Empire State Development announced today the opening of the Kodak Cell Assembly Center at Eastman Business Park.
“Opening the Kodak Cell Assembly Center will improve the success rate of energy storage companies,” said Dolores Kruchten, president of Eastman Business Park and Corporate Real Estate, in a statement. “The cooperative relationship we have built for energy storage, with Kodak Coating Services, the new Kodak Cell Assembly Center and DNV-GL and NY-BEST with the BEST Test and Commercialization Center is a game-changer for development and innovation. We make it possible to do coating, assembly, and testing all in one location for the first time.”
The Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant has provided $1.2 million of the $5.9 million total cost for developing the center.
In collaboration with the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, the center is projected to create nine jobs by 2019. According to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the energy storage industry has reported 30 percent job growth since 2013. Furthermore, the annual global revenues for the state’s energy storage increased by 50 percent to $906 million from 2012 to 2015.
“New York is already at the forefront of driving innovation and commercialization in the energy storage industry,” said Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA, in a statement. “The new Kodak Cell Assembly Center builds on this momentum and will accelerate our ability to meet Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy goals with technologies that are made in New York.”
The center is part of three core processes for energy storage manufacturing, and it will provide coating, assembly and testing all in one place. The Center will have two multi-user batter cell assembly lines, providing premier services to the battery and energy storage industry. This addition allows for design and development from small to large projects.
“The Kodak Cell Assembly Center further establishes New York State, and the Finger Lakes in particular, as a world-class hub for the energy storage technology industry,” said Howard Zemsky, CEO and commissioner of ESD. “The partnership with NY-BEST will help to provide valuable resources to the companies, researchers and entrepreneurs working to innovate and improve energy storage and advanced battery technologies.”
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