MARLBOROUGH – Marlborough Hospital will soon have the capability to store energy drawn from solar panels in the Union Street facility’s parking lot.
The hospital – part of the UMass Memorial family – was one of 26 organizations to receive $20 million in energy storage grants for projects state officials characterized as game changers for energy innovation. Gov. Charlie Baker implemented the Energy Storage Initiative in 2015, which is aimed at supporting energy storage companies and accelerating the development and market for storage technologies.
“This is a long time coming for us,” said Matthew Beaton, secretary of energy and environmental affairs. ”...It really is a technology that has amazing promise.”
Baker and several state officials presented the grants during a ceremony at Marlborough Hospital Thursday. Energy storage technologies – such as zinc iron flow batteries – allow energy produced from solar panels and wind turbines during off peak hours when it less expensive to be captured and used during peak hours when it costs more to produce. (read more)
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