The US Department of Energy (DoE) issued $37 million in funding to improve research and development of energy storage solutions.In a press statement, the DoE said the funding aims to ensure adequate supply of electricity for grid reliability.
The capital will be used to develop innovative energy storage solutions which would support increased adoption of renewable energy sources.
In addition to ensuring grid security, the capital will allow local energy storage technology providers to play their role in reducing carbon emissions.
The grant will fund 16 energy storage innovation projects. The funding will be released under a new programme launched by DoE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
ARPA-E will issue the funding under its Integration and Optimisation of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids (IONICS) programme.
The IONICS programme will focus on enhancing energy storage and conversion technologies in the transportation, grid and fuel cell sectors. [DoE unveils new energy efficiency funding programme].
[quote] Dr. Ellen D. Williams, Director at ARPA-E, commented: “While battery technologies have improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years, there remain some imposing physical and chemical barriers that have stifled further innovation.
“Solid ion conductors made of affordable, easily produced materials could replace today’s mostly liquid electrolytes and expensive fuel cell parts, helping create a next generation of batteries and fuel cells that are low-cost, durable, and more efficient,” added Williams.
Beneficiaries of the funding will include the Pennsylvania State University and the Washington University in St Louis.
Energy storage solutions in the US
Last week, US power utility Southern California Edison (SCE) selected energy storage solutions provider Powin Energy for the rollout of a smart energy storage project.
The US based energy storage solutions provider will develop a 2MW storage system which SCE will use to store electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
The system is expected to help SCE ensure grid stability. The energy storage plant will be installed at the Irvine Business District complex in California to help the utility meet its growing demand of power due to a rise in business activities at the complex.
The energy storage system will comprise 2,500 Lion batteries and will be able to supply the grid with power for four continuous hours.
In addition to the Lion batteries, Powin Energy will integrate its software ‘Battery Pack Operating System’ to remotely control the storage system.
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