Researchers to Test Energy-Efficient Batteries

Date: Feb 26, 2019

A new type of energy-efficient storage battery will be tested by Unique Technical Services under the supervision of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), a New York State Center of Excellence at Stony Brook University.

Vanadium battery

Researchers Stony Brook University energy researchers will be testing a prototype storage battery called a vanadium flow battery, designed to be more energy efficient than existing flow batteries used in industry and have added commercial value and residential applications. The battery, developed by StorEn Technologies, is being tested through the end of next month

Vanadium flow batteries are a newer technology used in power plants and other major industry as backup energy sources. Existing vanadium flow battery designs are large in size and built for big industry. StorEn is taking this technology to a new level by making a smaller, more condensed prototype, suitable for smaller load markets – the energy industry’s first vanadium flow battery designed for residential and light commercial applications.

The testing of the battery and process for validating its applications has moved forward at the AERTC and under the guidance of several New York State economic development partners and programs, including the Center in Integrated Electric Energy Systems (CIEES), a NY State-designated Center for Advanced Technology located in the AERTC; the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP), and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at the Rochester Institute of Technology. NYSP2I will be issuing a comprehensive technical and environmental impact report upon completion of the testing, which StorEn anticipates will be critical to raising the required funds to commercialize their technology.

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