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US to fund 19 energy storage projects

US Department of Energy will allocate USD43m to projects advancing battery management and storage

19 projects will innovate battery management and storage

The US Department of Energy has given the go-ahead to 19 US clean energy projects designed to  develop energy storage technologies. The Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will provide USD43m to the projects focusing on innovations in battery management and storage.

The department expects the projects will advance electric vehicle technologies, help improve the efficiency and reliability of the electrical grid as well as provide important energy security benefits to America’s armed forces.
“This latest round of ARPA-E projects seek to address the remaining challenges in energy storage technologies, which could revolutionize the way Americans store and use energy in electric vehicles, the grid and beyond,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

“These cutting-edge projects could transform our energy infrastructure, dramatically reduce our reliance on imported oil and increase American energy security,” he said.

Twelve of the research projects will develop advanced sensing and control technologies that could dramatically improve and provide innovations in safety, performance and lifetime for grid-scale and vehicle batteries.

The innovations will help reduce costs and improve the performance of next generation storage technologies, which could be applied in both plug-in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.

The other seven projects will pursue cutting-edge energy storage developments for stationary power and electric vehicles. These projects will develop new innovative battery chemistries and battery designs.

This development comes after the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) invited US firm Powin Energy to participate in the development of industry protocols for measuring and quantifying the performance of energy storage applications in March 2012.