Battelle Memorial Institute
|Type||Private Nonprofit Charitable Trust|
|Founded||Columbus, Ohio (1929)|
|Key people||Jeffrey Wadsworth, President and CEO|
|Products||Technical & Scientific Research Services|
|Revenue||$6.2 billion USD|
Battelle Memorial Institute is a private nonprofit applied science and technology development company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Battelle is a charitable trust organized as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Ohio and is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code because it is organized for charitable, scientific and education purposes. The institute opened in 1929 but traces its origins to the 1923 will of Ohio industrialist Gordon Battelle which provided for its creation. Originally focusing on contract research and development work in the areas of metals and material science, Battelle is now an international science and technology enterprise that explores emerging areas of science, develops and commercializes technology, and manages laboratories for customers.
Battelle serves the following:
- Consumer & Industrial - Advanced Manufacturing & Design, Agribusiness, Critical Infrastructure, Cyber Innovations, Product & Process Development
- Energy & Environment - Agribusiness, Alternative Energy, Environmental Services, Marine & Coastal, Oil & Gas, Analytical Chemistry, Utilities
- Health & Pharmaceutical - Advanced Manufacturing & Design, Data Analytics, Life Sciences Research, Medical Products, Medical Readiness & Response, Public Health
- Laboratory Management - Battelle manages the following: Brookhaven National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.K. National Nuclear Laboratory
- National Security - Advanced Manufacturing & Design, CBRNE Defense, Critical Infrastructure, Cyber Innovations, Demilitarization, Identity Management, Life Sciences Research, Maritime Systems, Medical Readiness & Response, Tactical Systems
- STEM Education - Education Innovation, Standards of Excellence, STEM Learning Networks, Workforce Development
In addition to its Columbus (Ohio) headquarters, Battelle has offices in Aberdeen (Maryland), West Jefferson (Ohio), Dublin (Ohio), Sequim (Washington), Arlington (Virginia), Duxbury (Massachusetts), Charlottesville (Virginia), Houston (Texas), Anchorage (Alaska) and Egg Harbor Township (New Jersey).
National Laboratory Management
- Brookhaven National Laboratory (through Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC – a collaboration between Battelle and Stony Brook University)
- Idaho National Laboratory (through the Battelle Energy Alliance – a collaboration between Battelle, BWX Technologies, Inc., Washington Group International, Electric Power Research Institute and an alliance of universities)
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (through Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC – a collaboration between Battelle, BWX Technologies, Inc., Washington Group International, the University of California, Bechtel National, and The Texas A&M University System)
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (in partnership with MRIGlobal)
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (through UT-Battelle, LLC – a collaboration between Battelle and the University of Tennessee)
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Additionally, on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security:
With the United Kingdom's Department of Energy and Climate Change:
Technological and medical advances
In the 1940s, Battelle's Vice-President of Engineering, John Crout made it possible for Battelle researchers, including William Bixby and Paul Andrus, to develop Chester Carlson's concept of dry copying. Carlson had been turned down for funding by more than a dozen agencies including the U.S. Navy. Work led to the first commercial xerographic equipment, and to the formation of Xerox corporation.
Battelle also developed the first nuclear fuel rods for nuclear reactors, numerous advances in metallurgy that helped advance the United States space program, algorithms and coatings that led to the first optical digital recorder developed by James Russell, which paved the way for the first compact disc, and the first generation jet engines using titanium alloys.
Other advances included the armor plating for tanks in World War II; Snopake, the first correction fluid, developed in 1955; the fuel for the first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571); development of the Universal Product Code in 1965; cruise control for automobiles in 1970; and the first all-sputtered photovolatic cell for solar energy in 1974. In 1987, PIRI, a fiber optics venture with Mitsubishi and NTT, was launched, which resulted in a $1.8 billion market. A fun note, in conjunction with Kevin M. Amula, Battelle Geneva developed "No-melt" chocolate in 1988.
Another outstanding pioneer invention & development of Battelle-Geneva was the Ti-Ni-MH high-energy storage technique performed from 1970 to 1990 for Daimler-Benz and Volkswagen which made possible to TOYOTA to launch the hybrid propulsion line. NiMH batteries are currently installed in over 5 mio hybrid electric vehicles (Toyota, Honda, Ford, VW, BMW, Porsche etc). In addition, 30 mio NiMH consumer batteries were sold up to now. - In 2012 the German chemical company BASF took over the ECD Ovonic Battery Company / USA which had refined, commercialized and licensed the Battelle-Geneva invention to 35 companies worldwide.
Battelle has made numerous medical advances, including a 1972 breakthrough development of special tubing to prevent blood clots during surgical procedures,any and more recently, the development of reusable insuline injection pen, including dose memory, with Eli Lilly and Co..
Battelle provides funds for a public policy research center at The Ohio State University to focus on scholarly questions associated with science and technology policy. The Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy began official operation in July 2011.
- Chester Carlson
- John Crout
- Raymond Davis, Jr.
- Top 100 US Federal Contractors
- Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST)
- "Annual Financial Statement". Battelle Memorial Institute. Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
- Battelle Memorial Institute Firsts Retrieved 26 July 2009.
- St. Louis Commerce Magazine, "A Tale of Four Cities" Retrieved 26 July 2009.