Rochester, N.Y.-based Eastman Kodak Co. and the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have entered into an agreement to accelerate commercialization and manufacturing of next-generation battery and energy storage devices and materials.
The partnership will focus on connecting emerging companies in the cleantech sector with resources at both ORNL and Kodak's Eastman Business Park (EBP). It is hoped that the effort will also spark the formation of new high-tech companies at EBP.
Applications currently under way at EBP and ORNL include the following:
- Energy sector technologies, such as batteries, capacitors, fuel cells and thin-film solar cell;
- Energy-saving products, such as window films and LED lighting; and
- Flexible electronics, such as sensors for touch screens.
‘The diverse capabilities of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, spanning a wide range of scientific and engineering disciplines, will support accelerated development of the growing base of clean energy companies at Eastman Business Park,’ says John McMullen, Kodak's chief financial officer.