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LETTER: Keep our technologies in U.S.

Posted 10/28/22

In Seattle 2006 a bunch of scientists began their work at a government lab on the Vanadium Rebox Flow Battery, the size of a refrigerator and capable of charging and recharging for 30 years. It took …

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LETTER: Keep our technologies in U.S.

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In Seattle 2006 a bunch of scientists began their work at a government lab on the Vanadium Rebox Flow Battery, the size of a refrigerator and capable of charging and recharging for 30 years.

It took the scientists six years and $15 million taxpayers’ dollars to uncover the perfect Vanadium Battery recipe. The U.S. made the battery discovery — then the technology was handed over to China. Why?

Gary Yang, the lead scientist on the project, was born in China, but is a U.S. citizen. He wanted his U.S. engineers to work in China because the Chinese are more advanced and ahead of the U.S. in manufacturing and engineering utility-scale batteries. Yang wanted to keep the technology from staying in the U.S. in addition to the solar panels, drones and telecom equipment they already have. It is an insult to the taxpayers and the country.

Why is our Department of Energy sending taxpayers’ money to China? We need an explanation from the Department of Energy right away. If the Department of Energy cannot come up with an explanation how the technology ended up in China, then we ought to fire all the responsible people in the DOE.

We are the only superpower. We must keep the technology and innovation of science in our country. The Chinese are stealing our technologies and are not a trustworthy partner but a more likely adversary. Republicans and Democrats lend me your ear; we must keep all technologies and innovations in the U.S. to strengthen our industrial, technological and military capabilities. Our strength endures power.

— Joseph J. Jacob, Utica

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