University of Michigan to Open Advanced Battery Cell Testing Lab
Why wasn’t this lab open when I was in the engineering program at the University of Michigan? Doesn’t it always seem to be the case that when you graduate from a high school or a university (or leave a workplace even), improvements come the moment you walk out the door?
The University of Michigan will soon begin construction on an $8 million battery testing lab.
The lab, which will be used by Ford, is open to all automakers, battery developers and even to me or you, provided that we have the funds to pay a rental fee.
Why the specific mention of Ford? Well, Ford is one of the funders (funders = those who offer funding), along with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering (one of the nation’s toughest engineering colleges…trust me on that one.)
Ford’s battery research manager, Ted Miller, says this of U of M’s battery lab:
“We need to be able to test hundreds of chemistries and cell designs, but they have to be tests that can translate from the lab to the production line. Ford has battery labs that test and validate production-ready batteries, but nothing this far upstream.
“This is sorely needed, and no one else in the auto industry has anything like it.”
The battery lab is expected to be open in time for Fall 2014 classes.
Source: Detroit News