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Binghamton University receiving $3M in federal funding

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VESTAL (WBNG) – Binghamton University is seeing millions come its way to enable one of its researchers to continue his work.

Democratic United States Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Thursday the university will receive $3 million through the Department of Energy's Energy Frontier Research Centers program.

The funding will go toward Professor M. Stanley Whittingham's research on battery systems and energy storage.

According to a press release, Whittingham is one of the inventors of the lithium-ion battery. It says that he, along with his colleagues, will use the money to research chemical reactions in energy storage materials to make them work better and develop new materials that are more environmentally-friendly, while being less expensive.

“Smart energy basic research is crucial if we are going to meet current societal demands and remain competitive in today's global economy," said Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger. "We are so proud of the work accomplished to date by Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham. We are also grateful for the continued support we have received from the Department of Energy and from our US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.”

Binghamton University is one of 42 programs selected to receive funding, according to the United States Department of Energy. Of the $3 million, $2 million will go to the university in the 2018 fiscal year, while the remaining $1 million will be distributed the following fiscal year.

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