EnerDel and the Think EV

You can't say EnerDel isn't still giving it the old college try.

In this case, the Indianapolis-based company is making its presence felt at Purdue University, about 65 miles away. EnerDel is giving the university's College of Technology a collection of lithium-ion battery cells and research data worth about $263,000. The gift complements the $4.7 million grant that the university and Ivy Tech Community College got from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance training geared towards the electric-energy industry.

Earlier this month, EnerDel CEO David Roberts said the struggling company was trying to rebuild by lessening its dependence on electric vehicles and putting more emphasis on batteries geared towards grid and home energy storage as well as medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

That said, in July, EnerDel won a second contract to make lithium-ion batteries for the all-electric version of the Volvo C30. EnerDel won its first contract with Volvo three years ago. EnerDel's parent Ener1 declared bankruptcy in January, about seven months after Norwegian EV maker Think, in which Ener1 was an investor, did the same. EnerDel restructured in March after Ener1 received $86 million in new equity and debt-holder agreements. Check out the press release on the Purdue gift below.
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EnerDel Expands Research Partnership with Purdue College of Technology

University Receives Gift of Research Data, Technology and Industry Expertise

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana-based EnerDel Inc., a leading manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems, is expanding its relationship with Purdue University's College of Technology with a gift of lithium-ion battery technology, research data and technical expertise to train students in the latest energy storage technologies for electric vehicles and the electric grid.

EnerDel, which is working with several students in Computer and Information Technology (CIT) with Purdue computer and information technology professor Eric Dietz, is providing lithium-ion cells and research data valued at more than $263,000.

"EnerDel's latest gift to Purdue reflects a commitment not only to higher education, but also to helping Indiana continue to train a more valuable workforce for electric vehicles and the power utility industry," Dietz said. "Working side by side with EnerDel employees, Purdue students have learned practical understanding and application of the latest battery and energy storage technologies, far outside the classroom."

"Purdue has developed an exceptional program to help students learn about lithium-ion-based energy storage technologies," stated EnerDel CEO David Roberts. "We're pleased to be able to support their program with actual data, products and technology to help students gain real-world experience and make them even more valuable to future employers."

EnerDel engineers and Purdue graduate students work together to analyze and interpret key battery data, which could provide significant insight into enhancing energy output and duration for electric vehicles and power generation.

This technology is increasingly being used in medium-to-large energy storage solutions for emergency power back-up systems in commercial, community and residential applications.

In 2010 Purdue, in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, received a $4.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an education and training program designed to minimize the education-workforce gap in the electric energy sector.

"Energy storage from lithium-ion batteries such as those EnerDel donated, combined with the research data, leverage the power of the two institutions working together to train the best and brightest for Indiana," Dietz said.

He views industry partnerships such as this one with EnerDel as key to providing Purdue students with the best educational opportunities to prepare them as future industry leaders.

"Experience and the opportunity to learn new technologies and how the technologies can actually be applied today are preparing Purdue students to be valuable immediately to future employers. We can't thank EnerDel enough for expanding this partnership."

EnerDel, a privately held company based in Indianapolis, manufactures advanced, lithium-ion battery systems for energy storage, transportation and industrial applications. The company's multiple chemistries, prismatic design, and modular stacking architecture combine to provide customers with production-ready solutions that address their power and energy storage needs. For additional information, visit www.EnerDel.com.

Founded in 1869, Purdue is Indiana's land-grant university. It is one of the nation's premier institutions with more than 200 areas of undergraduate study and renowned research initiatives. Purdue's programs in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate disciplines consistently rank among the best in the country.

Twenty-three of America's astronauts hold Purdue degrees. Students from all 50 states and more than 130 countries, bring rich diversity to the main campus in West Lafayette. Although a large university, Purdue maintains an intimate atmosphere that highly values individual needs and achievements.