Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility

Dedicated in Fall 2013 and currently nearing completion, the Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility is a space developed in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ford Motor Company. This lab will enable industry and university researchers to collaborate on developing cheaper and longer lasting energy-storage devices in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. The new facility — for prototyping, testing and analyzing batteries and the materials that go into them — promises to be a key enabler for Southeast Michigan's battery supply chain. It will bring together materials scientists and engineers, as well as suppliers and manufacturers, to ease a bottleneck in battery development near the nation's automotive capital. The new lab will be available for any firm to use. It will also allow students to use state-of-the-art equipment while working closely with experts. The Energy Institute envisions the new facility as a safe zone for non-competitive collaboration.

For more information about the lab, contact Senior Laboratory Manager Greg Less.

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