By The Business Review (Albany)

GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York, has received two energy grants totaling $5.3 million through the U.S. Department of Energy, one of which will involve collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

That grant, in the amount of $4.5 million, will be used to develop prototypes for high-voltage electric transmission lines. North Carolina State University is also a partner in the research project.

The three entities will use silicon carbide, an advanced semiconductor material, with a goal of developing less expensive, more efficient ways to transport electricity on the grid.

A second $800,000 was awarded to GE Global Research to develop low-cost insulation for transmission cable. GE will study ways to embed nanomaterials into a specialty material, called ethylene-propylene rubber, to develop more reliable cabling.

Funding for the research projects came from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy.

The list of projects funded in ARPAâ¿¿s most recent round

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