The Battery Innovation Center (BIC), a hub for advanced battery testing and development, opened this week in Newberry, Indiana. The 32,000-square-foot facility will serve as a center for research and development, prototyping and contract manufacturing for industrial, academic and military customers.
BIC members include corporate, academic and government entities such as AeroVironment, Eaton, Purdue University and Argonne National Lab.
“The need for robust energy storage operating systems becomes more apparent as the number of disparate assets in the total energy system increases,” said BIC President Charles LaSota. “The Battery Innovation Center’s diverse capabilities in energy storage system prototyping, testing and evaluation, and microgrid implementation are exactly what are needed to accelerate the development of this technology.”
“The opportunities for defense, commercial and academic customers to take advantage of this new center not only will demonstrate its world-class capabilities, but it will showcase how collaboration across sectors can accelerate innovation,” said BIC Board Chairman Paul Mitchell. “The technology that can be developed at the BIC has far-reaching impacts on everything from electric vehicles to military applications to grid storage.”
Several R&D projects are already under way, focusing on topics such as: next generation lithium-ion cell designs; large grid array battery test and evaluation capabilities; and microgrid technologies.