State won’t renew contract, battery research center closing

The state has decided not to renew the contract of the only employee of a battery research collaborative between the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, among others.
    
The Kentucky Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center has been located at UK. The administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear helped launch it in 2010.
    
Energy and Public Protection Cabinet spokesman Dick Brown told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Tuesday that the state decided not to renew the contract of the center’s director, Tony Hancock. The contract was for $44,000 annually.
    
Hancock said the lab would be shut down.
    
Former Energy Secretary Len Peters told The Courier-Journal on Tuesday that the center had successes and shortfalls but kept the state focused on what some see as the auto industry’s future – battery-powered cars and trucks.

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