The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has partnered with Mississippi State University (MSU) for the development of energy storage technologies.

The partners will explore ways to develop next-generation batteries, which will strengthen the load-balancing capabilities of the Southeast region grid.

The technologies will be designed to tackle challenges caused by extreme weather.

MSU research and economic development vice-president David Shaw said: "This new partnership with Argonne National Laboratory will showcase our world-class faculty and research capabilities, as well as provide outstanding opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students."

Although the current lithium-ion batteries hold over twice the energy compared to previous versions, their storage potential does not meet the requirements, MSU said.

A new MSU-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering will be established to support the research activities for the project.