August 29, 2011

Should DC Throw Our Money Behind Battery Tech?

Joe Gertner, New York Times


Andrew Bettles for The New York Times

You can drive almost anywhere in the state of Michigan — pick a point at random and start moving — and you will soon come upon the wreckage of American industry. If you happen to be driving on the outer edge of Midland, you’ll also come upon a cavern of steel beams and ductwork, 400,000 square feet in all. When this plant, which is being constructed by Dow Kokam, a new venture partly owned by Dow Chemical, is up and running early next year, it will produce hundreds of thousands of advanced lithium-ion battery cells for hybrid and electric cars. Just as important, it will provide about 350 jobs in a state with one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates. . .

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: electric cars, New York Times, manufacturing, batteries

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

May 9, 2012
Energy Storage: It's All About Software
Ucilia Wang, Forbes
Novel batteries for storing solar and wind energy have gotten a lot of attention from researchers and investors, but they can’t do their job without software that tells them when and how much energy to charge and discharge.... more ››
May 17, 2012
The Right Way to Regulate Gas Drilling
Stephanie Meadows, NY Times
Shale development is subject to multiple federal and state regulations. The states understand the local geology and hydrology. They are regulating hydraulic fracturing effectively and continue to get better by working with... more ››
May 14, 2012
The "Nuclear Renaissance" Will Cost Us
Andrew Revkin, NY Times
The flagship project of a hoped-for but not-yet-realized “nuclear renaissance,” the Vogtle 3 and 4 reactors under construction near Augusta, Ga., may cost about $900 million more than had been estimated. . . more ››
May 10, 2012
A Fresh Look at Clouds in the Greenhouse
NY Times Green Blog
Here’s a deeper look at some of the points explored by Justin Gillis in his article earlier this week on the persistent questions, and hints of answers, surrounding how clouds will respond as concentrations of greenhouse gases... more ››
May 7, 2012
The End of Clean Energy Subsidies?
Editorial, New York Times
The federal government has given generously to the clean energy industry over the last few years, funneling billions of dollars in grants, loans and tax breaks to renewable power sources like wind and solar, biofuels and... more ››