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Chu announces grant for energy innovation by Bruce Henderson

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a $49 million federal grant Wednesday to a Charlotte battery-component maker, a step toward what he called a new era of energy innovation.

The grant will help Charlotte-based Celgard LLC create some 200 jobs over the next three years, the company said. Celgard makes porous membranes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in southern Mecklenburg County.