University of Washington to Begin Energy Storage Demonstration at Clean Energy Institute

The University of Washington’s Clean Energy Institute (CEI) will install energy storage at its Washington Clean Energy Testbeds facility in Seattle.

CEI selected a 30-kW/40-kWh battery energy storage system from Powin Energy Corp.

Powin said that CEI will use the battery for research, demonstration, grid simulation and educational purposes.

According to Powin, the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds will open early next year and offer fee-for-use facilities featuring high-tech, high-quality instruments that are normally unavailable to researchers and businesses. These spaces will include workstations, offices, and meeting spaces where university researchers and industry can work and collaborate. An array of instruments, including the new energy storage system, will help University of Washington researchers and other members of the clean energy community accelerate innovative technologies to market.

“We look forward to having our students, faculty, and the cleantech community use the Powin BESS to measure the performance of energy devices and algorithms when integrated into real and simulated system environments,” University of Washington professor of chemical engineering and clean energy Venkat Subramanian said in a Nov. 30 statement.

Powin said it will participate in this Washington Research Foundation-sponsored research by developing the test protocols under which the battery packs will be used and by sharing access to the resulting data.

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