Battery and energy storage technology test center opens in New York

Funded by State government and the newly merged DNV GL global energy certification group, this "world-class" center pursues New York's strategy for new industry and jobs growth.

The Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Test and Commercialization Center (Rochester, New York, USA) has opened to provide testing and validation services required to bring technologies such as batteries, ultracapacitors, fuel cells and flywheels to the commercial market.

This new $23 million facility was created through a public-private partnership between the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) — comprised of more than 130 industry, academic and government partners — and DNV GL (Oslo, Norway), a global company with extensive energy advisory, testing, inspection and certification expertise. NY-BEST received $5.9 million in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), $1 million from Empire State Development, and investment of up to $16 million by DNV GL. As part of its investment, DNV GL is re-locating its existing energy storage testing capabilities from Pennsylvania to New York.

The BEST Testing and Commercialization Center is being touted as a place where companies can test and build their energy storage devices using unparalleled infrastructure, including world class analytical equipment and pilot coating facilities, saving them millions of dollars on the road to commercialization. Its development is part of a comprehensive strategy to catalyze, attract and grow the energy storage industry in New York, citing the potential to create more than 11,400 new jobs in New York by 2020 and 43,000 new jobs by 2030.