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DNV GL will support the US government agency ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) to validate the performance of ARPA-E funded grid-storage and distributed energy (micro-grid) technologies over the next four years. 

Together with its partners NY-BEST, Group NIRE and CAR Technologies, DNV GL will provide a combination of third-party testing facilities, innovative testing and analysis methodologies and expert oversight to enable objective and transparent evaluation of existing ARPA-E grid-storage technologies through a program called Cycling Hardware to Analyse and Ready Grid-Scale Electricity Storage (CHARGES). DNV GL will perform laboratory testing at the DNV GL BEST Test and Commercialization Center in Rochester, NY. DNV GL manages this lab in a partnership with NY-BEST. The storage technologies will be field tested in Group NIRE’s extensive micro-grid which includes wind turbines connected to the local distribution grid. In addition to testing, DNV GL will harness its Microgrid Optimiser (MGO) tool to model storage performance, bringing together modeling and testing under one program.

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