DoE To Renew Advanced Battery Program: $120 Milion Over 5 Years



The JCESR was established back in 2012 with an emphasis on the goal of “5-5-5” – batteries that are five times more powerful and five times cheaper, all in a five-year timeframe

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is set to renew the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). The JCESR is a DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by Argonne National Laboratory, focused on advancing the battery science and technology.

The JCESR is a partnership made up of national laboratories, universities, and an industrial firm. The DOE plans to allocate an annual funding for the JCESR in the amount of $24 million, for a total of $120 million over the five-year renewal period. The batteries are developed for various civilian and military usage.

Each of the five JCESR research Thrusts pushes the boundaries of scientific understanding, integrates with the other Thrusts, and advances the overall performance of prospective energy storage systems.

Each of the five JCESR research Thrusts pushes the boundaries of scientific understanding, integrates with the other Thrusts, and advances the overall performance of prospective energy storage systems.

CESR’s first five years have yielded important scientific breakthroughs, helped launch three startups—Blue Current, Sepion and Form Energy—and produced more than 380 published scientific papers. The knowledge we’ve gained has introduced new approaches to battery R&D and will guide our research in transformative materials for next generation batteries for many years in the future. – JCESR Director George Crabtree

JCESR used several computational methods, but also, they have screened more than 24,000 potential electrolyte and electrode compounds to help accelerate the search for new battery architectures. The full spectrum of research data on the matter was then made public to the broader battery research community. According to Green Car Reports, the vision for JCESR over the next five years is to invent and create disruptive new materials deliberately constructed from the bottom up. For these materials, the emphasis is put on a product in which each atom or molecule has a prescribed role in producing targeted overall materials behavior.

Additional JCESR research is set to be aimed at creating energy storage technology for a host of emerging applications. These include resilient future electric grids, distributed energy management for more reliable and efficient energy delivery under all conditions. Furthermore, they will focus on creating energy storage technology that could be used even in fast-charging electric vehicles and even regional electric flight. Currently, no single battery type is capable of filling all the widely varying requirements.

Source: Green Car Congress

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18 Comments on "DoE To Renew Advanced Battery Program: $120 Milion Over 5 Years"

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Always good to see more battery R&D

bradley cross

As long as its real and not wasted on “friends”. Especially when its taxpayer money.


YES ! Good To See , ” Minus The Secret Agendas”


Well.., Good Luck With the 5-5-5….So Much for that !


Obviously that goal wasn’t reached, but perhaps making the effort was worthwhile.

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” — Robert Browning


I’m absolutely delighted to see this program continue.

But $24M/year sure doesn’t buy much R&D. I’d be much happier if they spent 50 times that amount, per year. Properly spent, the tax payers would have no problem getting a return on their investment.


5yrs Have Yielded Important scientific “BS” Breakthroughs & Resulted With 3 More Startups to Line Their Pockets , with FREE MONEY At the Tax Payer’s Expense..Instead of Working On Improving What is Already Proven !


What is “already proven” is *not* enough to overcome major challenges, such as batteries for seasonal storage.

Also, the things proven today wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for this sort of research projects in the past.


If something is already proven, then why would you work more on it???

I believe the old story is – true or not – that Thomas Edison tried 3000 different potential filaments when he invented the light bulb. Point is, nobody knows exactly what the answer is for better battery technology and we have to go hunt for it. And this is what the hunt looks like.

The option of not hunting for better battery technology is that we let the Chinese beat us to it, and we’re forced to buy from the Chinese in the future. Not good for the trade deficit.


Government should Be Very Selective of Whom They Give R&D Money To & Prevent Scams…..I Don’t say To Stop Work On New Chemistry .. The Lithium Ion technology is proven & it works ..Lithium Has More Potential , We should try to make it better …just like Tesla is Doing As We work On New Chemistries .Then if we have a Breakthrough , GReat ! , But it will Take a long time to Develop & To Get it Online and Blend it in , to Replace the Present Chemistry which is Great & Could Get Much Better.. Breakthroughs Can Not Happen Overnight …


AFAIK it’s well documented that Edison — or rather, the people working for him — tried several thousand light bulb designs. That’s how they were able to come up with an actually practical one, unlike the dozen or so that were patented by other people before…


I’m surprised that DOE haven’t been cut like the EPA. Don’t tell Trump


Well, the DoE is responsible for the entire energy system — including coal plants… Indeed they have been trying to instrumentalise the DoE — run by another one of Trump’s cronies — to push the coal agenda. (Unsuccessfully thus far, as far as I know.)

It is indeed surprising though that they haven’t cut the renewables-related research projects…


Trump budget seek 72% cut to DOE clean energy research but the Congress did not approve. Even the GOP realized the importance of minimal funding for research.


FYI… I believe this story was first published at Green Car Congress, not Green Car Reports. The story was published on 18 Sept 2018.

Never the less, thanks for posting this story as I was not aware that this program is being continued. Very exciting news.


The source is what this article is based on, not who run an article on that topic first…


The last thing this government specially this administration is progress on batteries, just look at their track record. Do you really think big oil is going to allow it to happen? Can’t remember the battery company name but in the 90’s Chevron bought the company and patents then immediately close the doors.


Still a missing zero in the number but they are already getting more serious.