HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- This city, home to two advanced battery producers and many suppliers, will now add a research component.
Lakeshore Advantage, the area's economic development agency, announced Friday it will become an affiliate partner in a $120 million federal Department of Energy grant.
It will create the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research with its epicenter at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. The purpose of the grant is to help achieve breakthroughs in energy storage technology.
"We are thrilled to be a part of this program with Argonne Labs, one of the world's leading research institutes in battery technology," said Randy Thelen, president of Lakeshore Advantage. "Their invitation for us to participate further validates West Michigan's expertise and importance in the advanced energy storage industry."
Thelen says while the specific impact in dollars and jobs for the Holland community is not yet known, the position of Lakeshore Advantage as an affiliate in the grant means area companies will have access to top battery researchers and greater commercialization opportunities. West Michigan colleges and universities, including Hope College, Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Michigan State University will have additional opportunities to partner on advanced energy storage research projects.