The Kodak Cell Assembly Center, created in partnership with the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), stands to streamline the product development and manufacturing process for advanced batteries and energy storage devices.
The Kodak Cell Assembly Center completes an ecosystem of three core processes for energy storage manufacturing, providing coating, assembly and testing all in one location. The facility allows design and development from small to large scales.
The center includes two multi-user battery cell assembly lines to provide pilot manufacturing services to battery and energy storage companies. The effort complements electrode development and product capabilities and expertise at Kodak Coating Services — as well as at NY-BEST’s Test and Commercialization Center, a battery cell commercialization and testing center located in the same building as EBP — and the Battery Prototyping Center, located nearby at Rochester Institute of Technology.
The energy storage industry is growing rapidly in New York State. In January 2017, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced 30 percent job growth in New York’s energy storage industry over four years, bringing employment in the industry to 3,900. The state’s energy storage industry’s annual global revenues grew 50 percent to $906 million between 2012 and 2015. According to NYSERDA, by 2030, the energy storage industry could realize annual global revenues between $5.6 billion and $8.7 billion, with total job growth between 17,300 and 26,800 employees.