January 19, 2015
East Hartford’s Sustainable Innovations say it has verified test results of Harvard University battery technology that drew plenty of media attention when published a year ago.
Sustainable Innovations has been working with Harvard on the technology, which they hope will one day allow electricity grid operators to store renewable energy cheaply.
The battery uses a molecule called a quinone to store the energy, unlike many other batteries, which use metal, the New York Times reported last year, when Harvard published its results in the journal Nature.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded $4.3 million to the collaboration in early 2013.
Sustainable Innovations said the recent tests, and the ARPA-E funding, pave the way to build a larger 3-kilowatt prototype of the battery.
“The Harvard work is an exciting discovery, and we have confirmed their results in our own tests,” Trent Molter, the company’s CEO, said in a statement Monday. “What we are doing now is incorporating the quinone chemistry into our proprietary electrochemical cell hardware and expanding the scale.” For full article…