Dec 15, 2012
After a tour of Eastman Business Park on Friday, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she was urging the Department of Defense to partner with an advanced battery and energy project planned for the industrial park.
In a letter to Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, Gillibrand, D-N.Y., invited Kendall to visit the park, in addition to Brookhaven National Laboratory and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, both on Long Island.
She pointed out that the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, known by its acronym NY-BEST, is planning to locate its commercialization center at Eastman Park.
NY-BEST is a group of more than 100 companies, including leading suppliers of military batteries, working to grow the energy storage industry in New York.
“The center will provide unique prototyping and testing capabilities for large-scale battery systems,” Gillibrand wrote.
“I think if they could have some of their research and development happening right here in this business park, they would have extraordinary opportunities to develop the technologies our war fighters desperately need,” she said.
“I’m going to tell them what I saw and I’m going to encourage them to come see it for themselves.”
Eastman Business Park, which now has 37 tenants, is a 1,200-acre industrial park with extensive manufacturing infrastructure and resources. The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council has listed development of the park as a top priority.
Source: Democrat and Chronicle