EPB joins battery testing project for solar array

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A new tech partnership announcement today by the Electric Power Board drew a host of powerful politicians.

Senators Alexander and Corker, along with U.S. Representatives Chuck Fleischmann and Diane Black (who is running for Governor) were all there.

EPB will join the Department of Energy for testing and research of a new battery project.

The Vanadium Redox Flow Battery will store power generated by the utility’s solar array.

Senator Alexander is chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee.

“Doubling energy research is the best way to help lower the cost of energy, clean the air, improve health, increase family incomes, and produce good-paying jobs. Today we’re celebrating an important milestone for EPB, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory and UniEnergy Technologies, who are working together to help solve an urgent problem facing this country – which is how to make sure we can store the energy we produce and use it when we need it.

“The Department of Energy, which provided $500,000 to support this battery project, is working to develop new energy storage technologies to help modernize our nation’s electric grid,” Alexander said. “Renewable sources of electricity – like the solar array in Chattanooga – contribute to our nation’s clean energy, but we’ve got to improve our ability to store that energy, because the sun doesn’t always shine.”

This is a smaller part of the project to modernize the national grid.

“It will come as no surprise to our community that Chattanooga and EPB are continuing to play an important role in the modernization of our country’s power grid,” said U.S. Senator Bob Corker.

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