DOE releases energy storage challenge; requests stakeholder input
This week, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) Draft Roadmap and a Request for Information (RFI), seeking stakeholder input.
in January 2020 by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, the challenge is a
comprehensive program to accelerate development, commercialization and
utilization of energy storage. The Draft Roadmap outlines a strategy to
accelerate innovation across a range of storage technologies based on three
concepts: Innovate Here, Make Here, Deploy Everywhere.
the Fiscal Years 2017-2019, DOE has invested over $1.2 billion into energy
storage research and development (R&D). ESGC’s vision is to create and
sustain U.S. global leadership in energy storage utilization and exports, with
a secure domestic manufacturing base and supply chain that is independent of
foreign sources of critical materials.
Draft Roadmap provides planned activities for each of the ESGC five tracks:
- The Technology
Development Track will focus on ongoing and future energy
- The Manufacturing
and Supply Chain Track will develop technologies, approaches
and strategies for U.S. manufacturing.
- The Technology
Transition Track will work to ensure that DOE’s R&D
transitions to domestic markets through field validation, public private
partnerships, bankable business model development and the dissemination of high-quality
- The Policy and
Valuation Track will provide data, tools and analysis.
- The Workforce
Development Track will educate the workforce.
the Draft Roadmap identifies six use cases derived from high-level energy or
infrastructure goals of communities, businesses and regions. The ESGC use case
topics include facilitating an evolving grid, serving remote communities,
electrified mobility, interdependent network infrastructure, critical services,
and facility flexibility, efficiency and value enhancement. These topics will
help R&D as well as creating flexibility technologies that meet emerging
Draft Roadmap focuses on three key challenges, applied to each of the five
- Innovate Here –
How can DOE enable the United States to lead in energy storage R&D and
retain IP developed through DOE investment in the United States?
- Make Here –
How can DOE work to lower the cost and energy impact of manufacturing existing
technologies, and strengthen domestic supply chains by reducing dependence on
foreign sources of materials and components?
- Deploy Everywhere –
How can DOE work with relevant stakeholders to develop technologies that meet
our domestic usage needs and enable the United States to not only successfully
deploy technologies in domestic markets but also export technologies?
Energy Storage Grand Challenge leverages the unique, extensive expertise and
capabilities of the Department of Energy and our National Labs to really push
the envelope when it comes to developing next-generation energy storage,” said
RFI and Draft Roadmap are the culmination of many months of collaboration
across DOE’s program offices to address the Nation’s need for resilient,
reliable, secure and transformative energy storage solutions,” said Under
Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes. “The Secretary launched the ESGC earlier
this year highlighting the importance of manufacturing these critical
technologies in the U.S. so they can be deployed by American industry at home
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