Funding, Grants & Awards

U California Los Angeles Wins $1.62 Million To Build Energy Storage System

Engineers from the University of California Los Angeles Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have won a $1.62 million grant to build a hybrid energy storage system.

The team with work with Southern California Edison, which will help operate the system on the Cal Poly Pomona campus upon completion, to build a system to store "energy harvested from intermittently productive renewable sources such as solar panels and wind farms, then releases that energy into the grid when demand is high," according to a news release.

Lead by Pirouz Kavehpour, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA, the team will build a system that uses both compressed air and thermal energy storage technologies to enhance capacity and reduce costs.

"Our estimated cost of energy for this unit is about $100 per kilowatt hour, which is much lower than any battery system of which we are aware," said Kavehpour, in a prepared statement.

The grant was awarded by the California Energy Commission.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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