Keith Hautala

Lithium Battery Innovator to Locate Facilities on UK's CAER Campus

Published: Sep 4, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2013) — Lithium-ion battery manufacturer NOHMs Technologies Inc. will locate a state-of-the-art research, manufacturing and product development facility at the University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research campus in Lexington.

 

UK President Eli Capilouto joined Gov. Steve Beshear, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, NOHMs CEO Nathan Ball and Bob Quick, president and CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. at a news conference at the UK Energy Research Park today to announce the project, which will bring more than $5.3 million in investment and could create up to 162 new Kentucky jobs.

 

“Today celebrates new opportunities reached through partnership,” Capilouto said. “Our announcement exemplifies the incredible possibilities unleashed when human capital, space and expertise combine with state and local entities to attract a new company, new technology and high-wage jobs to Central Kentucky. It also underscores the importance of federal and state research and development support to pioneer innovations that transform industry and fuel economic growth."

 

NOHMs Technologies, founded in 2010, will move a substantial part of its operations to the Spindletop Administration Building and the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center, located on the CAER campus in Lexington. The company has worked closely with the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (city of Lexington, Commerce Lexington and UK Von Allmen Center/Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center) on this project.

 

“This is an exciting day for Kentucky and for Lexington,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are not only talking about 162 high-quality jobs and an investment of more than $5.3 million in the Commonwealth, but NOHMs is an innovative company with an eye to the future, especially in a crucial field where economics, energy and the environment all overlap. With this type of technology, NOHMs and Kentucky-Argonne are helping Kentucky lead the charge in advancing the future energy and economic security of the United States.”

 

NOHMs has developed a battery based on lithium-sulfur chemistry, which utilizes innovative sulfur-infused carbon composite cathode materials developed at Cornell University. The company believes its lithium-sulfur batteries can deliver enough energy at a cost that will be low enough to allow mass commercialization of electric vehicles.

 

“We chose Kentucky because of the state’s reputation for manufacturing and a talented workforce, strong support from the state for the battery and automotive industry, and the facilities at Kentucky -Argonne," said NOHMs CEO Nathan Ball. "Kentucky-Argonne will be an invaluable asset that will help us to be successful. There is no other facility that I am aware of in North America has such a small-business-focused mission and flexibility for access and use. The capabilities that exist and that are being installed as the center continues to grow are unparalleled in this country outside of a big company or a national lab. We also benefit from a close relationship with the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research, which has a long history in developing technology across many energy sectors.”

 

To encourage the investment and job creation in Lexington, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $2.1 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets. 

 

NOHMs was also a recipient of the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership’s Rent Subsidy Program. The program is designed to recruit emerging technological companies and provide a rent subsidy up to $10,000 the first year in Lexington. The program is available to companies who have received a Small Business Innovation Research matching grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which NOHMs did earlier this year. 

 

“Bringing NOHMs Technologies and 162 good jobs here is a vote of confidence for Lexington among research companies and green energy companies,” Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said.

 

“The Bluegrass Business Development Partnership is delighted about NOHMs  Technologies’ decision to locate in Lexington,” Bob Quick, President and CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. “Clean, renewable energy is one of Lexington’s targeted industries, and we are happy there are many resources available to NOHMs in this field.  We are excited to see NOHMs join this growing niche industry in our region.” 

 

NOHMs will locate some of its operations at the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center. In August of last year, Gov. Beshear cut the ribbon on the center, which is a partnership between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Argonne National Laboratory, a leader in basic battery research. During the past year, joint research projects have been developed with several major automotive manufacturers, including Ford, Hitachi and Toyota.

 

"NOHMs represents precisely the kind of company Gov. Beshear envisioned as he created the Kentucky-Argonne center,” said Tony Hancock of the Kentucky Argonne Center. “NOHMs has a game-changing technology in the battery industry, and by using the world-class facilities and equipment at Kentucky-Argonne, NOHMs will be able to produce prototype quantities for testing this new technology. We are actively recruiting other companies such as NOHMs to move to Kentucky, use this facility, and help make Kentucky the center for battery technology."

 

For information about the UK Center for Applied Energy Research, go to www.caer.uky.edu. Information about Kentucky-Argonne can be found at www.kyargonne.org.

 

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.

 

 

nohms.jpgcapilouto_nohms..jpg
August
 
 
 
 
 
1
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Fri
2
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Sat
3
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Artful Sunday: Wrapped Art
Sun
4
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Mon
5
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Tue
6
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Get Moving - A Walking Group for Caregivers
Wed
7
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Thu
8
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Fri
9
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Sat
10
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Sun
11
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Mon
12
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
UK Working Moms Connection
Tue
13
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Wed
14
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Thu
15
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Fri
16
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Sat
17
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection
Sun
18
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Mon
19
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Tue
20
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
Wed
21
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Thu
22
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Midnight Dodgeball Tournament
CARES First Year Focus Parent Meetings
CARES First Year Focus Parent Meetings
Parent and Families Reception
Residence Hall Floor Meeting
Off-campus Freshmen Check-in
K Team Meeting: K Week Kick-off
Death By Chocolate
Fri
23
Employee Educational Assistance Award
A Parent's Guide to Life after August 23
Campus Safety Information Session
Donut Avoid The Study
Common Cents: Money Management for College Students Session 1
See Blue...See Community
Succeeding in A Large Lecture Classroom
Horses, Bluegrass, Basketball, and More: Welcome to Kentucky
Success at Any Age: College Tips for Adult Learners
Write Right: Tips for Writing Well in College
Common Cents: Money Management for College Students Session 2
How to Graduate in Four Years
Parental Involvement in Fraternity and Sorority Life
Parents Watch for Warning Signs: Suicide Prevention for College Students
Preparing to be a Pre-Professional
Presentation U!: Where YOU are the Ultimate Presentation
Religious Life at UK
Successful Off-Campus Living
The Transfer Student Cruise: Navigating your way through UK
UK Parking & Transportation 101
You Heard It Here First: Tips From A Faculty Member
New Student Induction Ceremony
Minority Student Welcome
Transfer Student Cookout
K Team Meeting: K Week Overview
Men's Soccer vs. Georgia State
Big Blue U
Campus Ruckus
Campus Ruckus
Sat
24
Employee Educational Assistance Award
LNFS Presents: Jackass 3
LNFS Presents: Godzilla
Pedalpalooza
K Team Meeting: Lunch and Campus Tour
Center for Community Outreach: Do Good, Start Here.
UK Lex-Mart
Alternative Service Breaks: See the World, Change the World
From the Real World to the Amazing Race, Don't Wipeout: Your Advisor, Advising, and You
Blackboard Basics
Student Government Association Information Session
EMPOWER: Women’s Leadership Retreat Interest Session
Student Center Spectacular
Student Center Spectacular
Sun
25
Employee Educational Assistance Award
UK FUSION
UK Parking & Transportation 101
University of Kentucky Association for Transfer Students Interest Session
Candy, Condoms, Coffee
Cleaner, Healthier, Cheaper, Faster: Why Bicycling is the Best Way to Get Around Campus (and how to do it safely)
Working on Campus
K Team Meeting: Dinner with your K Team
Meijer Mania
Mon
26
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Last Day to Drop a Course with 100% Refund
Chem at UK Cafe-N-OJ with the Student American Chemical Society
Coffee (or Coke), Cookies, & Communication!: Come see blue. at Presentation U!
Don't Blow Yourself Up: Surviving Chemistry
Fraternity Recruitment Info Session
OMG! Did I Just E-Mail That to My Professor???
Surviving Your First Year and Beyond: Strategies To Do Well in Your Classes
Sustainable UK: Exploring Environmental Programs in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment (CAFE)
A User Guide for Your Mathematics Class
Discover the UK Art Museum
K Team Meeting: Common Reading Experience Discussion
Common Reading Introduction for International Students
Transfer Student Meet and Greet
We Are UK
Rec 'N Roll 2014
Big Blue Bingo Night
Mic Check
Tue
27
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Fraternity Recruitment Info Session
LNFS Presents: Jurassic Park
First Day of Classes
Campus Outreach
Opening Act: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Wed
28
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Her
LNFS Presents: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Student Involvement Fair
OrgSync Info session
LGBTQ* Welcome Back
Dive Into Diversity!
Residence Hall Floor Meetings
Thu
29
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Sea of Blue
One Last Beach Bash: RSA Block Party
LNFS Presents: Team America: World Police
Pills and Pizza
K Week Event: Pills and Pizza
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Wichita State
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Francis Marion
Fri
30
Employee Educational Assistance Award
LNFS Presents: Neighbors
The Tailgate "Kick-Off"
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Butler
Kentucky Football vs. UT-Martin
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Virginia Tech
Sat
31
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Ohio
Men's Soccer vs. Belmont
Sun
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reset Page