The state of New York announced it has provided $15 million in funding for four long-duration energy storage projects that directly support its goal of installing 3 GW of energy storage by 2030. New York has also made an additional $8.15 million available to back innovative long-duration energy storage solutions, devices, software, and other complementary technologies yet to be commercialized.
"Increasing the state’s capacity to store wind and solar energy for increasing amounts of time is essential to meet our climate and clean energy goals, especially as more energy flows to the grid from renewable energy projects coming online,” said Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Form Energy received $12 million, the largest grant awarded by the state, to support the deployment of a 10 MW iron-air battery system. The company expects the system to be operational by 2026.
Ecolectro Inc. received $1.08 million in funding to scale up polymer chemistry and materials that are expected to reduce the cost of producing hydrogen through electrolysis. The project, in partnership with Liberty Utilities, will test several 10 kW electrolysis units in Massena.
PolyJoule Inc was awarded $1.03 million to install a 2 MWh, 167 kW long-duration modular battery energy storage system at the Astoria Generation Station in Queens. The project will be completed in partnership with Eastern Generation.
Urban Electric Power received nearly $704,000 to install a 1 MWh battery energy storage system using its rechargeable zinc alkaline battery technology in Pearl River. The project has an ultimate goal of targeting both commercial and industrial facilities.