The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) division of the Department of Energy has awarded a total $5.5 million to three New York State based energy research projects for their potential to significantly improve the way energy is used/produced in the United States while simultaneously increasing competitiveness and creating jobs.
The CUNY Energy Institute of New York City received a total of $4,568,330 for two projects. The Energy Institute received $1,568,330 to develop an electrically insulating material to be used for a revolutionary thin film capacitor that would allow for low-cost, efficient grid interfaces and metacapacitors, or flexible sheets of fabric that can be used for electrical power conversion. The Energy Institute was also awarded $3,000,000 to develop a grid-scale fully-rechargeable energy storage system out of ordinary low-cost disposable alkaline batteries.
GE Global Research of Niskayuna, NY was awarded $949,545 to develop a magnetic component to support compact power interfaces between solar photovoltaics and the electrical grid.
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