US Secretary of Energy - Steven Chu - AP
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan is expected to get two new advanced battery research facilities as part of a partnership involving the U.S. Department of Energy.
The office of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says a conference call is planned Friday afternoon with officials including Energy Secretary Steven Chu to discuss the project. She says one facility is planned for the southwestern Michigan city of Holland and the other is planned for Ann Arbor.
A statement from Stabenow's office says the centers are "further cementing Michigan's global leadership role in the advanced battery industry."
The Democrat authored legislation to create new coordinated national battery research facilities that bring together university and private sector research efforts.