U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu was joined by Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week to unveil plans for a next generation battery hub known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at the Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago.

The federal government will provide up to $120 million over five years to establish the new battery and energy storage hub. Five DOE national laboratories, five universities, and four private firms will participate in the research to advance the next generation of battery and energy storage technologies.

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