RIT's State-of-the-art Battery Prototyping Center
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The Battery Prototyping Center (BPC) at Rochester Institute of Technology focuses on the development of emerging energy storage technologies through a partnership between RIT and  NY-BEST Consortium. BPC is made possible by financial support from NYSERDA, Empire State Development, and SoLith.  BPC provides prototyping services for more than 125 active members within the NY-BEST consortium and features a 1000 ft2 dry room. The dry room is split into two rooms with one side containing the pouch cell assembly equipment, and the remaining space is available for other moisture sensitive experiments and future expansion. BPC works closely with the NY-BEST Commercialization Center to ensure quality and reproducibility in the performance of the cells.  LEARN MORE>>


Battery Prototyping Center
Institute Hall (Building 73 on the RIT campus), Room 4180


Christopher Schauerman, Ph.D.
Rochester Institute of Technology
156 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

Office: Louise Slaughter Hall (78), Room 2414
Email: cmsvpr@rit.edu
Phone: 585.475.2734

Matthew J. Ganter, Ph.D.
Rochester Institute of Technology
156 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Office: Louise Slaughter Hall (78), Room 2414Email: mjgvpr@rit.edu
Phone: 585.475.4131

The Center held its grand opening on March 6, 2015.

Click here for the RIT BPC Homepage.




State officials and industry executives joined Rochester Institute of Technology in unveiling its new Battery Prototyping Center, a $1.5 million state-of-the-art facility that will conduct research and work with companies in this rapidly growing local industry.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, RIT offered tours and hosted nearly 50 industry executives for a workshop on how they can use the new center. The center, located in RIT’s Institute Hall, will work with companies on prototyping the next generation of rechargeable batteries (such as lithium ion) in an industry-recognized size typically used in consumer electronics, including cell phones. While ultimate applications for these new batteries will include electric grid and transportation storage, this size is a recognized standard for testing and evaluating new prototypes. Companies can either use the laboratory’s equipment to conduct their own trials or hire RIT to do the work.  READ MORE>>

Bill Destler's electric hybrid car is fine for the daily commute, but after 50 miles it has to switch from its electric engine to its gas-powered one. "Wouldn't it be great if it went 200?," the Rochester Institute of Technology president said Friday as the university cut the ribbon on a $1.5 million effort aimed at questions much like that. RIT's Battery Prototyping Center is on the fourth floor of Institute Hall. It includes a garage-sized room with two of its walls lined with high-tech manufacturing workstations, as well as adjacent "dry room" space for outside companies to use as their own workshop — the dry room keeping the humidity at a fraction of what one would find in a desert, due to how moisture can effect battery performance.  READ MORE>>

Doesn't it always seem your cell phone dies just when you need it the most? A new laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology wants to make batteries, better. The Battery Prototyping Center at RIT will give local start up companies a chance to change the future of energy storage."We help them commercialize their product and take it to the next level,"explained  Christopher Schauerman, a co-director of the lab. The lab is up and running thanks to State of New York and the Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium or BEST. READ MORE>>


NY-BEST New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium

230 Washington Avenue Extension
Suite 101
Albany, NY 12203

P: 518.694.8474

E: info@ny-best.org