February 13, 2020: The US Department of Energy launched an Energy Storage Grand Challenge on January 8, which in part aims to reduce the country’s dependence on ‘foreign sources of critical materials’ in the sector.
It also aims “to accelerate the development, commercialization and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in energy storage,” the department said.
“The vision for the Energy Storage Grand Challenge is to create and sustain global leadership in energy storage utilization and exports, with a secure domestic manufacturing supply chain that is independent of sources of critical materials by 2030,” the DoE said.
“While research and development is the foundation of advancing energy storage technologies, the department recognizes that global leadership also requires addressing associated challenges.”
The challenge’s goals are listed under the five categories: Technology Development; Technology Transfer; Policy and Valuation; Manufacturing and Supply Chain; and Workforce.
They aim to accelerate research, technology, data, analysis and training across the energy storage sector.
As a first step, the DoE will release requests for feedback to stakeholders on what it is seeking to address, before holding a series of information-sharing workshops to learn about barriers to deployment and help shape the work that will being new technologies to market.
This will lead to developing an R&D roadmap ‘for a broad suite of storage and flexibility technologies’.
“This roadmap will be guided by a set of use cases that describe the ambitious grid applications that can be accomplished with advancements in these technologies,” the department said.