energy storage

Natural gas divides Seneca Lake community

Nov 25, 2013
Red metal device used to monitor pressure and realease natural gas below ground
Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

Jenna Flanagan reports on the community debate over a development that would see natural gas reserves stored in the salt caverns at Seneca Lake.

Arlington Storage, a company acquired by Inergy Midstream (now known as Crestwood Midstream since Oct. 7 2013), would operate this storage project. Natural gas from other states (where hydraulic fracturing is allowed) would be pumped in via underground pipes and stored in the caverns 2,000 feet below the surface.

Kevin MacVittie

This week, the New York Battery and Energy Storage (NY-BEST) technology consortium brought industry leaders and businesses together to discuss innovation in the field.*

And now, researchers are returning to the human body for new inspiration on storing and harnessing energy.

Kevin MacVittie is a graduate research assistant at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.

He and faculty member Evgeny Katz, have been working on using the components of human blood to power micro-electronics. 

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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.

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.

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