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Governor Cuomo awards $1.4 million to companies working on new technologies

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ALBANY, N.Y.--  Governor Cuomo announced that six companies working on new technologies in battery and energy storage will be awarded $1.4 million.

The companies working on these new technologies will help develop working prototypes that demonstrate the ability to harden the state's electric grid.

"Investing in New York's cleantech economy will revolutionize the way we store and transfer energy while creating jobs and supporting our state's clean energy businesses," said Governor Cuomo.

Funding is provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST).

The following recipients were awarded $250,000 unless noted otherwise:

Mohawk Valley -- Custom Electronics will work with Binghamton University to develop a new electric capacitor for power conditioning applications to enable a smoother, consistent voltage for sensitive electronic devices. This new capacitor will incorporate a flexible manufacturing process and is expected to provide energy density and greater tolerance to temperature.

Central New York -- Cornell University will develop and demonstrate a regenerative fuel cell energy storage system, using a Cornell-designed membrane, to produce hydrogen. This project will seek to address a key obstacle in renewable hydrogen production – reducing the cost – which could reduce fossil fuel dependence by transitioning to hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Central New York -- Widetronix will work with the Cornell Nanoscale Facility to enhance the power density of the Widetronix betavoltaic platform. Betavoltaics are millimeter-scale semiconductor chips that convert electrons emitted from an embedded isotope layer into electric power enabling decades of power. Widetronix is targeting applications in defense, industrial, and medical implant sectors where the technologies' longevity, high power density, and robustness in harsh environmental conditions are important characteristics for critical monitoring needs.

New York City -- Columbia University seeks to scale-up electrochemical reactor technology developed at the school using a system that converts electricity into energy stored in a liquid fuel. The technology, if successful, would have significant environmental benefits by providing a new method for storing energy.

Capital Region -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy was awarded $122,000 and will work with Finch Paper of Glens Falls and JNC of Rye to develop high-energy density cathode materials for lithium-sulfur batteries using a low-cost byproduct generated by the paper industry. This project could result in lower-cost lithium batteries for transportation and stationary storage applications and enable some paper mills in New York to convert a low-value byproduct stream into a high-value cathode material.

New York City and Finger Lakes -- Con Edison and the Battery and Energy Storage Testing and Commercialization Center of Rochester will work with Ambri Inc. to develop and test a working prototype of Ambri's novel Liquid Metal Battery for grid-scale electricity storage applications. With success, the technology will help customers reduce their electricity bills and will enable utilities to offset expensive infrastructure investment while ensuring a more reliable, safe and secure electricity system.

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