BCI, New Lab, Clean Tech Strategies win US funding for LDES

BCI, New Lab, Clean Tech Strategies win US funding for LDES

BCI, New Lab, Clean Tech Strategies win US funding for LDES 658 896 Batteries International

April 12, 2024: The US Department of Energy announced on April 8 it was awarding $5 million each to three organizations — Battery Council International, New Lab and  Clean Tech Strategies — to create projects to investigate long duration energy storage.

The three chosen were for the DoE said: “projects that bring together technology stakeholders and research institutions to solve one or more pre-competitive R&D technical challenge. Projects must enable a long-duration capable (10+ hours) energy storage technology with a pathway to $0.05/kWh for the levelized cost of storage by 2030.”

The three projects build on the Inflation Reduction Act’s domestic production incentives for energy storage by launching three US consortia to advance zinc, lead, and flow battery technologies.   

Roger Miksad, president of BCI says its project award was to set up the Consortium for Lead Battery Leadership. “This will bring together BCI, CBI [Consortium for Battery Innovation] and three national laboratories to conduct pre-competitive research aimed at improving lead battery performance. BCI’s goal for the Consortium is to develop lead batteries capable of meeting the DoE challenge.”

BCI member companies participating in the consortium include Advanced Battery Concepts, C&D/Trojan, Clarios, Crown Battery, East Penn Manufacturing, EnerSys, Gridtential, and Stryten Energy.  The collaborating national laboratories are Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

“The three-year program will combine advanced techno-economic analysis with fundamental materials science research,” says Miksad. “Researchers will construct new use-case models for Long Duration Energy Storage and study the behaviour of lead sulfate crystals, which impact battery efficiency.

“Advanced computer modelling of structurally similar barium sulfate crystals conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will inform the development of more efficient lead batteries.”

The three projects build on the Inflation Reduction Act’s domestic production incentives for energy storage by launching three US consortia to advance zinc, lead, and flow battery technologies.   

The other two projects will investigate LDES for flow batteries and zinc batteries.

Clean Tech Strategies’ project title is: pre-competitive research & development to accelerate the maturation of flow battery technologies into cost-effective long duration energy storage.

The New Lab’s project title is: Enabling high-capacity zinc utilization through electrode and electrolyte fundamentals. 

“While most storage deployed today is based on lithium chemistries, these consortia will help create a future diversified and secure energy storage supply chain that reduces dependence on critical materials. 

“These funding opportunities help propel the future of energy storage and deliver cost-effective solutions for our nation’s electricity needs” said Gene Rodrigues, assistant secretary for electricity at the DoE.

“These projects will solve key technical and non-technical challenges, emphasizing strong collaboration in the zinc, lead, and flow battery industries to meet the nation’s growing need for clean, efficient, cost-effective energy for a changing electric power grid.

“By partnering industry participants with universities and national labs, these consortia will be able to leverage significant expertise and capabilities to pursue major improvements in long duration storage.”

The awards were made through the Storage Innovations 2030: Technology Liftoff so-called funding opportunity announcement to advance energy storage innovations.