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Senator: Mich. to get battery research facilities

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm •  Published: November 30, 2012

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan was selected for two new advanced battery research facilities as part of a five-year, up to $120 million partnership involving the U.S. Department of Energy, officials announced Friday.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow joined other officials including Energy Secretary Steven Chu to announce the project. She said in a release that one facility is planned for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the other at Michigan State University's Bioeconomy Institute in the southwestern Michigan city of Holland. Both are part of Argonne National Laboratory's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research.

The University of Michigan said it's expected to get $7 million and its portion will involve about a dozen researchers. Details about the Michigan State facility weren't available Friday afternoon.

Companies involved in the project include Midland-based Dow Chemical and Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. Johnson Controls announced last month it would buy the automotive business of battery maker A123 Systems Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection, including its two Michigan factories.

Stabenow said in the release that the centers are "further cementing Michigan's global leadership role in the advanced battery industry."

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