New Energy Storage Webinar Series

The DOE ESS Program, Sandia National Laboratories, and Strategen Consulting will be hosting a new webinar series that will bring together top thought leaders to discuss a wide range of topics affecting the role of energy storage in the future of the electric power sector. The first of four webinars on April 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET: Storage for Resilience – Part I will help participants understand the concept of grid resilience and explore applications and technologies for energy storage in utility, commercial, and residential contexts.


Energy Storage Systems Safety & Reliability Forum 2018

On behalf of the DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Energy Storage Systems Program, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will host the Energy Storage Systems Safety & Reliability Forum 2018 March 28-29 at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, WA. Forum participants will learn about the current state of energy storage safety and reliability and will help identify additional R&D efforts that further advance the current DOE roadmap for energy storage. Presentations from safety and reliability experts, energy storage and power electronic providers, utilities, integrators, testing and certification labs, and academia will be given to help frame the discussion.

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Control System for Active Damping of Inter-Area Oscillations Wins 2017 R&D 100 Award

Today, electric power grids operate well below transmission capacity to avoid widespread outages due to inter-area oscillations. This new control system, funded by DOE OE and Bonneville Power Administration and developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Montana Tech, improves electric power grid reliability by continuously damping inter-area oscillations, allowing greater power transfer. This control system is the first successful grid demonstration of feedback control, making it a game changer in efforts to transform the existing grid into the future smart grid.

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ESS Safety Working Group Website

As a result of the 2017 ESS Safety Forum, the energy storage safety working group has created a website intended to foster the collaboration of stakeholders that can impact ESS safety. It is focused on being a repository for information and resources on best practices to manage risk in energy storage installations. It also serves as a collaboration space for the many ongoing activities aimed at developing and codifying these practices.

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The 2017 Peer Review and EESAT Conference Conclude

Thank you to all who attended the 2017 DOE Energy Storage Peer Review October 9-10th and the 10th Biennial Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies Conference October 11-13th at the Westin Hotel, Gaslamp District in San Diego, California. Available presentations can be found in the conference archives, and a survey is available to provide feedback about each event:

EPB Energizes Flow Battery in Support of National Grid Modernization Efforts

EPB has energized a 100kW/400kWh Vanadium Redox Flow Battery as part of a national research effort to explore the best use of cutting edge technologies that could be implemented across the United States to modernize the power grid. EPB’s project constitutes a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The battery system for the project is provided by UniEnergy Technologies (UET), a U.S. manufacturer.

DOE's Office of Electricity Discusses ESS

Michael Pesin and Imre Gyuk of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability discuss the state of research and implementation in energy storage technologies.

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The ESS Program

The DOE Energy Storage Systems program collaborates with industry, academia, and other government institutions to develop advanced energy storage technologies, demonstrate the effectiveness of storage technologies and analyze policy options that will increase the reliability, performance, and competitiveness of electricity generation and transmission in utility-tied and off-grid systems. The program goals include the education and dissemination of information on…

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ESS History

The U.S. DOE Energy Storage Systems Research Program (ESS), at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque NM (Sandia), has evolved over three decades of successful battery and power sources research, engineering, and testing, especially as storage technologies relate to electric utilities, renewables, and grid security. In the early 1950s, the U.S. government charged Sandia with a mission to develop power sources for our nation’s nuclear stockpile. That…

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Strategic Plan

The DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability is addressing the need of the community for energy storage safety through the creation of the DOE OE Strategic Plan for Energy Storage Safety (PDF, 685 kb). This strategic plan addresses the need for incident preparedness, scientifically based and standardized safety validation techniques, and safety documentation. The Strategic Plan identifies gaps within these three areas and presents the desired end…

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Energy Storage Database

The DOE Global Energy Storage Database is the go-to source for unbiased, accurate, and up-to-date information on energy-storage projects and policies. The database is publicly accessible and simple to use, providing an open-access resource for detailed energy-storage project and policy information, and allowing users to contribute data through a third-party vetting process.



The ESS Mission

The goal of the ESS program is to develop advanced energy storage technologies and systems, in collaboration with industry, academia, and government institutions that will increase the reliability, performance, and competitiveness of electricity generation and transmission in the electric grid and in standalone systems.

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