Greater Seattle and Washington State has been a prominent pioneer in the global clean tech industry, boasting the largest state trade association of cleantech businesses in the U.S. (WCTA), the world’s greenest building (Bullitt Center), and a #1 ranking for hydroelectricity production in the nation. So it comes as no surprise that a local company is leading the way on developing solutions to adapt to climate change. UniEnergy Technologies (UET), based in Mukilteo, produces large-scale energy storage systems using its advanced vanadium flow battery – which is able to store large quantities of renewable and other energy and deploy it when and how most useful to the electric grid or micro-grid.
On Tuesday at an awards announcement by Governor Inslee at UET, it was announced UET has been selected under the Washington State Clean Energy Fund to provide and install batteries for two utility companies in the state. UET will install a 3.2 megawatt-hour flow battery at Washington State University’s campus in Spokane in partnership with Avista Utilities, and will install a 6.4 megawatt-hour flow battery in Everett in partnership with the Snohomish County Public Utility District No.1. These projects are part of a larger Washington State effort to create smart, modern and renewable energy grids throughout the state.
A closer look at the Uni.System developed by UET
One of UET’s main investors is the Dalian Bolong Holding Company in China, which has invested in a portfolio of energy storage companies including one of the largest suppliers of vanadium electrolyte. This gives UET a competitive advantage in having a secure supply of a key component of its Uni.System battery.
The founders of UET, CEO Gary Yang and CTO Liyu Li, helped create the technology for the battery while working at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington – one of only ten federal laboratories in the U.S. Both of the founders are Chinese-born U.S. citizens.