Nine companies conducting research and development into energy storage, including for integration of renewable energy, have partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and are set to receive funding from the body.
NYSERDA announced the partnerships yesterday. The awards are capped at a maximum of US$250,000, with each of the nine companies thought to be receiving around that amount.
The support from the authority will be used to fund research and development into the electric grid as well as “alternative fuel vehicles” such as EVs. The work on the grid side will include developing storage resources that can maximise the value and utilisation of solar and wind-generated electricity. It will also look at more general grid and electricity supply issues, such as smoothing out fluctuations in supply, improving the energy efficiency of power plants and electronics products and balancing supply and demand to limit or prevent power outages.
On the alternative fuel vehicle side, cleaner energy technologies for powering vehicles will be explored. The companies selected in both grid and vehicle areas encompass a wide range of technologies, from various battery types to other kinds of storage such as ultracapacitors and electronics management devices such as power converters.
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