Natron Energy, a provider of battery products using Prussian Blue chemistry, has been awarded a $3 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for “Advanced Energy Storage for Electric Vehicle Charging Support.”
Natron will use the funds to manufacture and install a high-powered energy storage system at an electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging station at the University of California San Diego’s campus.
“Natron Energy has raised the bar in performance, lifetime and safety of energy storage based on our patented Prussian Blue technology,” says Colin Wessells, CEO of Natron Energy. “We are thrilled that the CEC selected our proposal to showcase the benefits of Natron technology for EV fast-charging. As the adoption of EVs continues to grow in California, Natron’s batteries can provide rapid, high-power charging while minimizing stress on the grid.”
According to the company, the solution offers an alternative to Li-ion batteries. Natron’s patented technology uses Prussian Blue pigment, which stores and releases energy in the form of sodium ions.
“Projects like Natron Energy’s sodium-ion battery system, which pairs energy storage with electric vehicle infrastructure, can help smartly integrate vehicles with no tailpipe pollution into the electric grid,” comments Janea Scott, CEC vice chair.
Natron was founded as a spin-off from research originally performed at Stanford University.