Follow-through on strategic green energy, energy efficiency and economic development plans hatched at the state and federal government level are generating a burst of technological and industrial innovation. A growing number and variety of government funding opportunities and public-private partnerships aim to accelerate research, development and commercial deployment of smart energy storage technology and systems.
On October 5, the U.S. Energy Department announced it is opening up $15 million in funding opportunities for those developing innovative solutions capable of integrating advanced energy storage and affordable solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with the power grid.
Most recently, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced it is partnering with nine companies conducting innovative energy storage research and development (R&D) projects that will bring increased energy efficiency and reliability to alternative-fuel vehicles and the electric grid.”
Members of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), the nine will work with NYSERDA on “bench-to-prototype” technologies that aim to speed up the process of shepherding promising clean energy storage innovations from research labs to commercial deployment.
NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes highlighted how the state’s new energy storage partnerships fits “hand-in-glove” with Governor Cuomo’s goals to forge New York State’s clean-energy economy and enhance the reliability, resiliency and efficiency of the state’s energy system.
“The businesses receiving these awards – all members of the NY-BEST consortium – are working on the next-generation of technology to reduce power needs, support more energy-efficient vehicles and electronic devices, and make greater use of renewable resources,” Rhodes elaborated.
The crucial difference government support and partnerships can make
We here at Green Charge Networks know full well the significance and critical difference government support and incentives can have, and how they can pay off, not only for the viable businesses that are launched, but for U.S. communities, society and the environment.
Federal R&D funding from the Energy Department enabled us to develop and pilot test our flagship GreenStation intelligent energy management platform. Our partnership with DOE was also instrumental in helping us connect with business partners, such as Con Edison and 7-Eleven, to help us prove our innovative smart energy technology in the field at commercial scale.
Today, Green Charge has installed the GreenStation intelligent energy storage across a range of sectors, including retail chains, hotels, industrial plants, colleges and universities, and municipalities.
When it comes to scientific, technological and commercial innovation, information sharing and collaboration are more vital, and possible, today than they have ever been. Just as, if not more, importantly, working with DOE and state agencies in California and New York “plugged” us into a widespread, diverse information network of like-minded companies, individuals and non-profit organizations.
We applaud government representatives and officials, such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, for having the foresight, strength of character and belief in U.S. scientists, engineers, business people and the broad public to “push the envelope” and deliver innovative solutions that help solve some of our society’s greatest challenges, including forging a cleaner, “greener” energy future for current and future generations.