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Argonne receives state funding for Energy Innovation Center

Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:37 a.m. CDT

LEMONT – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity delivered $1.25 million of the $5 million needed for the initial planning and design of the Energy Innovation Center at Argonne National Laboratory, according to a news release from state Sen. Christine Radogno, R-41st District, of Lemont.

The EIC will be home to the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a partnership of national laboratories, universities and industry. They will work together to develop clean energy storage technologies for hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles and the electricity grid, Radogno said in the release.

The state will give $35 million to build the 45,000-square-foot center, which will create 400 to 450 jobs, officials said. The EIC will consist of 18,000 square feet of office space and 27,000 square feet of lab space.

The new battery research initiative has the potential to transform the country’s energy landscape, Argonne Director Eric D. Isaacs said. Innovations from JCSER research could create thousands of jobs, both in Illinois and nationally, in the quick-growing advanced-battery sector, which is projected to expand from $10 billion to $50 billion internationally in the coming years.

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