Trojan Battery opens new R&D facility
By Lindsey Anderson21 May 2015
Trojan Battery Co., LLC, has opened a new research and development center in Sligo, Ireland. Known as Trojan Battery Ireland Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Trojan Battery Co., LLC, the facility is located on the campus of the Institute of Technology, Sligo at its Innovation Centre.
“The addition of Trojan Battery to our list of resident technology companies exemplifies the strategic focus of the IT Sligo – to provide an advanced setting for companies to further their innovative research and product development efforts,” said Niall McEvoy, head of innovation for the IT Sligo. “Trojan will have access to some of the world’s most advanced R&D capabilities available.”
Trojan Battery Ireland will focus on R&D of advanced material additives, fundamental electrochemistry and other innovative technologies. In addition, the Advanced Materials Centre will enable Trojan to introduce advancements in deep-cycle battery technology more quickly.
“Establishing the Sligo facility is a key step in expanding Trojan’s R&D activities, and will strengthen our ability to remain on the cutting edge of battery technology research,” said Gordon Beckley, senior vice president of engineering and quality assurance for Trojan Battery. “By having a research facility separate from any of Trojan’s manufacturing plants, allows the Sligo engineering team to remain focused on true research and advanced development, while not being pulled into manufacturing continuous improvement projects. This independence is important as technology innovation plays a larger role in our long term success.”
Trojan has appointed two research scientists to manage various Trojan projects at the new Sligo R&D facility.
• Cormac O’Keeffe, Ph.D., serves as the supervisor of advance materials and manages the overall research and development efforts at the center. He earned his doctorate degree in inorganic chemistry from the National University of Ireland, Galway and is currently studying for a master’s degree in hybrid inorganic/organic material development from the Athlone Institute of Technology.
• Anita Hamilton, Ph.D., serves as Trojan’s lab research chemist. She earned her doctorate degree in electrochemistry from National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
“Trojan Battery will benefit from the innovative facilities located within the Institute of Technology Sligo enabling the company to conduct research and testing, as well as continue to bring the most innovative deep-cycle battery technologies to the market,” said Professor Vincent Cunnane, president of IT Sligo.