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Eight companies around New York state will receive $250,000 each from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to develop working prototypes of energy storage technologies.

All of the chosen companies are a part of the NY Battery and Energy Storage (NY-BEST) consortium. The funding boost is aimed at bringing a wide range of storage solutions a step closer to commercialization.

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Lithium ion batteries have helped make modern life portable. They're used in everything from cell phones to laptops and cars. 

But anyone who has ever been stuck with a dead battery knows they can be problematic.

Now a new study from a team of researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has found a promising technique for building better, longer-lasting batteries.

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In our latest Innovation Trail report for New York NOW we visited GE's new battery plant in Schenectady.

The plant will employ 450 workers building GE's new Durathon batteries, which will be used as energy storage in the telecommunications industry and on utility grids.

Watch the full story here:

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Lithium ion batteries are everywhere these days - in laptops, cell phones and hybrid vehicles. And now they're in Buffalo, at a new Honeywell International plant, which sees a thirsty market for lithium ion batteries.