Battery Innovation Center‘s mission is to improve battery technology for commercial and defense industries. BIC is a WestGate@Crane Technology Park tenant and has recently partnered with Underwriters Laboratories.
“The new partnership with Underwriters Laboratory furthers the goal of the Battery Innovation Center becoming a catalyst for growth for this entire region of our state,” said Becky Skillman, CEO of Radius Indiana. “We look forward to the economic benefits and opportunities this new relationship will afford to the business community and to our workforce.”
BIC President David Roberts says this deal will do great things beyond the Battery Innovation Center.
“The UL partnership positions the BIC as a national leader in a key technology area with massive growth potential. This is a great win for the region and the State, and also underscores how local and State support are creating real results in rural, technology-based economic development. In particular, this win is a direct result of sponsorship from RADIUS to attend a trade conference.”
GREENE COUNTY –
Global testing and certification giant UL (Underwriters Laboratories) has chosen the Battery Innovation Center in Greene County, Indiana, as its partner in testing and validating large batteries and energy storage systems in North America. The UL Battery & Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Test Center is being hailed by all parties as a “major win.”
Following extensive consideration on the options of building a new facility or partnering with an existing one, Business Development Director for UL’s Energy and Power Technologies Division Laith Amin says the BIC’s state-of-the-art facility was a major selling point. “What we really were seeking to do by coming together was to combine a facility where you could do everything, you could take the development and testing of product right the way through from prototype stage, right the way through the full suite of tests, irrespective of the scale, and be able to end up at the end of an initiative with a product that is fully certified by UL according to these new and class-leading standards in one facility.”
The official launch of the partnership takes place in the first quarter of 2016, when UL will place a number of employees at the BIC facility.
BIC President and CEO David Roberts says the partnership is a culmination of nearly two years of discussions that began shortly after the center opened. “We are absolutely thrilled for the opportunity. It’s a major win for the whole region, for the state. It’s just part of our DNA to work shoulder-to-shoulder with folks, and I think that that atmosphere was compelling (to UL).”
Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of Energy Systems Network, notes that the Battery Innovation Center opened in 2013 with multiple goals of researching and developing new energy storage technology and integration of energy systems. The additional goal of providing testing and validation services for the commercial energy storage industry was more difficult to achieve. “We quickly found that that third area is challenging to do without a partner, and the Battery Innovation Center being the new kid on the block was challenged to be able to attract the volume of customers wanting those services without the long history of deep relationships. There’s no better partner in the world than Underwriters Laboratory.”
Mitchell describes the new relationship as “very much a partnership.” He says many of the companies that BIC already works with will ultimately need certification, and UL has many clients that will need the BIC testing services for their products, so both groups will bring interested businesses to the facility. Large format batteries can be tested on all levels from performance under varying conditions all the way to failure mode.
Amin says, in addition to leadership demonstrated by the BIC, the facility itself has a number of strong points. Those include state-of-the-art equipment, the layout of the facility, and, key to the relationship, the ability to access the US Department of Defense’s National Center of Excellence for Battery Technology at the Crane naval base.
Both Roberts and Mitchell agree that the new relationship with UL now sets the BIC and Indiana apart. “This partnership with UL and the BIC is the most advanced battery testing and validation resource, hands-down, in the world,” states Mitchell.