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US Department of Energy releases energy storage grand challenge roadmap

  • 11 months ago (2020-12-22)
  • David Flin
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap , its first comprehensive energy storage strategy. The Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) seeks to create and sustain US leadership in energy storage.

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The Roadmap includes plans for efforts to accelerate the transition of technologies from research to market, focus on ways to competitively manufacture technologies at scale in the US, and ensure secure supply chains to enable domestic manufacture. The Roadmap has a goal to develop and domestically manufacture energy storage technologies that can meet all US market demands by 2030.

Dan Brouillette, US Secretary of Energy, said: “Energy storage has an important role to play in our nation’s energy future. DOE worked closely with a wide range of stakeholders and partners to develop this actionable Roadmap to help bring promising energy storage technologies to market and position the US as a global leader in energy storage solutions.”

DOE is also releasing two companion ESGC reports: the 2020 Grid Energy Storage Technology Cost and Performance Assessment, and the Energy Storage Market Report 2020.

The Roadmap outlines a strategy to accelerate innovation across a range of storage technologies, based on three concepts: Innovate Here, Make Here, Deploy Everywhere. DOE has identified initial cost targets focused on user-centric applications with substantial growth potential. The ESGC has identified cost and performance targets, which include: $0.05/kWh levelized cost of storage for long-duration stationary application; and 90 per cent reduction from 2020 baseline costs by 2030.