Some energy technology projects in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are among the 18 in California which are sharing $130 million dollars in just awarded federal funding.
Teledyne Scientific Company in Thousand Oaks is getting more than $550,000 for its project to try to develop a water based, potassium-ion flow battery for low cost energy storage. Flow batteries store chemical energy in external tanks, instead of in the battery container. The batteries are considered to have the potential to be a safe, low cost alternative for energy storage.
UC Santa Barbara is receiving $1.6 million dollars for ongoing research to develop an energy storage device for hybrid electric vehicles that combines capacitors and batteries into one product. A combined system could mean faster charging, extended driving range, and longer lifespans for batteries in electric vehicles.
The federal funding for the local efforts comes from the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency.