beshear b 300FRANKFORT Ky. (2/14/14) – Governor Steve Beshear Today Announced Ford has Awarded the State a $120,000 Grant for Automotive Battery Research.

The University Research Project grant will be used to study the preparation of materials used in making electrodes.

The goal is to lower the cost, shorten the development cycle, and improve the quality and performance of future batteries.

It’s the first such grant given to the Commonwealth from Ford for research and development.

“Ford is showing tremendous faith in our workforce to not only assemble its vehicles, but also to make them even more innovative and efficient,” said Gov. Beshear.

“Advanced batteries continue to play a significant role in the energy and economic security of the United States, and Kentucky is leading the charge. I’m confident this grant will mark the first of many more research opportunities to come.”

The three-year study will be conducted through the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center in Lexington and the University of Kentucky.

Ted Miller, Ford senior manager of energy storage and materials strategy and research, said, “We are focusing the research here on how the battery electrodes are made.Today, we use a slurry powder and apply it over a thin film of aluminium or copper. Once the slurry dries, the electrodes are wound up to make a cylindrical cell. The trick is in making the slurry uniform and applying it evenly. The more evenly we can apply a uniform slurry mix, the better the performance. Our collaboration with the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center is an important piece of the battery technology puzzle.”   

University of Kentucky professor Y.T. Cheng will lead the research.

“The Ford project presents some unique challenges and opportunities to advance state-of-the-art battery manufacturing research and development, and training in Kentucky,” said Cheng.

Since opening in 2012, the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center works with industries, universities and federal labs that specialize in battery research and develop programs.

The center’s aim is to re-establish the United States as a world leader in battery manufacturing technologies.

The facility is located within the Kentucky Energy Research Complex in Lexington.

Other industrial research partners include Kentucky-based companies such as Hitachi, Toyota, Arkema, n-Gimat and NOHMs. 

“We appreciate the confidence Ford has put in us to partner with them in the area of developing the technology for vehicle electrification,” said Dr. Tony Hancock, executive director of the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center.

“This is yet one more step toward realizing Gov. Beshear’s dream of making Kentucky a leader in battery technology. Performing this original research will advance state-of the-art lithium ion battery production.”
 
For more information about the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center visit www.kyargonne.org.

This is the latest in a series of Ford announcements in Kentucky. Last month, Ford announced plans to boost production capacity at the Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP) to meet surging demand for F-Series Super Duty trucks. The increase will create 350 new jobs and an $80 million investment. Ford employs nearly 8,400 Kentuckians at KTP and the Louisville Assembly Plant.

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Governor's Communications Office

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Daviess County Traffic Advisory

OWENSBORO, Ky. (4/19/15) — A contractor plans to close a section of Kentucky 2245/Fifth Street in downtown Owensboro… Read More

AHS Soccer, Chick-fil-A 'Team up'

OWENSBORO, Ky. (4/20/15) — The Apollo High School boys' soccer program is sponsoring a team night from 4 to 8 p.m.… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 8813

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 13, 2015 6312

Three Juveniles, Adult Accused of Vandalizing…

by Deputy Will Coursey
April 14, 2015 5419

Several Juveniles Charged in Connection with Fight

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 5201

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 16, 2015 3514

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 16,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 8813

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8552

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 20, 2015 2864

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 19, 2015 2357

ATV Ride, Cookout Raises Funds for Shanice Bean…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 19, 2015 1201

Tru Blue BBQ Wins Earlington Downtown Showdown BBQ

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 951

Home, Garden Show Concludes Today at Ballard…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 19, 2015 837

Children Thrilled with Superhero Pancake Breakfast

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 19, 2015 777

Gov. Beshear Orders Flags to Half-Staff on April…

by Office of the Governor
April 20, 2015 685

Pick Greenville's 'Saturdays on the Square' Free…

by Beth Newman
April 19, 2015 623

KET Documentary Follows UK Doctor's Work Helping…

by Elizabeth Adams
April 19, 2015 576

Legislator's Log - Week of April 19, 2015

by Brent Yonts
April 19, 2015 573

Dave Says - April 19, 2015

by Dave Ramsey