ARPA-E Awards Grant To Companies For Energy-Storage Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded a $1.6 million grant to a collaboration of DuPont, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Bosch and 3M to develop a long-lasting, less-expensive way to store clean energy. This technology is aimed at improving the operation of the electric grid through the temporary storage of electrical energy with a new battery system.

According to Steven Freilich, director of DuPont Materials Science and Engineering, the new batteries will be able to store and provide energy on demand, which will eventually eliminate fluctuations in the company's power systems.

The aim of the project is to contribute to innovations in technology that allow for better energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The companies say the new battery system will improve the reliability of electric power transmission, enhance energy efficiency and reduce future emissions of greenhouse gases. The program will help accelerate the growth of these technologies, make them cost-competitive and create green jobs, the companies add.

The work will be carried out at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.; Bosch in Palo Alto, Calif., and Cambridge, Mass.; DuPont's Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del.; and facilities at 3M.

The ARPA-E grant is part of the $92 million in awards announced by the DOE. For more information on grantees and projects, visit energy.gov/news/9205.htm.

SOURCES: DuPont, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, The Bosch Group, 3M, Department of Energy

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