resources,” she said. “So we wanted to hear first-hand how the industry is doing.”

There are many policy issues relating to this new industry, Dr. Good explained. Experts at the conference will describe the state of the industry and highlight areas of further attention for R&D, manufacturing, the network of suppliers, and the type of workforce needed to keep the industry competitive, she said. Speakers also will discuss how to expand the market for electric vehicles and “hasten the widespread use of advanced batteries,” she said. Representatives from state and federal agencies will explain programs providing R&D and manufacturing support to the battery industry.

Dr. Good said Dr. Charles Wessner, director of the National Academy of Science’s Program in Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, “has really been a major spark plug.” She congratulated him and his staff for organizing the program. “To get these kinds of programs off and running and in good shape in the time frame of this one is rare for the Academy,” she said.

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