DOE awards virtually $18 million for flow battery R&D

Sep 27, 2021 10:10 AM ET
  • The UNITED STATE Dept. of Energy has actually introduced $17.9 million in funding for four r & d projects to scale American production of flow battery and long-duration storage systems. DOE also released a brand-new $9 million initiative-- the Energy Storage for Social Equity Initiative-- to help as lots of as 15 underserved and frontline neighborhoods leverage energy storage as a way of increasing strength and decreasing energy worries.
DOE awards virtually $18 million for flow battery R&D

" We're moving at lightning speed to harness renewables and accessibility to long duration storage is critical for dispatching this clean energy for usage whenever and wherever it's required," stated Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. "DOE's investment to increase battery storage technology coupled with our first-ever Energy Storage for Social Equity Initiative will certainly aid create jobs, construct even more durable neighborhoods and guarantee a cleaner, much healthier setting for all Americans."

While much shorter period storage is presently being installed to support today's degree of renewable resource generation, longer duration storage technologies-- like flow batteries-- are required as even more renewables are released on the grid. Cheaper and a lot more effective storage will certainly make it less complicated to catch and keep sustainable clean energy for usage when energy generation is inaccessible or less than demand.

Flow batteries are electrochemical batteries that utilize externally stored electrolytes, making them more economical, safer, and much more flexible and versatile. DOE has chosen four research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) projects for a total amount of $17.9 million in federal financing to progress flow-battery modern technologies. Selected projects will certainly work to improve manufacturing processes for individual flow battery components and incorporate those brand-new or enhanced components into a model system with a mid-sized capability for grid and commercial applications.

This investment becomes part of DOE's Energy Storage Grand Challenge and will certainly be essential to accomplishing the department-wide Long Duration Storage Shot goal of lowering the expense of grid-scale energy storage by 90% within the decade.

Picked projects include:

  • Largo Clean Energy and companions (Wilmington, Massachusetts) will certainly receive $4.19 million to establish and demonstrate highly reliable production procedures for affordable, grid-scale flow batteries.
  • TreadStone Technologies. and companions (Princeton, New Jersey) will receive $4.99 million to create roll-to-roll modern technology for producing metallic electrodes and bipolar plates, which are important components of flow batteries.
  • OTORO Energy and companions (Broomfield, Colorado) will certainly get $4.14 million to enhance the cost, scalability, and efficiency of existing flow battery innovation through a steel chelate flow battery system.
  • Quino Energy and partners (Menlo Park, California) will certainly receive $4.58 million to strengthen the U.S. domestic flow battery production community by creating and carrying out a scalable, cost‐effective, and continual procedure for producing aqueous organic flow battery catalysts.

DOE likewise introduced the Energy Storage for Social Equity initiative-- a $9 million program designed to assist areas better assess storage as a remedy for boosting energy strength while maintaining cost and combating high energy instabilities. Across the country, greater than 65% of low-income homes face a high energy worry and greater than 30% of all houses experienced some form of energy instability-- in some cases even foregoing food, medicine, and comfort in order to pay an energy bill.

Selected neighborhoods will certainly gain access to DOE's technical professionals for support in conducting energy, financial, and spatial analysis, as well as aid in creating and releasing locally-tailored energy storage projects.