Energy Secretary Brouillette to visit Ames lab that seeks U.S.-sourced battery materials
The nation's top energy official plans to visit Ames on Wednesday to tour a program that searches for alternatives to imported materials now needed to make batteries, solar panels and other products.
Department of Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette has scheduled a tour of the Critical Materials Institute, spokeswoman Jess Szymanski said Sunday.
The institute is part of the Energy Department's Ames National Laboratory at Iowa State University. The institute focuses on finding American-sourced materials that could replace materials such as lithium, cobalt, manganese and graphite, which often have to be imported from China and other countries.
Brouillette was confirmed in December 2019 as energy secretary, succeeding Rick Perry. He previously had been deputy energy secretary, and before that was an executive with the USAA financial firm and the Ford Motor Co.
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