Back Forty

EPRI Journal looks back 40 years at the electricity sector and research

Investigating Grid Storage in the 1970s

In May 1977, EPRI Journal reported on planning for the Battery Energy Storage Test (BEST) facility, funded by EPRI, the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration, and Public Service Electric and Gas. With expected completion in 1979, the facility was being built at a substation in New Jersey so that “battery system performance can be tested and characterized on an actual utility system.” A zinc-chlorine battery was likely to be the first “advanced” battery tested at the facility. Project participants included Argonne National Laboratory, Ford Motor Company, Dow Chemical, and General Electric.