Battelle earns national commercialization award

By The Tri-City HeraldOctober 1, 2013 

PNNL researchers have made significant progress in improving the performance of redox flow batteries, which hold promise for storing large amounts of renewable energy and providing greater stability to the energy grid. A license agreement will allow UniEnergy Technologies of Mukilteo, Wash., to further develop and commercialize the battery technology.

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The development and licensing of large-scale energy storage technologies has earned Battelle a national commercialization award.

Battelle, a nonprofit company, operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.

The Licensing Executives Society presented Battelle with a prestigious Deals of Distinction award, according to PNNL. Battelle won the award's industry-university-government interface section, one of the society's three award sections this year. Past Deals of Distinction winners include Microsoft, Boeing, Disney, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pfizer, Mayo Clinic and Lockheed Martin Aeronautic.

The Deals of Distinction award recognizes the commercialization of PNNL's redox flow battery technologies. PNNL developed an electrolyte for large-scale energy storage systems known as redox flow batteries to store excess renewable energy. PNNL's advancements enabled the first commercially viable flow battery that can be used at large scales such as on the power grid, according to PNNL.

The new electrolyte and related technologies were licensed to several companies by Battelle, including UniEnergy Technologies of Mulkiteo, which negotiated a license to manufacture batteries using PNNL's technology.

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