Firefly Presents Illinois Senator with Its First Battery

Peoria-based battery maker recognizes efforts of Senator Durbin in securing federal funding to help develop its unique carbon-foam battery technology.

Published: 13-Jan-2008

PEORIA - Firefly Energy's first battery aimed at the plug-in hybrid market has left the building.
The battery was mounted on a plaque presented to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who visited Firefly offices at the Illinois Central College North campus, 5407 N. University St., Friday.

The presentation was the company's way of thanking Durbin for helping get federal funds for research into the high-tech batteries being developed at Firefly since technology that originated at Caterpillar Inc. formed the basis of the start-up company in 2003.

Durbin announced earlier that $3.2 million in federal funds had been budgeted for Firefly's 3D advanced battery, designed to replace traditional lead acid batteries.


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