Shaheen, Hassan Announce $2M Award to Brayton Energy to Advance Energy Technology

September 24, 2018

 (Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced $1,994,005 in federal grants to Brayton Energy from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop an innovative energy storage system to provide reliable, affordable power to the electric grid for up to 100 hours, enhancing grid resilience and performance.

“A stronger, more sustainable future depends on energy innovation, and Brayton Energy has led these efforts in New Hampshire and across the country,” said Shaheen. “I am very pleased to see this federal funding awarded to Brayton. Their efforts will create more reliable and affordable energy sources for Granite Staters and families across the country. As a senior member of the Appropriations committee, I will continue to advocate for funding that advances our energy goals.”

“Brayton Energy is at the forefront of groundbreaking energy development in the Granite State and their work is a great example of what is being done in New Hampshire to foster innovation in the 21st century economy,” said Hassan. “I am pleased to announce this federal grant for Brayton Energy, which will go toward the development of creative solutions for storing energy and improving the resiliency of our electric grid.”

“We at Brayton Energy are honored to receive this opportunity to contribute to the energy security of our country,” said Jim Kesseli, President of Brayton Energy. “In my opinion, the US ARPA-E agency is the leading energy research team in the world.   Their direction and support for advanced research and development will enable US companies like ours to become leaders in the rapidly changing energy industry.”

In May, Shaheen announced that Brayton Energy had been awarded $7.6 million from DOE to advance renewable energy technology. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Shaheen has consistently advocated for energy efficiency and renewable programs at DOE, securing increased funding for several programs in the omnibus funding bill for fiscal year 2018 and as part of funding legislation for fiscal year 2019 that the President signed into law on Friday.

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded this grant through the DAYS (Duration Addition to electricitY Storage) program. DAYS projects, including Brayton Energy’s, will develop energy storage systems to provide reliable, affordable power to the electric grid for up to 100 hours, enhancing grid resilience and performance. These projects will enable a new set of applications for grid storage, including long-lasting backup power and greater integration of intermittent, renewable energy resources.