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New York giving $2.8 million for renewable energy research

Staff Writer |
Binghamton University got $2.8 million in NYSUNY 2020 awards for the development of a state-of-the-art renewable energy research and development facility.

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Once completed, the new facility will be used to promote energy efficiency by testing current research efforts that focus on battery life maximization.

To further advance energy conservation efforts, the facility will foster collaboration among multiple SUNY campuses, provide student research opportunities and promote workforce training in energy conservation throughout the state.

The facility will complement Binghamton University’s new “dry room” – a battery dry room located in the University’s Center of Excellence Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex.

Since the chemicals in batteries do not react well to moisture, the dry room features a very low-humidity index, enabling Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham and his NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage team to test their research efforts to maximize battery life and efficiency.

The battery dry room was made possible through a $600,000 Round V Regional Economic Development Council Award made last year.

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