Early in 2008 the US DOE established the Electricity Advisory Committee in accordance with Congressional directives. The Committee is to provide counsel to the Department on long-range planning and priorities for the modernization of the Nationís electricity delivery infrastructure.
The Committee, representing a broad cross-section of experts in the electric power delivery arena, including representatives from industry, academia, and state government has recently released its initial report: “Bottling Electricity: Storage as a Strategic Tool for Managing Variability and Capacity Concerns in the Modern Grid.” The report recommends policies that DOE should consider as it develops and implements an energy storage technologies program, as authorized by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
The DOE/ESS Research Program, under the guidance of Dr. Imre Gyuk at DOE, seeks bids for four SBIR projects in Energy Storage & Power Electronics. The two topics covering the solicitations are:
On June 30, 2008, The DOE Loan Guarantee Program announced three solicitations for a total of $30.5 billion in federal loan guarantees for projects that employ advanced energy technologies and reduce greenhouse gases. A $10 billion solicitation in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced transmission and distribution technologies offers opportunities for energy storage projects.
The category of Stand-alone Projects includes building energy storage facilities that introduce new or significantly improved technologies that can be scaled to provide gigawatts of renewable energy, support deployment of energy efficient technologies, or facilitate long-range electricity transmission. The category of Large Scale Integration Projects addresses development of projects combining renewables and storage to provide firm and dispatchable power.
Deadline for applications is Dec. 31, 2008. For details:
Category ‘C’ – Energy Storage Demonstration Projects (Joint NYSERDA/U.S. DOE Energy Storage Initiative) Demonstration of emerging electric energy storage technologies such as flow batteries, ultra-capacitors, advanced batteries, power electronics, compressed air storage systems, and superconducting magnetic energy storage. Electric energy storage applications can include electric service reliability improvement, grid voltage support, transmission and distribution upgrade deferral, time-of-use energy cost management, renewable energy generating sources capacity firming, etc. Maximum NYSERDA funding for this category is $1,500,000 per project.
Proposals Due: Round 1—July 16, 2008 5:00 PM Eastern; Round 2- January 14, 2009 5:00 PM Eastern.