While the funding may not have been make-or-break for them, Matthew McDowell, associate professor of engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, said the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act have “dramatically” transformed the U.S. battery manufacturing sector in the past three years. He is excited, he said, about the next generation of batteries for clean energy storage, including solid state batteries, which could potentially hold more energy than lithium ion.

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A truck is parked betwenn brine evaporation ponds at Albemarle Corp's Silver Peak lithium facility, Oct 6, 2022, in Silver Peeak, Nev. The Energy Department is making a push to strenghten the U.S. battery supply chain, announcing Wednesday, Nov 15, 2023, up to $3.5 billion for companies that produce batteries and the critical minerals that go into them. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
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