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GOP Senators: Why Did DOE Give China Advanced Battery Technology?

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  • GOP senators want to know why the Department of Energy apparently transferred advanced battery technology to China. They’ve asked the DOE’s Inspector General to investigate the matter.
  • The senators: “We are concerned that this is an overt dereliction of duty by DOE, and that this case may be emblematic of a department that routinely and flippantly permits government-funded technology to be transferred to China.”
  • The technology, developed over six years, would allow the power sources to be charged and recharged for 30 years without degrading.
  • Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received a $15 million government grant for the project.

 

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