Except for Asia and China in particular, which are provided with well-structured and regularly renewed investment programmes, one will notice the emergence of important national projects in the US with namely 3 EFRC; they cover various aspect of battery research and are managed by C. Grey (Stony Brook), H. Abruna (Cornell) and M. Thackeray (Argonne). Each program started in 2009 and was allocated 19M$ over 5 years. Besides, still within US, the DOE is presently creating HUBs; the one on artificial photosynthesis was launched in 2010 (It is conjointly managed by Caltech and Berkeley) and a new one on energy storage will be launched early 2013 with a financing of 125 M$ over 5 years.
As far as our European colleagues are concerned, they are very active and hugely investing. As an exampleGermany first launched two national projects: the LiB 2015 project (Innovation Alliance Lithium Ion Battery) with a maximum financing of 74 M€, and the DFG project (functional materials and material analytics for high-performance Li batteries) for a few tens M€. Finally, on September 2nd, 2010 a cooperation agreement was signed between the Japanese NEDO and the German ministry of research on the development of a new generation of post lithium batteries for 2030.
Finally, let’s note the creation of the Israel National Research Centre for Electrochemical propulsion (INREP) backed-up by the Israel Science Foundation with a maximum financing of 10 M€ for 5 years.