Nine Companies Partner with New York State's NYSERDA to Promote Energy Storage Innovation.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced that New York State has partnered with nine companies taking part in innovative energy storage research and development projects that will bring increased energy efficiency and reliability to alternative-fuel vehicles and the electric grid.
Under this program, the companies – members of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium – will work on "bench-to-prototype" technologies in an effort to move clean-technology energy storage devices from the lab to the marketplace.
Technologies include advanced batteries, ultracapacitors, fuel cells and control modules. These technologies can also reduce the need for fossil fuels in transportation. Energy storage devices such as ultracapacitors, for example, serve a vital role in providing instant energy for hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as electronic devices.
- Combined Energies, Latham -- Combined Energies, a developer of distributed generation systems and components, is employing its low-cost power conversion technology to increase the life and run time of electrochemical batteries. The demonstration on airport ground support equipment will use a combination of ultracapacitors and batteries and will be integrated into a single, low-cost module to alleviate power fluctuations in the electric vehicles.
- Eonix, Colonie – Eonix will develop next-generation electrolytes that enable higher performance in ultracapacitors by storing up to 30 percent more energy than similar devices, leading to expanded capacity and reduced cost. The technology could be used in applications as electric vehicles and renewable energy devices, and for military use.
- Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V), Greenwich – H&V will develop high surface area separators, a component of advanced lead acid batteries used in micro-hybrid vehicles. Market demand in micro-hybrid vehicles and grid storage applications is expected to increase demand for these advanced separators. H&V has been producing advanced lead acid separators at this site since 1956.
- DNV GL, Rochester – DNV will develop a novel separator for lithium-ion batteries. The purpose of the separator is to decrease the risk of fires due to Lithium-ion batteries, which – while rare – have occurred in the past. Ultralife (Newark, N.Y.) and Oak-Mitsui (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) will participate in project reviews. The company will also investigate methods for automatically extinguishing a Lithium-ion fire should it occur.
- Bettergy, Peekskill – Bettergy seeks to scale-up and develop a prototype for its low-cost rechargeable zinc-based battery. This novel technology, which is expected to sell at a significantly lower cost than similar batteries, has a long cycle life and can last up to 20 years. It would be attractive to electric grid and transportation storage applications, and would also be more environmentally safe than other batteries of this type.
- Custom Electronics, Oneonta – Custom Electronics will develop a detailed commercialization plan and produce prototype devices for a high voltage graphene-based electrolytic capacitor. This product is designed to provide increased power conditioning performance for applications such as computer servers and electrical equipment.
- Lionano, Ithaca – Lionano is a startup company seeking to commercialize a high-performance nano-engineered anode material for the Lithium-ion battery sector. The development of this nano- anode material at Cornell University, revealed characteristics of improved capacity, extended battery life and reduced recharge time, when compared to existing available anodes.
- Raymond Corp., Greene (Chenango County) – Raymond plans to test the use of Navitas Systems’ lithium-ion batteries in its electric lift trucks to increase performance in cold environments. If the batteries demonstrate the projected improvement in run time and productivity, Raymond – a world leader in electric lift trucks with over 1,500 employees in Greene, NY – anticipates growing customer interest in extreme-duty applications.
- Graphenix Development, Williamsville -- Graphenix is a startup company working to commercialize a nanostructured carbon electrode for high power, high energy ultracapacitors. Applications include hybrid vehicles, electric grid, industrial devices and energy efficiency applications. Under this program, the company will continue to improve electrode performance while scaling up the manufacturing process.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.
Green Energy News was not involved in the creation of this content.