The Battery Show 2014 – the premier showcase of the latest advanced battery technology – took place this week in Metro Detroit and offered a platform for advanced energy systems (AES) companies to launch new products, make new contacts and maintain existing relationships.
The location was fitting. Michigan is the ideal location for AES companies to succeed specifically because of the state’s thriving energy storage industry.
To continue to grow the state’s AES ecosystem, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has partnered with NextEnergy to collaborate with industry, academia, and other organizations to better understand the supply chain and future of AES. Through this collaboration, NextEnergy supports industry through cluster development, convening, and matchmaking.
What does the term “advanced batteries” mean to you? Kelly Jezierski, manager of Energy Storage at NextEnergy explains the breadth of Michigan’s energy storage system and what companies and the state are doing to foster growth of the industry.
If you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably demonstrating the prevalence of energy storage components, likely using a lithium-ion battery powering your laptop or cell phone.
While devices we use every day – like portable vacuums and power tools – are powered by energy storage batteries, advanced battery technology, has a particularly strong tie to Michigan and the automotive industry. In the last five years, the government and industry have invested billions of dollars into initiatives tied to AES, including electric vehicles and advanced battery research and development.
Michigan Companies Leading the Advanced Battery Industry
Take the Michigan startup, Sakti3, for instance. This Ann Arbor-based solid state battery developer recently revealed that it is close to achieving a battery with nearly double the energy density of the lithium-ion technology we see today at about a fifth the cost.
Advanced Battery Concepts, in Clare, Mich. created the GreenSeal® battery which generates significant cost and weight benefits for today’s lead acid batteries. Additional research is also continuing to broaden the company’s technology portfolio into other rechargeable battery chemistries including lead-carbon, lithium-ion and metal-air.
How NextEnergy and MEDC Keep the Industry Thriving
In order to attract and retain organizations throughout the AES supply chain, NextEnergy in collaboration with the MEDC take advantage of opportunities like The Battery Show to tout Michigan as a leader in the energy storage industry. This year at The Battery Show, the Michigan Pavilion was born out of this premise.
The Michigan Pavilion served as a convenient one-stop shop within the exhibition hall that gave The Battery Show attendees the opportunity to explore Michigan’s thriving energy storage ecosystem through industry and venture development.
Attendees learned that Michigan is home to almost 400 vehicle research and development and technical centers, almost 90,000 engineers, several leading battery and automotive OEMs, world-renowned universities and innovative technology developers.
Learn more about NextEnergy’s work in advanced energy storage and what the MEDC is doing to make sure that Michigan stays in the forefront of the automotive industry and advanced battery technology.