The agreement connects emerging companies with resources at both Oak Ridge and Kodak’s Eastman Business Park (EBP). It is also meant to spark the formation of new, high-tech entrepreneurial companies at EBP, resulting in the creation of new, high-skilled jobs within New York’s Finger Lakes Region.
“Together, we aim to transform the way new materials and systems are developed and manufactured in the U.S.,” said Martin Keller, associate laboratory director for ORNL.
“EBP has infrastructure and key technical capabilities, including expertise in high volume roll-to-roll manufacturing and deposition technologies, which are critical to the development of new economy growth markets, such as energy,” said Kodak CTO Terry Taber.
Roll-to-roll technology provides a more efficient manufacturing process, resulting in lower costs and higher quality through the continuous operation of production lines for coated products. Applications currently underway at EBP and Oak Ridge include:
• Energy sector technologies such as batteries, capacitors, fuel cells and thin film solar cells.
• Energy-saving products such as window films and LED lighting.
• Flexible electronics such as sensors for touch screens.
“Global investment in the clean energy sector has risen nearly five-fold since 2004, growing to $269 billion worldwide in 2012,” said Claus Daniel, deputy director of ORNL’s Sustainable Transportation Program. “Despite this growth, America has lost more than 30% of the jobs in the manufacturing sector since 2000. Technologies like roll-to-roll manufacturing can position the U.S. as a leader in this expanding sector.”