: Michigan to get 2 new advanced battery research facilities in Holland, Ann Arbor

Associated Press

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan is expected to get two new advanced battery research facilities as part of a five-year, up to $120 million partnership involving the U.S. Department of Energy.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow joined other officials including Energy Secretary Steven Chu Friday to announce the project. She said in a release that one facility is planned for the southwestern Michigan city of Holland and the other is planned for Ann Arbor.

The University of Michigan says it's expected to get $7 million as part of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, which is led by the Argonne National Laboratory. The Holland facility will be at Michigan State University's Bio-economy Institute.

Stabenow says the centers are "further cementing Michigan's global leadership role in the advanced battery industry."

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