YOUNGSTOWN — The U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with Youngstown State University to advance workforce development for the battery manufacturing industry.
The $1 million project will develop an Energy Storage Workforce Innovation Center to further educate and develop the clean energy workforce in Northeast Ohio.
“This partnership is a great example of how government can work to bolster efforts on the ground in our community to dominate in the clean energy economy,” U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, said in a news release. “The electric energy industry is not only a major key to reigniting American competitiveness, but also to reigniting our workforce here in Northeast Ohio. With Lordstown Motors, BRITE Energy Innovators, the GM-LG Chem battery plant and Youngstown State and others, our region is leading the world in creating the energy of the future and putting Voltage Valley on the map.”The project is sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office and the Advanced Manufacturing Office. It’s part of a department-wide effort to accelerate innovation across a range of storage technologies and develop a skilled workforce based on three concepts: Innovate Here, Make Here and Deploy Everywhere.