ASPILSAN Enerji A.Ş., Turkey's only energy storage company, and Sabancı University signed a research and development cooperation protocol for scientific and technological studies in Energy Storage Technologies.
ASPILSAN Enerji A.Ş., a Turkish Army Foundation company that established Turkey's first lithium-ion cylindirical battery production facility, now enlists the help of Turkey's youth for further strength in the industry. ASPILSAN and Sabancı University signed a Research and Development Cooperation and Mentorship Framework Protocol for scientific and technological studies in Energy Storage Technologies.
The protocol was signed in a ceremony during IDEF '19, the International Defense Industry Fair, with the attendance of ASPILSAN Board of Directors Chair İlhan Bölük, Turkish Army Foundation Deputy General Manager Sadık Piyade, Sabancı University President Professor Yusuf Leblebici, ASPILSAN Enerji General Manager Ferhat Özsoy, and Sabancı University Vice President Professor Fuat Keyman.
The protocol includes undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs to be offered by Sabancı University in areas needed by ASPILSAN Enerji. Another major aspect of the protocol is the use of the knowledge, experience and resources developed by Sabancı University in projects to be developed by ASPILSAN Enerji.
Academics to gain industry experience
Sabancı University faculty members will have the opportunity to work and do research in ASPILSAN Enerji's own R&D centers.
ASPILSAN Board of Directors Chair İlhan Bölük stated that the project would be an exemplary initiative in Turkey for helping academics gain valuable industry experience and developing university-industry collaboration.
Emphasizing the importance of R&D initiatives for ASPILSAN Enerji, Bölük said, "We have established three R&D Centers in Kayseri, Ankara and Istanbul to be closer to universities. We intend to take our research further with the Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center (SUNUM).”
Professor Yusuf Leblebici:
“At the core of technological development is a trained workforce”
Sabancı University's emphasis on industry partnership and the cooperation with ASPILSAN Enerji, Turkey's only energy storage company, will expand the depth of expertise in energy storage applications.
Sabancı University President Yusuf Leblebici said, “It is of great value that the technologies we develop in the university reach out to the industry. The university-industry partnership we start today will not only contribute to technological development through project development and prototype production, but also to training a qualified technical workforce for the critical subject of energy storage. At the core of technological development is a trained workforce.”