SCOTLAND, IND. (WTHI) - An island of economic growth in southern Indiana gets bigger.
Officials broke ground on a unique new technological project in the WestGate at Crane Tech Park.
The Battery Innovation Center will take 50 years of knowledge about energy storage and usage acquired by the military and turn it, so that everyday people can use it.
The first business to land in the Greene County section of the WestGate Tech Park is the Battery Innovation Center.
The project is a combination of public, private and academic groups with a plan to harness new energy technology.
"We're really, really thrilled to see the BIC come into Greene County and I think it's just the tip of the iceberg," said Greene County Commissioner Steve Lindsey. "There's many more good things coming."
Officials say they expect to have this 32,000 square foot facility up and operating in about a year, and it's going to do something unique.
Instead of developing technology to be used inside of the Crane base, they're going to take the technology that's already there and bring it out to the consumer.
"Being able to capitalize on that technology, the knowledge of its people, and some of its unique energy storage test capabilities that they have will really help spur on energy development in Indiana," said BIC President Charles LaSota.
Officials believe the $15-million facility may help bring manufacturing and spin-off energy businesses into the area.
"As we continue on that of getting more and other businesses in here I think you'll see that trend toward businesses that do more stuff," said President of the WestGate at Crane Authority Board Kent Parisien.
Businesses that will find the commercial applications developed by the center and apply them to to the energy needs everyone has.
The Battery Innovation Center is expected to employ around 30 scientists and technicians, but officials say they expect to have at least 100 researchers and academics on site working on projects.
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