ESS Safety & Reliability Forum 2019

The next Energy Storage Systems Safety & Reliability Forum will be held March 6-8, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM at Hotel Albuquerque. This forum will provide a platform for discussing the current state of ESS safety and mitigation strategies for improving cell to system level safety and reliability.

Visit the Safety & Reliability Forum website for more information about submitting abstracts and hotel reservations.


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QuESt: Optimizing Energy Storage


The SNL energy storage software tool team developed the initial release version of QuESt, a Python-based, open source energy storage software suite. The launch version includes QuESt Data Manager, an application for obtaining market data from ISO/RTO sources, as well as QuESt Valuation, an application for performing energy storage system valuation (revenue estimation) in different market areas. Three different market areas (ERCOT, PJM, MISO) are initially supported, and more are in rapid development.



NAATBatt Workshop on Zinc Battery Technology


NAATBatt International in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s OE Energy Storage Program, Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the City University of New York (CUNY) will host a workshop on zinc battery technology on Friday, November 16, 2018, at The Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center of CUNY. Attendees will learn about the principal types of zinc-based batteries on the market today, how the cost and characteristics of the zinc battery technologies compare to lithium-ion battery technology today, and much more.


ESS Safety Working Group changes name to Energy Storage (ES) Safety Collaborative



Sandia National Laboratories and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are pleased to announce that the Energy Storage System (ESS) Working Group is changing its name to the Energy Storage (ES) Safety Collaborative.

We believe that this new name, and the new logo associated with this effort, more clearly represents our collective efforts while promoting a vision that invites and encourages all stakeholders to work together to identify and solve energy storage safety issues together.




Review Energy Storage Webinars on Resilience



It’s now possible to review the recordings and presentations from the first two webinars in a series sponsored by the DOE Energy Storage Program through Sandia National Laboratories, and facilitated by Strategen Consulting. These presentations examine applications, technologies, and deployment of energy storage to enhance grid resilience. The next webinar, Energy Storage as a Wholesale Market Participant: Rules, Barriers and Opportunities, will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern.


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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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.

Events Calendar

Dec 2018

NELHA Energy Storage Conference – 12/05/2018 - 12/06/2018

Jan 2019

ICESI and PPSS 2019 Joint Meeting – 01/05/2019 - 01/10/2019

Feb 2019

IEEE 10th Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT 2019) – 02/17/2019 - 02/20/2019

Mar 2019

2019 Energy Storage Systems Safety & Reliability Forum – 03/06/2019 - 03/08/2019

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