NYSERDA Commits $8M to Develop and Commercialize 19 New York Battery and Energy-Storage Technology Projects
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will award $8 million to help develop or commercialize 19 advanced energy storage projects. The awards are being made to companies and universities across New York that are involved in advanced research and development of energy storage applications that could benefit transportation, utility Smart Grid applications, renewable energy technologies, and other industries.
Francis J. Murray, Jr., NYSERDA president and CEO made the announcement at a meeting of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST), a consortium created by Governor David Paterson to support New York’s energy storage industry. The 19 projects, which include two lithium-air efforts, will leverage $7.3 million in cost-sharing by recipients for a total of $15.3 million in funding.
Funding will support projects in two categories: Industry-led near-term commercialization partnerships (two major awards), and technology development.
|Industry-Led Commercialization Partnerships: $4.8 million|
|General Electric||GE is developing improvements to its sodium metal halide batteries for use in a new generation of cleaner locomotives and stationary applications to smooth intermittent renewable power generation as it interconnects with the grid and critical load back-up power and other applications.||$2,500,000|
|Ultralife Corporation||Integrating battery and ultra-capacitors on a common power circuit serving two renewable-energy generation sources. This will enable increased renewable-energy contributions to the grid. Also, the system can provide backup electricity during an outage and, during normal operation, allow customers to draw on the stored energy to reduce both their peak electric grid demand and the utility charges associated with peak demand.||$2,400,000|
|Technology Development: $3.2 million|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Next-generation lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.||$200,000|
|Ioxus||Three projects to improve its ultracapacitor performance through developing a novel electrode-electrolyte interface; use nanostructured materials in the electrodes; and develop a new high density electrode material.||$600,000|
|College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany||Electrolytes to improve the performance of ultra-capacitors.||$200,000|
|Hollingsworth & Vose, Co.||Advanced separator for valve-regulated lead-acid batteries.||$200,000|
|City University of New York||Two projects: developing a novel nickel-zinc battery that uses low-cost materials and technologies to improve the performance of ultra-capacitors.||$349,597|
|Cornell University||Non-flammable battery electrolytes with improved temperature and voltage performance.||$200,000|
|General Motors||Materials for improved lithium-ion battery electrodes for automotive applications.||$196,090|
|Impact Technologies||A novel method to increase the lifetime of batteries by assessing battery health using in-cell measurement.||$99,766|
|Cerion Enterprises||Innovative materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries, which are used in automotive applications and in consumer electronics.||$200,000|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Methods to recycle and reuse lithium-ion batteries minimizing waste streams to landfills and maximizing reclamation.||$195,869|
|Brookhaven National Laboratory, SUNY Binghamton, and SUNY Buffalo||Three projects to develop improved batteries for use in stationary grid-scale energy storage applications including lithium-air, lithium-ion, and lithium-titanate batteries.||$552,89|
|SUNY Binghamton||Lithium-air storage systems that could have applications in vehicle or grid systems.||$200,000|