Lithium battery for high-powered microscope to be made in WNY

Battery to help in cancer research

Mike Baggerman
August 08, 2019 - 2:56 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - New York State officials are touting the creation of a lithium battery which will be used to power a microscope for cancer research at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Buffalo-based Viridi Parente will manufacture the battery for the Cry-Electron microscope that's designed to accelerate research at the downtown medical campus. This lithium battery will allow Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute to use the microscope.

"It will continue to grow Buffalo as the epicenter for cancer research on a worldwide stage," State Senator Tim Kennedy. "This microscope will be a game changer...It essentially shrinks the time research takes from years to months."

The energy demand of the microscope is substantial, according to Kennedy. The battery is expected to save as much as $300,000 in energy costs.

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