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NY-BEST and DNV KEMA to partner on energy center

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NY-BEST and DNV KEMA announced a partnership under which nearly $23 million will be invested to build the new Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Testing and Commercialization Center in Rochester, N. Y.

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DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability will provide investments of up to $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.

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) will provide the initial investment of $6.9 million from State grant funds into capital facility improvements and purchase of additional advanced testing equipment for the Center.

NY-BEST, a consortium of battery and energy storage companies, universities and industry partners, has received $6.9 million in combined funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) toward the creation of the battery and energy storage commercialization center.

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.

An Economic Impact Study commissioned by NY-BEST estimated that the energy storage sector currently employs approximately 3,000 people in New York State and is responsible for more than $600 million in annual global sales.

The study found that the sector could grow more than 11,400 new jobs by 2020 and 43,000 new jobs by 2030. The BEST Testing and Commercialization Center will serve as a key catalyst and magnet for attracting and growing the battery and energy storage industry in New York.

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