Utah, USA -- The clean energy economy of the Empire State has just received a serious booster shot, thanks to the newly opened Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Testing and Commercialization Center in Rochester, New York. Made possible by state seed funding and a public-private partnership between the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) and DNV GL, the center will serve to address two of the greatest challenges facing New York-based energy storage companies: access to technology and cost.
Until now, energy storage companies in New York have been hampered in their ability to develop and test new technologies because of the high costs associated with delivery of systems for testing in distant geographical areas. By relocating its existing energy storage testing facility in Pennsylvania to New York, DNV GL has eliminated those obstacles.
William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST, said the new center will serve not only the numerous existing global energy storage companies already in New York, but will also act as a magnet to attract further investments by clean energy companies seeking growth opportunities.
“This project and our partnership with DNV GL further solidifies New York’s leadership role as a hub for energy innovation,” Acker said. “The new center is part of the state’s ecosystem for clean energy technologies which incorporates world class research institutions, a network of entrepreneurs, investors, major global companies, world-class manufacturing capabilities, state policies favorable to clean energy solutions and some of the largest markets for energy in the world.”
The state of the art center is capable of performing tests for a wide variety of systems ranging from single cells to those storing power measurements into the megawatts. In addition to environmental and battery lifetime testing, the center also supports product development, performance validation and certification testing — all of...
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