The next generation of sodium metal halide batteries is being developed by an industry /academic consortium, which includes Clarkson University and others. The consortium, led by GE Global Research, was awarded a $ 2.5M grant by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to enhance battery reliability, cycle life, and performance. The new batteries are designed to fuel hybridized long haul trains and augment the electric grid. Physics professors Dip Roy is participating in this project through a $277 K research grant received from General Electric.
Physics graduate student Simon Rock, a Research Assistant on the metal halide battery project with General Electric, is setting up his experiment inside a high-performance glove box.