Research into energy storage and related technologies has been given a boost in the US in the past few days, with a major utility company committing funding in Indiana for renewables integration and New Yorks governor announcing the creation of a research facility.
Duke Energy, a major US utility, will contribute US$1 million of research funding for electricity storage to integrate renewables, while Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York said a public-private partnership between a university and the New York Power Authority would establish a smart grid research facility.
Duke Energy, headquartered in North Carolina and serving over seven million customers across a number of states, will fund research into solar and wind storage programmes at the Battery Innovation Center in Southern Indiana. The research will look at solar and wind integration using energy storage with particular regards to homes and communities.
Meanwhile, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week the creation of a research and development (R&D) facility to support the stability of the states electrical grid. The new facility, Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy (AGILe), will be intended in part to support the transition away from centralised generation and transmission of energy. Behind the project is a partnership between the New York Power Authority and State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY).
Source: PV Tech
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