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Michigan – Working the Green

Way to go, Govenor!

In 1800, Alessandro Volta made the first battery by layering plates of silver and zinc with blotting paper that had been soaked in salt water, he called it a voltaic pile. Each layer in the pile increased the battery’s voltage. In 1859, a French physicist named Gaston Plante created the lead acid cell. It later became the world’s first rechargeable battery.

lithium-ion-battery-4Lithium-ion batteries (sometimes abbreviated Li-ion batteries) are a type of rechargeable battery in which a lithium ion moves between the anode and cathode. The lithium ion moves from the anode to the cathode during discharge and in reverse, from the cathode to the anode, when charging. Lithium-ion batteries can be formed into a wide variety of shapes and sizes so as to efficiently fill available space in the devices they power. They’re generally much lighter than other types of rechargeable batteries of the same size. The electrodes of a lithium-ion battery are made of lightweight lithium and carbon. Lithium is also a highly reactive element, meaning that a lot of energy can be stored in its atomic bonds. This translates into a very high energy density for lithium-ion batteries. Plus there is no issue with the memory effect, like the nickel-cadium does. When a nickel-cadium battery is recharged before it discharges the majority of its power, it essentially “forgets” that it could fully discharge to begin with. This problem is termed the memory effect.

But there are still some drawbacks to the lithium-ion battery technology. Li-ion batteries are not as durable as nickel metal hydride or nickel-cadmium designs, and can be extremely dangerous if mistreated. They may explode if overheated or if charged to an excessively high voltage and they can be irreversibly damaged if discharged below a certain voltage. Therefore protection circuits are required that add to the weight and cost.

These drawbacks are a major hurdle in powering a new generation of cleaner, more fuel-efficient, and cost effective cars and trucks. But in an outstanding example of public-private collaboration, that hurdle may have just been cleared.

car-batteryOn Tuesday April 14, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced that Michigan’s aggressive effort to grow the advanced-battery industry and the jobs it will create has resulted in four companies announcing plans to invest more than $1.7 billion to launch advanced-battery manufacturing facilities in Michigan. The projects that will create 6,683 new jobs in Michigan were awarded state refundable tax credits that will help the companies in their quest for some of the $2 billion in federal grants for advanced-battery research and development. The four companies are: Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions LLC, LG Chem-Compact Power Inc., KD Advanced Battery Group LLC, and A123Systems Inc.

“Today marks a defining moment for Michigan’s future as we see a new industry begin to take root and grow new jobs,” Granholm said. “Thanks to the most aggressive economic strategy of any state in the country, Michigan, the global center of automotive research and development, is positioned to lessen the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and become the advanced battery capital of the world.”

Now that’s the way to create jobs, go green, and stimulate the economy! The state of Michigan is facilitating growth to address critical needs: sustainable technologies and manufacturing prowess. This is what the other 49 Governors should be doing. Or you listening Gov. Perry?….Rick?…..yo Rick! …..RICK !!!


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31 Responses to “Michigan – Working the Green”

  1. Diane Scott Says:

    First, you never cease to amaze me – the information I find here is so versatile and so useful. And the next thing I want to do is give out a huge CHEER! to this group coming tomorrow to actually move forward on plans to go green. Finally less talk more action!

    Diane Scotts last blog post..It Is Never Too Late To Live Your Dream Susan Boyle Is

  2. Mike Says:

    Lithium Ion batteries are excellent on power usage and longevity – I use them in many of my portable devices and have excellent results with them. Thanks for sharing.

    Mikes last blog post..Strange Noises from Jupiter

  3. Barbara Says:

    This is great news! You are right..now we need the other 49 governors to follow suit! 🙂

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  4. whamx.com Says:

    Michigan – Working the Green | Forced Green…

    Now that’s the way to create jobs, go green, and stimulate the economy! The state of Michigan is facilitating growth to address critical needs: sustainable technologies and manufacturing prowess….

  5. Scott Thurston Says:

    Michigan is really trying to save their car industry and this will certainly help.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Diane … Thanks for the compliment! More and more states are jumping onto the bandwagon.

  7. Linda Says:

    Hi Mike … Yes, they are and getting better and better daily.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … I think that initiative like this will get the other states rolling. There are many who are way ahead and those who are just starting. It will be an interesting year.

  9. Linda Says:

    Hi Scott …. You bet your sweet bippy they are. They almost had a major castastrophe

  10. Maureen Says:

    Sounds like a win-win for everyone. I certainly wish we had a governer like that in California….! Our governer’s big idea to solve problems is raise the bridge toll…I think it’s $7 bucks to cross the Golden Gate these days.Gee…

    Maureens last blog post..Meet Oliver…My Foster Puppy

  11. Melanie Turner Says:

    Well I am happy to hear about this, being a Michigander myself. I just read another post on the TreeHugger forums about proposed coal plants being built here too. I really hope the coal plants get denied and that this battery market is here to stay!!

    Melanie Turners last blog post..Eco Safe Merit Badge

  12. leisureforte.com Says:

    great job! cool post. later

  13. Shane Says:

    They certainly need to do something. I have friends there (I went to MSU) and they are hurting.

    Shanes last blog post..Sierra Trading Post Goes Green

  14. Linda Says:

    Hi Maureen … That is ridiculous to pay that much to cross a bridge. However, Arnold has ample opportunity to put up wind turbines in more places than they are now and get some of that money back. In fact, there is so much of a green movement there in California, I am surprised he is not tapping into it.

  15. Linda Says:

    Hi Melanie … Me too! The coal plants is not the answer but I would understand if the governor had to approve it for keeping the state alive.

    Hi leisureforte … Thanks! later!

    Hi Shane … I know and there are alot of other states in the same situation.

  16. Karen Says:

    I hope it goes great guns. We have to do something!

  17. LadyGrace Says:

    Oh wow I never knew how the first battery was made lol Thanks for the triva info 😛

    LadyGraces last blog post..Wanted to sell!

  18. Christina thecoffeelady Says:

    We use about 80 % rechargable batteries in our home. I applaud the proactive approach to this power source. Go Michigan.

    Christina thecoffeeladys last blog post..Bring Our Soldiers Home Safe!

  19. Linda Says:

    Hi Karen … It should really ramp up soon.

    Hi Ladygrace … The history of how the battery was invented is interesting and now the battery has so many varieties it boggles the mind.

    Hi Christina … Michigan has a long way to go but they have put a stake in the ground and are pressing forward! 🙂

  20. Joella Molson Says:

    Wow I learned more about batteries than I’ve ever known about. Super informative article, you really do your homework. Than you.

    Joella Molsons last blog post..Creating Gimp Bubble Brushes Tutorial

  21. Linda Says:

    Hi Joella … Glad we could help! Thanks and come back again!

  22. cady Says:

    great plan. this is definitely something other states should look into doing.

  23. Sadie Says:

    What a great idea! I hope that his will catch on in other places.

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  24. ConnieFoggles Says:

    I hope that this will catch on in other states quickly.

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  25. wilson Says:

    Yeah, for those youngster, you should remember that Alessandro Volta is the person that invented battery! Keep it on your mind.

    By the way, Linda. Have you ever heard about the new Virus-built battery before? It claims can power up cars and most of the electronic devices! You can check it out here:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090402143501.htm

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  26. Linda Says:

    Hi Cady … I certainly agree!

    Hi Sadie … It is my hope as well!

    Hi Connie … It will catch on ! Just takes a little bit of time.

    Hi Wilson … Thanks for the tip and I am on my way to check it out! 🙂

  27. Mark Says:

    It was the li-on batteries from laptops that were catching fire not long ago so when mistreated or improperly manufactured they can be dangerous but they are far less toxic to the environment than the dreaded Nickel Cadmium batteries which are the bain of landfills.

    Marks last blog post..Earth Day About More Than Just Recycling

  28. Heather in Beautiful BC Says:

    That is very good news for Michigan and the planet! I have to admit, I still don’t understand how a batter really works, but I do know they are DARN heavy when I have to help my husband put a 200 pound battery into the engine room of our boat 🙁

    Heather in Beautiful BCs last blog post..I Love Twitter Contests!

  29. Linda Says:

    Hi Mark … You are right about the batteries that were catching fire. I believe they have that under control now! 🙂

    Hi Heather … WOW! Then these battery plants may have something much lighter for you in the future!

  30. Samantha & Mr. Tigger Says:

    Go Michigan!! Great article and cool information!! Thanks for sharing!
    Your FL furiends,

    Samantha & Mr. Tiggers last blog post..Wordless Friday

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