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.