Eastman Kodak Co. recently joined a global consortium of energy storage industry leaders to support advancement of lithium-ion batteries.
That consortium announced a memorandum of understanding with the Townsville City Council in Australia to investigate the viability of building a 15 GWh battery manufacturing plant there. Through its work at Eastman Business Park, Kodak will provide coated anode and cathode electrodes and cell manufacturing.
“The goal of the consortium is to ignite innovation in the lithium-ion battery arena, and we aim to lead by example through the work done at Eastman Business Park,” said Dolores Kruchten, president of Eastman Business Park and Corporate Real Estate. “With projects like this, our manufacturing expertise in energy storage is on display. Each success strengthens the industry. As it grows, so can we.”
Energy storage is growing at Eastman Business Park. The park will celebrate the grand opening of a new battery cell assembly facility in July that will add new capability to the existing Kodak Pilot Commercialization Center. The new facility will complement the existing electrode development and manufacturing capabilities to provide a full set of resources for energy storage inventors, entrepreneurs and commercial developers to advance their technology while mitigating financial risk.
“We’re putting ourselves in position to lead the way to efficiently develop and manufacture new battery technology at a time when everything from businesses to municipalities are craving new energy storage solutions,” said Dan Ocorr, of Eastman Kodak Co. “The work that will be done at the new Kodak Pilot Commercialization Center will not only result in innovative energy storage solutions, but also be a blueprint for manufacturing best practices.”
Once up and running, the facility either would produce 250,000 car batteries or 1 million home battery units or support 300 microgrids to power small towns.
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