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Niskayuna, Schenectady GE operations win hydro research grant

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NISKAYUNA — Local General Electric scientists will be part of a federal research project into pumped storage hydropower.

GE Research and GE Energy Consulting were awarded $1.25 million in federal funding for the project, which seeks to establish whether pumped hydropower can offer some stability to wind and solar power, which are emissions-free but highly variable based on weather conditions.

Pumped hydropower facilities, such as the one operated by the New York Power Authority in Schoharie County, take in water in times of low electrical demand and release the water to produce electricity in times of peak usage.

GE last year launched an industrial-sized battery it calls the Reservoir to perform a similar function. Prototype development was done at GE’s Niskayuna campus.

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