USC Battery Research Receives $10M in Federal Funding

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USC Battery Research Receives $10M in Federal Funding

In an exciting breakthrough, the University of South Carolina (USC) has been granted over $10 million for their ground-breaking research in electric vehicle battery technology. The funds awarded by the U.S Economic Development Administration are an essential part of a larger $45 million federal grant aimed at improving clean energy supply chains and generating cyber-secure grid resilience technologies.

Supporting the Carolina Institute for Battery Innovation

With this fund, USC is set to foster advanced battery research in their soon to be established Carolina Institute for Battery Innovation. Helmed by renowned battery expert, Professor William Mustain, the Institute promises to further solidify South Carolina’s position as a leader in battery technology. “Companies tell me this all the time— if you want to learn more about battery chemistry, battery assembly, and battery safety, you come to the University of South Carolina”, Professor Mustain was quoted as saying.

A State-wide Collaboration

From this generous funding, USC is a part of a wider state-wide consortium of partners known as SC Nexus. This group, managed by the South Carolina Department of Commerce, is committed to carrying out research designed to further advance and streamline the clean energy supply chain. In a competitive selection process, SC Nexus was chosen as one of 12 who were awarded funding from an original list of 31 possible Tech Hubs.

Underlining USC’s Role In Economic Progress

USC’s involvement in SC Nexus underscores the university’s significant role as an economic engine for the state of South Carolina. It reflects how they are spearheading innovation and workforce development to propel the state forward in clean energy technology. USC President Michael Amiridis emphasized how nationwide recognition demonstrates their innovations and the power of unity. “Achieving recognition at a national level demonstrates our ability as a state to innovate and bring new ideas to the market. Our very strong coalition of universities, industry, and state partners demonstrates how much we can achieve when we work together”, he mentioned.

An Initiative for All Communities

The geographic coverage of SC Nexus’ efforts spans the Midlands and Upstate regions, including the counties of Aiken and Orangeburg. Importantly, SC Nexus has committed to ensuring that 40% of the jobs created through this initiative come from undeserved and rural communities. The initiative aligns with a larger goal of fostering inclusion and developing paths to scientific and economic progress for all.


The recent allocation of federal funding to USC’s research in battery technology is a huge leap forward for electric vehicle advancements and clean energy in South Carolina. The anticipated Carolina Institute for Battery Innovation will be instrumental in pushing these advancements and fueling South Carolina’s drive towards a clean energy future.

USC Battery Research Receives $10M in Federal Funding

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