FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky is working to
expand research into advanced battery technology by constructing
laboratories at the Center for Applied Energy Research.
Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday that the university has
received an $11.8 million grant from the National Institute of
Standards and Technology for a nearly 36,000 square-foot lab
The overall project will cost $15.8 million, with the state
kicking in $3 million and the university $1 million.
Beshear touted the project as important for Kentucky, the
nation's third-leading producer of cars and light trucks, to
position itself to produce plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The governor said the laboratories will also boost research into
the use of biomass for biofuels and electricity generation.
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