Friday, August 3, 2012

Utah battery innovators get $5 million in federal grants

The round of funding came as part of $43 million released by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.

Utah State University will get $3 million to develop advanced battery management systems that will optimize the performance of each cell in a battery pack. The goal is reduce the cost of vehicle batteries by 25 percent.

Also winning funding is the Salt Lake City firm Materials & Systems Research, Inc., or MSRI, which is to receive $1.73 million in Small Business Innovation Research money to improve sodium battery membranes. The idea is to make the membranes stronger, safer, longer-lasting and less costly to produce. Salt Lake Tribune