$20M going to Fermilab for new accelerator

Saturday, December 17th 2011. | Science News

Fermilab Illinois Accelerator Research Center

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois state capital construction funding will provide $20 million to Fermilab in Batavia for a new scientific accelerator for high-energy particle research.

Officials broke ground on the project Friday. It will be part of Fermilab’s Illinois Accelerator Research Center complex. They say it will be a state-of-the-art facility for research, development and industrialization of particle accelerator technology. It’s supposed to create 200 high-tech jobs.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will provide $20 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital plan to design and build a part of the complex. The U.S. Department of Energy will contributed $13 million to refurbish an existing building that will be part of it.

The complex will help develop private industry partnerships for commercial and industrial application of accelerator technology.

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