South-level battery research energized


Binghamton University is in the running to receive up to $ 100 million in federal funding to transform the Southern Tier into a battery development and manufacturing center that meets the growing need for home power generation.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and officials from Binghamton University announced that BU New Energy NY’s proposal will secure $ 500,000 in technical assistance funding as a finalist in the regional Build Back Better Challenge competition to develop its plans for a Southern Tier energy technology hub and participate in phase 2 of the competition to establish battery manufacturing facilities.

The project is led by Nobel Laureate and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, Dr M. Stanley Whittinham and Per Stromhaug, Deputy Vice President of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships.

Photo: Jonathan Cohen / Binghamton University

In the university’s announcement, officials said the regional effort will bring together BU, SUNY Broome, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY-BEST and others to expand research, development, testing and testing assets. labor force to move the emerging battery manufacturing industry in upstate New York is moving forward and meeting the growing demand for clean energy.

If fully funded, the project estimates that over a 10-year period, up to 8,000 new jobs would be created directly for this project with perhaps thousands more jobs in possible support areas.

During Phase 2, the Federal Economic Development Agency will award up to 30 regional coalitions of $ 25-75 million, and up to $ 100 million for their winning proposals to rework or create new clusters. regional industries through planning, infrastructure, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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