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Treason: Department of Energy Gave Battery Tech To China


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Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina has just exposed the US Department of Energy.

In Rep. Budd’s latest letter to the DOE, the lawmaker asked why the DOE allowed China to use new battery technology that was created in the US.

According to Budd, the DOE neglectfully allowed cutting-edge battery technology to be shared with China through a Federally sponsored lab.

UniEnergy Technologies received a license to patent the DOE’s new battery technology but the company ended up just creating ties to mainland China entities.

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Breitbart had more details to add:

Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) is sending a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm to press her for answers about how the DOE allowed China to usurp revolutionary battery technology created in the U.S.

“This development is highly alarming, and your department has a responsibility to provide Congress and the public with answers to important questions,” Budd said in the letter obtained exclusively by Breitbart News before its sending on Wednesday.

Budd refers to an August 9, 2022 National Public Radio (NPR) report which “laid out, in detail, how the DOE wrongfully allowed the transfer of advanced, cutting-edge battery technology developed in a federally-sponsored laboratory to a Chinese company.”

Budd details how researchers at the Pacific Northwest National lab began working on a vanadium redox flow battery in 2006 — the battery was envisioned to have a large storage capacity and the prototype was able to power an entire house. After six years and $15 million spent in taxpayer dollars toward research, a company called UniEnergy Technologies was founded in 2012 to license the DOE’s battery patent and market the technology commercially.

But after awhile, the company “began fostering progressively closer ties with Chinese entities” and eventually sub-licensed the DOE-owned patent to Rongke Power, a Chinese Firm. Even though U.S. law requires license holders of DOE patents to “substantially manufacture and predominantly sell the products in the U.S.” UniEnergy and Rongke Power mostly sold Chinese assembled batteries in China, Budd writes.

“DOE’s license monitoring apparatus failed to identify and investigate the non-compliant sublicence given to Rongke Power for years,” Budd states.

Joni Ernst shared these details:

U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, sent a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Inspector General Teri Donaldson requesting answers on a report showing DOE illegally sent $15 million of taxpayer-funded advanced battery technology to Communist China.

The letter was spurred by a report in August from NPR which detailed the hand-off of the groundbreaking battery technology from the DOE to Communist China, and the agency’s resistance to issuing battery licenses over to American companies. In the letter, the senators stress that it is in America’s economic and national security interest for DOE to review this misconduct. They highlight that a failure to crack down on these violations has led to one of our biggest adversaries becoming the global leader in the manufacture of this advanced battery technology.



 

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