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Battelle Announces Smart Grid Project Win

Posted on Nov 24, 2009


Media Advisory: 24 November, 2009

What: Battelle is a co-leader in two major initiatives aimed at addressing global climate change through electric grid technology.  One is with American Electric Power on a 110,000-home project in Columbus, Ohio, and the other is in the Pacific Northwest in a demonstration which combines energy providers, utilities, vendors, and research organizations.  In total, 16 regional smart grid demonstration awards were announced by DOE today. 

Who: Battelle Energy Technology President Don McConnell; Battelle Energy Infrastructure Vice President Mani Vadari met today with the Secretary for the United States Department of Energy Steven Chu and AEP officials to discuss the project.

When: Today and in the coming days, Battelle will offer you the opportunity to visit its labs in Columbus to see some of the new alternative energy products being developed and interview both McConnell and Vadari on site.

Other Battelle information:  Battelle and the labs it manages/co-manages control research on two of every three R&D dollars spent.

Quote from Battelle’s President of Energy Technology Don McConnell on the Smart Grid demonstration in the Pacific Northwest:

“The smart grid has so many benefits,” McConnell said.  “It will increase the reliability of service because energy providers will monitor the hardware and replace it before it breaks.  There will be decreased downtime for consumers because we’ll know exactly where the lines have gone down.  It also will allow customers to get control of the cost of their monthly bills because they’ll have control over their use of electricity.  And it will reduce the impact on the environment because we’ll be using fewer resources—we can use the power we already have in a smarter, safer, and more secure way.”

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