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:

  1. The Technology
    Development Track
    will focus on ongoing and future energy
    storage R&D.
  2. The Manufacturing
    and Supply Chain Track
    will develop technologies, approaches
    and strategies for U.S. manufacturing.
  3. 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
    market data. 
  4. The Policy and
    Valuation Track
    will provide data, tools and analysis.
  5. 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
Secretary Brouillette.

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
and abroad.”


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