March 11, 2010

The Energy & Environmental Technology Applications Center Receives $200,000 to Develop Electrolytes To Improve Performance In Ultracapacitors

By: by Emily Riley, Business Development Manager, E2TAC


Albany, NY--The Energy & Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) at the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering received funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in the amount of $200,000 to develop electrolytes to improve performance in ultracapacitors.  Ultracapacitors are a source of power that delivers energy in short, strong bursts, and are ideal for critical facilities in the event of a power outage.

E2TAC researchers have been developing novel ionic liquid (IL) electrolytes with wide voltage window and testing them for ultracapacitor applications.  The superior properties of ionic liquids, such as extremely low vapor pressure, excellent thermal stability, a broad liquid temperature range, and high decomposition potential makes them a preferred choice as an electrolyte for batteries and ultracapacitors.  Absence of measurable vapor pressure makes IL a sustainable clean technology, as they cannot emit volatile organic compounds.

Nineteen awards were made to companies and universities across New York that are involved in advanced research and development of energy storage applications that could benefit transportation, utility Smart Grid applications, renewable energy technologies, and other industries.  The 19 projects will leverage $7.3 million in cost-sharing by recipients for a total of $15.3 million in funding.

Speaking in Troy at a meeting of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BESTTM), a consortium created by Governor David Paterson to support New York's energy storage industry, Francis J. Murray, Jr., NYSERDA president and CEO said: "Creating more advanced energy storage technologies is essential for us to achieve substantial reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.  The proposals we are funding today will not only help meet our energy needs, but will demonstrate New York's leadership in energy technology, stimulate world-class research and development, and commercialize products that will help build a clean energy economy and create jobs for the future."

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BESTTM) is an industry-focused coalition working to further the development and manufacture of an advanced battery and energy storage sector in New York State by capitalizing on New York's existing broad base of energy storage companies and research centers.

Funding will support projects in two categories:  Industry-led near-term commercialization partnerships, and technology development. 

About E2TAC: The Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) was created in 1998. It was established as an active expansion of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to work with companies in the rapidly emerging energy and environmental industries. E2TAC provides a critical platform for CNSE to leverage its intellectual power base and state-of-the-art infrastructure to provide an applications-targeted resource supporting technology development, leading to the integration of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology in advanced energy and environmental applications.

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About NYSERDA: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) strives to facilitate change through the widespread development and use of innovative technologies to improve the State's energy, economic, and environmental wellbeing.  In fulfilling its mission, NYSERDA's workforce reflects its public service orientation, placing a premium on objective analysis and collaboration, as well as reaching out to solicit multiple perspectives and share information. NYSERDA is committed to public service, striving to be a model of efficiency and effectiveness, while remaining flexible and responsive to its customers' needs. NYSERDA's programs and services provide a vehicle for the State to work collaboratively with businesses, academia, industry, the federal government, environmental community, public interest groups, and energy market participants.

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