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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

"These new hubs will bring together Michigan's innovative businesses and universities from across the state to create more breakthroughs in advanced battery technologies right here in Michigan," she said.

Some people have been critical of the government's big investments in the technology, including the $249 million federal grant awarded to A123 Systems three years ago. The company's bankruptcy filing stoked Republican criticism of President Barack Obama's support for "green" energy companies and A123 became an issue in the presidential campaign.

Chu said in a release Friday that "tremendous advances" have come in the past few years.

"There are very good reasons to believe that advanced battery technologies can and will play an increasingly valuable role in strengthening America's energy and economic security ... upgrading our aging power grid and allowing us to take greater advantage of intermittent energy sources like wind and solar."