Adena Power receives DOE-funded support to accelerate long-duration energy storage product to market 

Columbus, OHIO, January 23, 2024 – Ohio’s own Adena Power was one of 111 organizations to receive U.S. Department of Energy funding to accelerate market adoption of clean energy technologies.  

Adena Power, an energy storage provider using domestic raw materials and Ohio manufacturing to deliver sodium batteries to commercial and industrial markets, was awarded funding from voucher provider The Ohio State University – Center for Automotive Research (OSU-CAR) to accelerate model-level testing and validation of their sodium based long-duration energy storage product. The voucher program will enable Adena to strengthen their collaboration with OSU-CAR and align with its product launch roadmap. 

“The ENERGWERX voucher program is a great opportunity for us to expand our module-level testing and perform the required validation testing to give customers confidence in our battery technology,” said Dr. Neil Kidner, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Adena Power. “We have worked closely with the team at OSU-CAR since the beginning of our development and are excited about the opportunity the voucher program gives us to further strengthen our relationship with the OSU-CAR team.”  

In addition to Adena, two other businesses in parent company Nexceris’ portfolio, HeatPath Solutions and Nexcersis’ Electrolyzer business were also awarded vouchers to support bringing their clean energy technologies to market. 

ENERGWERX Voucher Program 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), in collaboration with the Offices of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED), Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), today announced 111 entities to receive support in advancing their clean energy technologies, valued at $9.8M. The in-kind commercialization support will be provided by 33 supporting organizations through DOE-funded vouchers.  

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds the Voucher Program as part of the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) and leverages DOE’s recent partnership intermediary agreement with ENERGYWERX. 

“It takes a breadth of tools and expertise to bring an innovative technology from research and development to deployment,” said DOE Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions Dr. Vanessa Z. Chan. “The Voucher Program will pair 111 clean energy solutions with the support they need from expert voucher providers to help usher new technologies to market.” 

The program helps small businesses and other non-traditional partners access testing facilities or obtain third-party subject matter expertise needed to advance their technologies, business, or energy projects to the next level. The available support works to increase the adoption readiness of the participating organizations and ultimately brings impactful, clean energy technologies to fruition nationwide.  

Selected organizations will receive vouchers worth up to $250,000 each across five types of support, including analytical assistance, performance validation, and siting/permitting support for jurisdictions.  

Adena Power 

Adena Power is an energy storage provider using domestic raw materials and manufacturing to deliver sodium batteries to commercial and industrial markets. After spending two years talking with utilities and renewable developers, we understand Li-ion will only get us so far and that the market needs battery solutions that are safer, have a flexible duration, and, most of all, have a lower installed cost. Adena is in the demonstration phase of this IP-protected energy storage solution and intends to launch its first product early in 2025.