HAYWARD, CA. July 1, 2011 -- Primus Power, a leader in grid-scale energy storage, hosted a visit from Dr. Arun Majumdar, Director of the Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), Tom Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for the U.S. Navy, and Dr. Mark Johnson, ARPA-E Program Manager.
Primus Power is a recipient of a $2M grant from ARPA-E’s Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage Program. Under this grant Primus is developing long life, low cost electrodes for their energy storage system. The Navy is interested in energy storage for base and front line applications. “Maintaining the reliability of electricity is paramount for our nation’s military – and new technologies are needed,” said Tom Stepien, CEO of Primus Power. “Energy storage systems like ours can both lower the cost and increase the robustness of delivered power. We calculate that a hybrid diesel-energy storage system can reduce diesel costs by 40% compared to a diesel only system. Reducing diesel also means reducing front line casualties since one in every fifty fuel convoys means one American casualty.”
About Primus Power
Primus Power is a leader in grid-scale energy storage solutions with a low-cost, scalable, distributed system that economically serves multiple storage applications including transmission capacity, renewable energy integration and frequency regulation. With patent-pending innovations in chemistry, cell design and system engineering, the Company’s EnergyCell and EnergyPods™ products offer exceptional power density and portability at industry-low prices. Primus is the only company to receive government grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), and the California Energy Commission (CEC). Its technology stands to revolutionize the economics, stability, and security of the electric grid, while accelerating the incorporation of renewable wind and solar energy.