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.


ESS Program Peer Review Dates, Location Announced

Posted: 07-15-15

The DOE/OE Energy Storage (ESS) Program Peer Review will be Sept. 22-25 at the Portland Hilton and Towers in Portland, OR, highlighting the breadth and diversity of the DOE Energy Storage program. The Peer Review will be co-located with the 2015 EESAT Conference.

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