Ultralife has been awarded a total of $3m by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for lithium ion battery project.

Ultralife will use the funding to demonstrate its lithium ion battery energy storage system to support a wind turbine demonstration project planned for installation on the campus of the State University of New York at Canton (SUNY Canton).

The company will manufacture at its Newark, New York facility, an advanced 2MWh lithium ion battery energy storage system for integration with a single wind turbine being planned for installation and operation in 2011.

The energy storage system is based on Ultralife’s existing modular lithium ion battery system technology, and will be designed to support the SUNY Canton electrical power demand with a capacity to store 2MWh of electrical power, and deliver that power at a rate of up to 500kW for up to four hours.

The funding follows Ultralife’s recent $2.4m award by NYSERDA for installation of a 1MWh lithium ion energy storage system to be installed on Ultralife’s Newark, New York corporate campus.

This demonstration project will evaluate the technical capability and economic benefits of advanced electric energy storage system batteries integrated with wind turbine generating systems.

John Kavazanjian, president and CEO of Ultralife, said: “This demonstration project is a natural progression of our energy storage commercialization strategy and will highlight the performance of our lithium ion battery energy storage system.

“Our energy storage technology could truly make the grid more versatile by allowing for renewable and alternative energy generated power to be stored and managed more efficiently, resulting in a more robust and efficient transmission and distribution power grid infrastructure.”