Eos Energy Storage has been awarded $1m in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to increase production of its zinc hybrid cathode battery technology.
Called Zynth, this proprietary technology is at the heart of the company’s 1MW/6MWh Aurora energy storage system. The funding award will be used to bring production up to MW-scale and run performance and reliability testing at a state-of-the-art facility in Rochester, NY then fully commercialise the technology.
“Inexpensive, highly commoditised, and readily scalable manufacturing processes have been ingrained in the design and development of our technology since day one,” said Eos president Steve Hellman. “Whereas battery manufacturing typically requires significant capital and scale to bring down cost, we can build a pilot manufacturing line for far less and achieve cost targets that make our battery technology competitive with incumbent solutions, such as gas peaking plants and copper wire.”
Testing will be undertaken in conjunction with DNV GL, an energy consultancy and authority in testing and certification, and the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST).
Eos will test the Aurora energy storage system at a Con Edison facility within New York in mid-2014 to demonstrate how distributed energy storage can be used in place of expensive expansion and upgrading of the existing generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure required to serve peak electricity demand.