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Batteries for Vehicles and the Electric Grid: Maximizing the Return on Federal R&D Investments

KEYWORDS: AMERICAN ENERGY INNOVATION COUNCIL (AEIC), LAMAR SMITH, PAUL TONKO, RANDY HULTGREN

WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2015 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

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Session One in AEIC’s “Partners in Ingenuity” series

Batteries are growing up—literally. Next-generation battery technologies are powering vehicles and connecting directly to the electric grid. As a result, international competition to develop and supply new battery technology has intensified in recent years. U.S. companies are fighting not just for market share, but also for technology leadership. What is the role of federal R&D investments, including the National Labs, in supporting U.S. competitiveness in next-generation battery technologies?

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) hosted a discussion on the linkages between federal R&D investment, next-generation battery technology development and U.S. business competitiveness.

The American Energy Innovation Council is a group of current and retired CEOs of major innovation-driven companies that advocate for greater federal investment in energy technology innovation. This discussion is the first in AEIC’s “Partners in Ingenuity” event series. Following AEIC’s February report, Restoring American Energy Innovation Leadership, “Partners in Ingenuity” will elevate conversations on the role of federal energy innovation investments in economic growth and international competitiveness.


Opening remarks by:

Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL)

Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL)

Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY)

Panel discussion featuring:

Jeff Chamberlain
Executive Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Argonne National Lab

Steve Levine
Washington Correspondent, Quartz
Author, “The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World”

Perry Wyatt
Director of Global Product Engineering, Johnson Controls Power Solutions

Moderated by:

Jason Burwen
Associate Director for Energy Innovation, BPC’s Energy Project