New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $1.4 million has been awarded to six companies working on new technologies to improve the grid and battery and energy storage.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said this funding will help develop working prototypes that demonstrate the ability of these advanced energy storage systems to diversify transportation fuels.

“Investing in New York’s cleantech economy will revolutionize the way we store and transfer energy while creating jobs and supporting our state’s clean energy businesses,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help to create new opportunities for manufacturers and researchers around the state to commercialize their products, help the environment by reducing energy use, and ultimately continue to grow our state’s green economy.”

Funding is provided through the NYSERDA and New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium Bench-to-Prototype solicitation.

These are the recipients who are involved in transportation:

  • Cornell University was awarded $250,000 and will develop and demonstrate a regenerative fuel cell energy storage system, using a Cornell-designed membrane, to produce hydrogen. This project will seek to address a key obstacle in renewable hydrogen production – reducing the cost – which could reduce fossil fuel dependence by transitioning to hydrogen-powered vehicles.
  • Columbia University was awarded $250,000 and seeks to scale-up electrochemical reactor technology developed at the school using a system that converts electricity into energy stored in a liquid fuel. The technology, if successful, would have significant environmental benefits by providing a new method for storing energy
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy was awarded $122,000 and will work with Finch Paper of Glens Falls and JNC of Rye to develop high-energy density cathode materials for lithium-sulfur batteries using a low-cost byproduct generated by the paper industry. This project could result in lower-cost lithium batteries for transportation and stationary storage applications and enable some paper mills in New York to convert a low-value byproduct stream into a high-value cathode material.