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Ohio State U partners with Honda to launch advanced battery technology lab

Ohio State University (OSU) has partnered with Honda to launch a new battery cell research and development center.

Located in OSU’s innovation district, the lab will accelerate the domestic development of battery cell materials and manufacturing technologies. It will also provide hands-on learning to aid the development of the advanced battery technology workforce, as well as create a hub for academic and industry connections.

In addition to Honda, OSU’s partners in launching the lab include Schaeffler Americas, JobsOhio, and various state and congressional leaders, including Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who helped raise $4.5 million in federal funding for the project.

“When presented with an opportunity to take the lead in battery innovation, particularly with reputable Ohio employers such as Honda and Schaeffler, it is wise to capitalize on that potential,” says Husted. “Establishing this battery technologies innovation center on Ohio State’s campus will play a key role in ensuring that we continue to be pioneers in automotive and sustainability advancements.”

Peter Mohler, acting president and executive vice president for research, innovation and knowledge at Ohio State, comments, “Ohio State’s commitment to research, innovation and bringing solutions to the world is at the heart of our land-grant mission. We have more reach and impact when we work with our partners at the local, state and federal levels and we join industry-leading partners like Honda and Schaeffler.”

Bob Nelson, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., adds, “We have had a long-standing relationship with Ohio State that goes back more than 30 years, and this new facility is an extension of that great partnership. This facility will be a great resource to train the next-generation workforce in advanced manufacturing technologies.”

Source: Ohio State News

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