On July 15, President Obama made a trip to Holland, Michigan to visit the site of an advanced battery plant. As part of the funds from the Recovery Act, this would be the 9th plant to be built. The plant is proposed to create 300 new jobs, and be a sort of flagship for advanced batteries produced in the United States. The administration’s hope is that within five years, the United States will be producing 40 percent of the world’s demand for vehicular batteries.
Last year at our Storing Alternative Energies program, representatives from Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology discussed the present of where battery technology is, and what steps are being taken to ensure more efficient storage devices for the vehicles, homes, and devices of the future.