|LEMONT, Ill. (AP)--Argonne National Laboratory has been chosen to lead a national research initiative on improving batteries for electric and hybrid cars.
The U.S. Department of Energy chose Argonne to lead the effort after a national competition. The lab southwest of Chicago will receive up to $120 million over five years. The project may lead to more efficient, smaller batteries for vehicles and to augment intermittent energy sources like wind and solar power.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn celebrated Friday's announcement.
The project is the fourth so-called "Energy Innovation Hub" created by the Energy Department since 2010. Others are devoted to modeling and simulation of nuclear reactors, achieving major improvements in the energy efficiency of buildings and developing fuels from sunlight.