NY-BEST, DNV KEMA start battery and energy storage partnership

The partners see energy storage as a crucial option for the transition to a more flexible supply of electricity that will be required as more intermittent renewable and distributed energy options are connected into the grid
The partners see energy storage as a crucial option for the transition to a more flexible supply of electricity that will be required as more intermittent renewable and distributed energy options are connected into the grid

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) and DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability (Arnhem, Netherlands), a global energy consultancy and certification authority, on July 23rd, 2013 outlined their new partnership whereby nearly USD 23 million will be invested to build and grow the new Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Testing and Commercialization Center in Rochester, New York. 

 

Partners to invest USD 22.9 million

Under the partnership agreement, DNV KEMA will provide investments of up to USD 16 million, including re-location of its existing energy storage testing operations from its laboratory facility in Pennsylvania to the new Center at Eastman Business Park in Rochester. NY-BEST will provide the initial investment of USD 6.9 million from State grant funds into capital facility improvements and purchase of additional advanced testing equipment for the Center.

"Many global leaders in energy storage technology research and development and manufacturing call New York home. The BEST Testing and Commercialization Center fills an important gap that currently exists in the product development process for batteries and energy storage technologies," said Dr. William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST. 

 

Accelerating commercialization and growth in the energy storage business

The new Test and Commercialization Center will provide the key missing elements necessary for product commercialization and growth in the energy storage business, including a suite of test, validation and independent certification capabilities to accelerate commercial deployment of energy storage technologies. These capabilities - while vital to the commercialization of emerging technologies - are difficult for individual companies to procure, and not presently available in reasonable geographic proximity or at reasonable cost, the partners note.

Through their partnership, NY-BEST and DNV KEMA will deploy shared resources to build a world class testing and commercialization facility and establish New York State as a powerful beacon to the world relative to developing and manufacturing advanced energy storage solutions.

"DNV KEMA's investment in the BEST Test and Commercialization Center is a strong indication of our commitment to continuous growth for our Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) business," states Hugo van Nispen, Chief Operating Officer, Americas Division, DNV KEMA.

 

New Center to provide timely analysis, response to expanding commercialization and test issues

"Our vision to launch a test and certification facility to serve the rapidly emerging energy storage industry with distinction, made the decision to partner with NY-BEST an obvious one. Our legacy as an independent global authority in testing and certification, combined with the expertise of thousands of dedicated energy consultants, ensure that the new Center will provide timely analysis and response to the expanding commercialization and test issues within this emerging market." van Nispen added, "We see energy storage as a crucial option for the transition to a more flexible supply of electricity that will be required as more intermittent renewable and distributed energy options are connected into the grid."

 

 

2013-07-29 | Courtesy: NY-BEST; DNV KEMA | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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