Batteries, Fuel Cell Technologies and Related Products to Help Provide
Resilient and Efficient Solutions for Vehicles, Buildings or Electric Grid
The New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority (NYSERDA) has announced awards to seven New York-based companies to
scale-up or demonstrate innovative new approaches to energy storage, an
essential component of Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)
comprehensive energy strategy.
The companies – members of the
New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium – will
work on "bench-to-prototype" technologies to move clean-technology
energy storage devices from the lab to the marketplace. REV is Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo’s comprehensive energy strategy to build a next-generation
energy system that is clean, resilient and affordable for all New Yorkers.
Technologies include advanced
batteries; ultracapacitors, which store and discharge energy quickly; fuel
cells; and control modules, which help reduce energy consumption. These
technologies can reduce the need for fossil fuels in transportation, create a
more efficient energy grid and make greater use of renewable energy sources.
"The companies receiving
these awards will help create innovative energy storage technology to serve
vehicle, building and grid power needs," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "Under
Governor Cuomo's REV strategy, New York State is transforming the way
electricity is distributed and used by consumers, and energy storage will
factor significantly into development of a resilient, affordable, clean
Energy storage serves a vital
role in a variety of power applications. It improves grid performance by
enabling utilities to smooth out routine energy fluctuations, improving
energy efficiency at power plants and reducing the risk of grid outages at
times of high demand. Storage also provides opportunities to take greater
advantage of renewable energy resources, such as solar or wind, at customer
sites, storing clean energy when it is not
needed for future use when demand is higher. In transportation, it serves
an important role in providing instant energy for hybrid and electric
vehicles, as well as electronic devices.
"NY-BEST is grateful for the strong support that New
York State continues to demonstrate toward the energy storage industry,"
said William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST. "From the
state’s support of energy storage R&D and
prototyping and commercialization resources, to its recognition of storage’s
role in transforming the electric grid, it’s clear that New York State is a
great place for the energy storage industry. We congratulate these innovative
companies on their successful awards from NYSERDA and look forward to
supporting their continued success.”
Support is being provided for
the following projects:
New York City
Chemistry to increase battery life and decrease costs –
Urban Electric Power (New York City) has developed a
zinc-manganese-dioxide battery chemistry to reduce the total cost of
electrical energy storage in grid-based applications.
Anti-idling battery to reduce the need for ambulances
to run engines continuously – Bren-Tronics (Commack) is a prime supplier
of rechargeable and high energy lithium batteries to the U.S.
military. It is developing an anti-idling battery that reduces fuel
costs, noise and emissions.
battery-charger and low-voltage power supply used in transportation
Applied Power Systems (Hicksville) seeks to improve the functionality
and efficiency of its technology for transportation applications, including
commuter rail lines. The company is expanding its product capabilities to
include new battery technologies.
Storage for solar energy – Varta Microbattery (Rye)
is developing an energy storage solution for solar installations that
will provide backup power while minimizing the need for additional
components. The project includes development of an "island
interconnection device" that allows a microgrid at a customer site or in
a community to easily connect or disconnect from the main electric grid.
component manufacturing – Enermat
Technologies (Clifton Park) founded by graduates of Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute in Troy, seeks to commercialize graphene-based
electrodes for advanced lithium-ion batteries by developing a scalable
manufacturing strategy to produce this nanomaterial, which can store more
energy than existing materials.
Fuel cell assembly technology – American Fuel Cell
(Rochester) is demonstrating the scale-up of its new fuel cell
technology for multiple stationary and mobility applications, offering
reduced manufacturing costs from existing technology. The company
participated in NYSERDA's Rochester-based proof-of-concept center, NEXUS-NY,
which helps early-stage researchers turn lab successes into commercial
Power converter to store more energy in a smaller space -- Working with Applied Power Systems,
PowerHub Systems is developing a silicone-carbide-based power converter for
energy storage systems that are expected to take up less space and store more
power than comparable technologies.
Under Governor Cuomo’s initiative for Reforming the Energy
Vision, New York State will spur clean energy innovation, bring in new
investments, improve consumer choice while protecting the environment and
energizing New York’s economy. This pioneering approach provides New Yorkers
new opportunities for energy savings, local power generation, and enhanced
reliability. To achieve the State’s economic development and environmental
objectives, Reforming the Energy Vision encompasses statewide initiatives
such as the Clean Energy Fund and $1 billion NY Green Bank to overcome market
barriers and attract private capital. By empowering communities and creating
jobs through programs like Community Solar NY and K-Solar for schools, the
$40 million NY-Prize competition for community microgrids and the $1 billion
NY-Sun Initiative, New York is leveraging statewide resources to integrate
local energy resources and meet the needs of New York communities.
NYSERDA, a public
benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative
programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase
energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their
reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our
environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing
partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit http://nyserda.ny.gov
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