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Researchers Team With Tech Firms on Grid-Tied Energy Storage

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A recent grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Small Business Innovation Research program pairs two Binghamton University faculty members with two tech firms trying to make the equipment needed to capture and store electric power generated by wind- or solar-powered technology more efficient and easier to manufacture.

Assistant Professors Pritam Das and Scott Schiffres will collaborate with MAM Inc., which specialized in high-frequency custom magnetic cores and components, and C4V, a lithium-ion battery technology company that creates energy storage materials and solutions.

The initial round of funding for the project, "Advanced Power Conversion System Magnetics for Grid-Tied Energy Storage," totals around $199,773. Pending the results, a second phase could mean an additional $1 million.

The research utilizes three of Das' patents — one issued, two pending — to better connect batteries to the wider electric grid.

"With this patented technology, we're making it possible to build bidirectional power conversion systems that interface batteries with the grid and share energy between the two in a bidirectional way," Das says.

From Binghamton University
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