Researchers are committed to developing new batteries with Five times the power, Five times cheaper, and within Five years! The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $120 million award to Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, which seeks to deliver a breakthrough in new battery technology. The new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research will partner five laboratories, five universities, and four private sector firms to “transform the energy landscape” by developing advanced batteries with increased environmentally sound storage capacities and then move them quickly out of the lab and into the $42 billion worldwide marketplace. International competition in battery research is intense and the United States just Powered Up its game!