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Battery Development Center To Work With Crane

The head of the center is a former Crane commanding officer.

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A new battery development center near Crane will develop batteries the military facility can use.

A battery research center is being developed in Greene County as part of a statewide effort to produce cleaner energy sources. The $12 million battery innovation center plans to develop advanced lithium ion batteries and is being built on at the WestGate@Crane Technology Park.

“When you walk in your going to be greeted by quite a nice foyer with energy efficient fixtures, but back behind the walls you’re going to see some of the most high-tech testing equipment that can be used,” says Charles LaSota, the Battery Innovation Center President and the former Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center Commanding Officer.

He says Crane often uses batteries its military equipment such as the unmanned vehicles sent into warzones.

“Being here close to crane gives us two fold the ability to support their mission if they need equipment and help and more importantly, to work the other side of the development that they do,” he says.

LaSota says Crane’s connections with the technology industry will help get their products to market. Indianapolis-based Energy Systems Network is heading the effort and has partnered with universities, businesses and government agencies to create the non-profit.

The group will break ground in July and plans to have the facility up and running by May of next year.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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