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Binghamton University-Led Energy Storage Project Receives Federal Funding

Binghamton University’s Upstate New York Energy Storage Engine has been awarded millions in federal funding through the U.S. National Science Foundation’s “Innovation Engines” competition. This funding will support the growth and research of battery development and manufacturing in upstate New York over the next decade.

The project, led by Binghamton University and its coalition of partners known as New Energy New York (NENY), will receive an immediate $15 million with the potential for up to $160 million in total funding. The NENY website highlights the collaborative efforts of Binghamton University and its partners in creating this energy storage engine.

The NSF Engines program, created through the efforts of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, aims to establish upstate New York as a hub for battery research and innovation. Senator Schumer expressed his excitement at the news, saying, “Thanks to my CHIPS & Science Law, Binghamton will be the beating electric heart of federal efforts to help bring battery innovation and development back from overseas to spark growth of this critical industry vital to our nation’s national and economic security.”

The Binghamton University-led proposal focuses on strengthening the battery supply chain, accelerating the transfer of battery technologies to the market, and encouraging research and development. M. Stanley Whittingham, Chief Innovation Officer of the Energy Storage Engine and Nobel Laureate recipient, emphasized the importance of domestic battery production and a secure supply chain in the U.S.

This recent funding award follows over $113 million granted to Binghamton University in 2022 to establish its battery manufacturing and innovation hub. Senator Schumer’s support has also led to the federal tech-hub designation for Binghamton University’s NENY project.

The NENY coalition includes entities from 27 counties in upstate New York, with Binghamton University at the helm. Cross-sector partners, including research universities like Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Syracuse University, along with organizations like NY-BEST and Launch NY, are collaborating to drive research, development, and industry-informed projects.

Since being awarded funding, the NENY coalition has facilitated the growth of over 30 high-tech startups in the battery and energy storage technology sector. Additionally, innovative programs have been introduced to support the development of the battery manufacturing industry and have trained hundreds of individuals.

This funding will undoubtedly propel the growth and innovation of energy storage in upstate New York, solidifying Binghamton University’s position as a leader in battery research and development.

An FAQ based on the main topics and information presented in the article:

Q: What is the purpose of the “Innovation Engines” competition by the U.S. National Science Foundation?
A: The “Innovation Engines” competition aims to provide funding for battery development and manufacturing in upstate New York.

Q: How much federal funding has Binghamton University’s Upstate New York Energy Storage Engine been awarded?
A: The project has received an immediate $15 million, with the potential for up to $160 million in total funding.

Q: Who is leading the project and the coalition of partners known as New Energy New York (NENY)?
A: Binghamton University is leading the project and the NENY coalition.

Q: What is the goal of the NSF Engines program?
A: The NSF Engines program, created through the efforts of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, aims to establish upstate New York as a hub for battery research and innovation.

Q: What is the focus of the Binghamton University-led proposal?
A: The proposal focuses on strengthening the battery supply chain, accelerating the transfer of battery technologies to the market, and encouraging research and development.

Q: Who is M. Stanley Whittingham and what is his role in the project?
A: M. Stanley Whittingham is the Chief Innovation Officer of the Energy Storage Engine and recipient of the Nobel Laureate. He emphasizes the importance of domestic battery production and a secure supply chain in the U.S.

Q: How much funding has Binghamton University previously been granted for its battery manufacturing and innovation hub?
A: Binghamton University has previously been granted over $113 million in funding in 2022 for its battery manufacturing and innovation hub.

Q: Who are the partners in the NENY coalition?
A: The NENY coalition includes entities from 27 counties in upstate New York, with Binghamton University at the helm. Partners include research universities such as Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Syracuse University, along with organizations like NY-BEST and Launch NY.

Q: What has the NENY coalition achieved so far?
A: Since being awarded funding, the NENY coalition has facilitated the growth of over 30 high-tech startups in the battery and energy storage technology sector. They have also introduced innovative programs to support the development of the battery manufacturing industry and have trained hundreds of individuals.

Definitions:
1. Energy Storage Engine: Refers to the project led by Binghamton University and its partners focusing on battery development and manufacturing in upstate New York.
2. Innovation Engines: Refers to the competition organized by the U.S. National Science Foundation to provide funding for innovation in various fields, including battery development in this case.
3. Battery Supply Chain: Refers to the process and network involved in the production, distribution, and sale of batteries.
4. NSF Engines Program: Refers to the program established by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer to support battery research and innovation in upstate New York.
5. Nobel Laureate: A recipient of the Nobel Prize, a prestigious international award given annually in several categories, including physics, chemistry, and medicine.

Suggested Related Links:
Binghamton University’s Energy Department
National Science Foundation’s Official Website
Binghamton University’s Official Website

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