Stimulus package to help battery technologies; blog sees engineering opportunities

The latest economic stimulus bill contains more than a few opportunities, such as $2 billion in grants for the manufacturing of advanced batteries and components. Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine has an engineering blog called "Give and Take" that "picks apart the stimulus bill."

02/16/2009


Washington, DC; Oak Brook, IL – The latest economic stimulus bill contains more than a few opportunities, such as $2 billion in grants for the manufacturing of advanced batteries and components. Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine has an engineering blog called "Give and Take" that "picks apart the stimulus bill – the actual legislative text – and provides hyperlinks and annotations that link the bill to the numerous Acts, organizations, etc., that are referenced within it," says Michael G. Ivanovich, editor in chief, Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) .
"The goal is to show readers where energy and construction stimulus spending will ultimately go, so they can take action to get a piece of the billions," he says.
High-tech battery funding opportunity
For example, this section of the blog post talks about "facility funding" for high-tech batteries: "Provided further, that $2,000,000,000 shall be available for grants for the manufacturing of advanced batteries and components and the Secretary shall provide facility funding awards under this section to manufacturers of advanced battery systems and vehicle batteries that are produced in the United States, including advanced lithium ion batteries, hybrid electrical systems, component manufacturers, and software designers: [Note: here's an example of text from a previous 'facility funding award,' which will give you an idea of what this $2 billion grant could go toward - basically construction and equipment upgrades.]"
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Also read: White House tells where $789 billion is going , from the Obama administration.
– Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
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