Group NIRE in partnership with DNV GL will test energy storage and distributed energy technologies funded by Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The program for testing these technologies is called Cycling Hardware to Analyze and Ready Grid-Scale Electricity Storage (CHARGES) and testing is expected to begin early 2016.
Through CHARGES, ARPA-E will be able to test and evaluate their technologies in both realistic conditions and controlled environments. This will help advance ARPA-E’s overall mission to move innovative energy technologies from the lab into the market.
In conjunction with Group NIRE, other DNV GL partners such as NY-Best and CAR Technologies will provide third-party test facilities to analyze some of ARPA-E’s existing grid-storage technologies. At Group NIRE’s field-testing site, located at the Reese Technology Center, novel battery chemistries and innovative design architectures will be tested. GNIRE’s micro-grid will be utilized for this testing which is also where wind turbines are connected to the local distribution grid.