‘Open innovation’ battery lab established at U-M with Ford, MEDC

A unique $8 million battery lab at the U-M 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.

Initial support for the lab includes $5 million from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., $2.1 million from Ford Motor Co. and roughly $900,000 from the U-M College of Engineering. It will be housed at the U-M Energy Institute within the newly renovated Phoenix Memorial Laboratory – a project completed with $18 million in U-M funding.

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