U-M Energy Institute opens world-class battery research lab

The Midwest is rapidly becoming a national center of battery research and manufacturing capabilities with the recent opening of the U-M Energy Institute’s Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility, or Battery Lab..

The open-access lab, opened in October 2015, provides space to build and test battery concepts while fully protecting the intellectual property of its users. The lab’s capabilities have already attracted global interest from startups, established corporations and academics.

The facility is funded with a $2 million investment from U-M, with $5 million in additional financial support from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and $2.1 million from Ford Motor Co. Sourcing, constructing and installing the lab’s customized research environment — including a low-humidity “dry room” — took 18 months.

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