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DOE establishes a new battery and energy storage hub

Narrator:       This is Science Today. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is participating in an effort to establish a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub. The Joint Center for Energy Storage and Research will include five U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, five universities and four private firms. Berkeley Lab battery scientist Venkat Srinivasan says they'll be making huge advances in battery technology as part of the hub.

Srinivasan:    Think about electric cars that can go hundreds of miles on a single charge; or batteries that you can use in your home, just charged during the day with solar panels and used during the night. Think of batteries that will be really cheap and last a long, long time. So, we'll be spending our days working on these kinds of problems and we love the tough ones because it means we can have a lot of fun doing them right.

Narrator:       The team has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years and is part of a national energy strategy to reduce the country's reliance on foreign oil and lower energy costs for U.S. consumers. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.