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Battery Innovation Center Employment Opportunity

Location:

7970 S Energy Drive
Newberry, In 47449 
812-863-2424

Position:  Energy Storage Test Engineer

Salary Range: Negotiable

Benefits: Health/Dental/Term Life Insurance; employer sponsored HSA with limited matching contributions; Simple IRA after 6 months of employment; paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave; flexible schedule within core business hours

Qualifications:

BSEE/EECS or other suitable bachelor’s curriculum focused on power systems and control theory

Working knowledge of Lab View programing software

Experience in Energy Storage Testing and Manufacturing (will evaluate Master’s degree in lieu of experience) 

Position description:   Engineer will work with Battery Innovation Center (BIC) Staff and customers to develop, set up, and implement a wide array of energy storage system testing using a uniquely designed Lab View control system that interfaces with battery charging/discharge devices (MT30’s, ABC170CE’s, AV900’s, Bitrodes, NHR, TDK, Arbin, etc…) as well as with environmental control cabinets (CSZ and Webber Thermal, Humidity, and altitude chambers).  The Energy Storage Test Engineer will need to have a working knowledge of a wide array of energy storage device chemistries and the ability to develop test system operating parameters based on energy storage devices design attributes.  A working knowledge of battery management systems and battery safety requirements will also be needed.  The Energy Storage Test Engineer will work closely with the BIC Chief Engineer to develop cost estimates for proposed work and ensuring that test procedure documentation is correctly prepared.  He will also work closely with lead test staff technicians overseeing test instrumentation setup, equipment calibration, and test execution.  The Energy Storage Test Engineer will also participate in a variety of energy storage design, prototyping, and consulting work as assigned. 

Please submit resumes to Chuck LaSota at Charles.LaSota@BICIndiana.com

Battery Innovation Center Announces Request for Proposal (RFP) for Development of New Energy Storage Systems

Grant Application Form

New RFP Closing Date and Additional Information

Based on requests from potential RFP responders the deadline for submittal of RFPs is extended to 0800 Monday morning January 13th, 2014. Additional information regarding the use of funding that is being offered is provided. The funding under this EDA sponsored grant can only be used for the procurement of materials and the construction and testing of prototype devices within the Battery Innovation Center facility. Funds cannot be directly disbursed to the submitting organization or used to pay personnel associated with the submitting organizations. Submitting organizations are encouraged to describe in their proposals how they will directly participate in the development and testing of prototype devices and how their organizations have prepared (financially) do be a part of this production and testing effort. Organizations that have already submitted their application and wish to make an ammendment based on this extension should contact Charles LaSota at Charles.LaSota@BICIndiana.com

NEWS RELEASE

Contact:                

Julie Weber, Battery Innovation Center

Phone: 812.863.2424 Ext. 211                                      Email: julie.weber@bicindiana.com

Charles LaSota, Battery Innovation Center

Phone: 812.863.2424 Ext. 210                                      Email: charles.lasota@bicindiana.com

Center to invest $2M in proofing new energy storage systems aimed at accelerating the entry of innovative products into the battery market

(Crane, Ind. – December 06, 2013) As the nation’s energy demand continues to escalate and the growth of the battery and energy storage industry becomes increasingly critical, so does the development of new energy storage technologies. The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) – a non-profit consortium of organizations focused on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe and reliable energy storage systems – has announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) to address these challenges and expedite the technology development needed. Funded by a $2 million grant from the Department of Commerce, the BIC will offer its advanced lab and facilities to the selected technology developers, which will be announced in early 2014.

The BIC was awarded the 2012 Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency (EDA) I6 Challenge Grant to provide its unique laboratory facilities for prototyping, testing and evaluation, and certification for small businesses and entrepreneurs with emerging energy storage technologies. The BIC will solicit inputs from industry leaders across the country to find the best product/technologies with the greatest economic development potential for commercialization.  The selected energy storage technologies will be “proofed” within the BIC lab and provide data detailing their potential impacts.

In addition to providing state-of-the art technology development support from world-class researchers, the BIC will enlist critical state-led organizations, local government initiatives, and a wide array of venture capital providers to support small businesses in conducting critical market surveys, business plan development, marketing strategy development, and obtaining access to state and local government financial incentives to further their acceleration into the market. Lastly, the BIC, as a consortium of industry leaders in energy storage, can provide new and developing companies with the critical partnerships in manufacturing needed to quickly get their ideas from the drawing board to customers’ hands.

Organizations interested in submitting a proposal for the program may visit www.bicindiana.com for details on the submission process and eligibility requirements. The proposal deadline is January 3, 2014 with selections anticipated to be announced in February 2014.

About the Battery Innovation Center:

The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) is a unique public-private partnership and not-for-profit organization that incorporates leadership from world-class universities, commercial enterprises, and government organizations to focus on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe, reliable and lighter weight energy storage systems for commercial and defense organizations. Located adjacent to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, the BIC provides both a virtual collaborative network of capabilities needed for development of next generation energy storage solutions as well as a new, state-of-the-art, $15.6 million energy research lab. Additional information is available at www.BICIndiana.com

Battery Innovation Center opens at WestGate@Crane Technology Park

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Center secures 12 corporate and academic members to begin projects aimed at accelerating the battery market

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., August 30, 2013) The Battery Innovation Center (BIC), launched by Energy Systems Network, opens today at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane making Indiana a “hub” for advanced battery testing and development.

The BIC will leverage Indiana’s public and private sector assets in advanced battery technologies to create a center of excellence that will meet the research and development, rapid prototyping and contract manufacturing needs of industry, academic and military customers. After receiving $15.6 million in economic development bonds from the Greene County Council, construction began on the 32,000 square foot facility last August. The building was designed by American Structurepoint and built by Keystone Construction Corporation.

“The need for robust energy storage operating systems becomes more apparent as the number of disparate assets in the total energy system increases,” said BIC President Charles LaSota. “The Battery Innovation Center’s diverse capabilities in energy storage system prototyping, testing and evaluation, and microgrid implementation are exactly what are needed to accelerate the development of this technology.”

“The opportunities for defense, commercial and academic customers to take advantage of this new center not only will demonstrate its world-class capabilities, but it will showcase how collaboration across sectors can accelerate innovation,” said Paul Mitchell, ESN president and CEO and BIC board chairman. “The technology that can be developed at the BIC has far-reaching impacts on everything from electric vehicles to military applications to grid storage. Indiana can be at the center of this innovation through this organization.”

A number of public officials and dignitaries – including Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon, and NSWC Crane Commander Colonel Alan Pratt – will address visitors at a grand opening ceremony today at 11 a.m. (EDT) at Westgate Academy at NSWC in Southwest Central Indiana in Greene County.

"The Battery Innovation Center at WestGate will undoubtedly serve as a catalyst for economic growth not only here in Southwestern Indiana but across the Hoosier state,” said Bucshon. “This world class technology and research hub will place Indiana as a leader in battery innovation that will meet the needs for military and commercial markets and provide research and development necessary to American energy security.”

The BIC will begin work with 12 corporate and academic members: AeroVironment, Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), EaglePicher, Eaton Corporation, Ivy Tech Community College, MEGTEC, Penn State University, Purdue University, Renewz, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Stimulus Engineering, and Technology Service Corporation (TSC). In addition, the BIC has significant government partners including NSWC Crane and Argonne National Lab, with which the BIC is a critical affiliate of its Lead Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).

“The BIC has tremendous potential to positively impact the economic development climate in Indiana through the attraction of member companies in cooperation with its innovative activities,” said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. “The innovation and collaboration at the BIC are exactly the type of model we hope to build upon as we maximize our defense assets, commercialize new products, and grow job opportunities in Indiana.”

The BIC is already beginning several research projects: 

  • A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) project with partner NSWC Crane focused on the development and prototyping of next generation Lithium-ion cell designs. 
  • NSWC Crane and AeroVironment have developed a CRADA project with the BIC designed to develop and demonstrate a large grid array battery test and evaluation capability that will be used for evaluation of future microgrid technologies. 
  • The BIC, in its role as a Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency Proof of Concept Center for Energy Storage Technologies, will be issuing a Request for Proposals in September from the energy industry across the country to find the best techno-economic developmental “disruptive technology” products for rapid commercialization using the support of the BIC lab.

The BIC will initially employ 10 highly skilled scientists, engineers and technicians and is a part of the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park in Newberry, Ind.

For more information, please contact Julie Weber at 812.863.2424 Ext. 211 or julie.weber@bicindiana.com.

About the Battery Innovation Center:

The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) is a unique public-private partnership and not-for-profit organization that incorporates leadership from world-class universities, commercial enterprises, and government organizations to focus on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe, reliable and lighter weight energy storage systems for commercial and defense organizations. Located adjacent to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, the BIC provides both a virtual collaborative network of capabilities needed for development of next generation energy storage solutions as well as a new, state-of-the-art, $15.6 million energy research lab. Additional information is available at www.BICIndiana.com.

About Energy Systems Network:

The Energy Systems Network (ESN) an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. It is a non-profit industry-driven economic organization focused on bringing alternative energy technology solutions to market, using innovation to confront global energy challenges with systems-level solutions. ESN’s mission is to build an energy ecosystem that connects partner companies and institutions with industry – in Indiana, across the country, and around the world – to address energy needs and generate new jobs and investment in the process. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com or follow us on Twitter @EnergySystemsNk.   

BIC Preparing for Building Dedication

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5/1/2013

The Battery Innovation Center continues to make great strides towards beginning operations, with a building dedication ceremony scheduled for this August — just one year since breaking ground. The facility gained a roof and heat last December, while mechanical and electrical service installations are currently wrapping up. The first major test and manufacturing equipment arrived in April, allowing the majority of equipment installation, wiring and testing to be scheduled for this month. Equipment validation and acceptance testing would occur in June. By July, the BIC should be ready to begin operations and accept projects.

Anticipated projects include the pursuit of a new Lithium-ion battery design as well as the testing and evaluation of large grid storage devices under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with NSWC Crane. Additionally we are a critical member of the Argonne National Lab (ANL) Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) a 5-year $120M dollar effort focused on creating batteries that are 5 time more powerful, charge 5 times faster, all at 1/5th the cost of batteries today – an effort that will revolutionize how energy is stored, transmitted, and used. Lastly we have been selected to receive a $1M US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Agency (EDA) Grant to serve as a “Proof of Concept” Center for new and emerging Technologies within the energy storage technology sector.

BIC GROUND-BREAKING

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Read the full press release here.

On August 20, 2012, Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane (NSWC Crane), officials from Greene County, the RADIUS Indiana regional economic organization and others joined representatives of the Energy Systems Network (ESN) to break ground on the new $14 million Battery Innovation Center facility at the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park. The 32,000 square foot facility will serve as the physical hub for a network of industry and research partners focused on making Indiana a leader in developing, commercializing and validating cutting-edge battery technologies. 

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 ESN, the state’s clean technology initiative, has worked with a range of industry partners and academic intuitions as well as NSWC Crane to establish the Battery Innovation Center (the ‘BIC’) to meet the research and development, rapid prototyping and contract manufacturing needs of industry, academic and military customers. The partnership between Crane, a major federal research lab and the Defense Department’s center of excellence for energy storage, and the state’s other research institutions and industry players vaults Indiana into a leadership position in the competition for new business opportunities from the growing advanced battery market. 

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About Indiana BIC

Indiana has a longstanding tradition of pioneering the nation’s advanced battery technology. The early development of this work is multifaceted: from Delco Remy’s early work on the GM EV 1 project to Delphi Corporation’s current battery system development; from serving as the home of a US-based Lithium battery manufacturer (Altairnano) to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) leadership at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane (NSWC Crane) in the development and testing of battery systems for the military and NASA. All these contributions make Indiana the epicenter for US advanced battery technology and integrated solutions. With a global focus on the future of next generation energy storage solutions, Indiana is poised to advance its reputation in the energy sector by establishing a world-class facility for rapid discovery and commercialization of battery technology 

The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) project is a collaborative initiative designed to incorporate leadership from renowned universities and commercial enterprises to focus on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe, reliable and lightweight energy storage systems for defense and commercial customers. 

GROUND-BREAKING IS SET FOR AUGUST 2012, AND FACILITY OPERATIONS WILL BEGIN IN SUMMER OF 2013.