$120 million DOE grant boosts California energy storage accelerator

CalCharge — a partnership between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CalCEF — will play a central role in the newly announced Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), the latest U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub.

JCESR, led by Argonne National Laboratory in Indiana, will combine the R&D power of five DOE national laboratories, five universities and four private firms, all committed to advances in battery performance and energy storage. The DOE’s commitment includes up to $120 million in funding over the next five years.

The formation of CalCharge was announced earlier this year, with an operational launch planned for the first quarter of 2013. CalCharge will bring together emerging and established California companies, academic and research institutions, government bodies, and financing sources to jumpstart a new era of energy storage technologies for the electric/hybrid vehicle, grid, and consumer electronics markets.

Through its programs, CalCharge will enable diverse stakeholders to collaborate, identify barriers to emerging technology success, develop solutions and help provide access to resources that clear the path to commercialization.

JCESR is the fourth Energy Innovation Hub established by the DOE since 2010. The other DOE hubs are focused on efficient buildings, fuels from sunlight and nuclear energy. Plans call for a fifth hub to focus on critical materials research.

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