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DOE/OE Energy Storage Peer Review 2018

Posted: 05-21-18

To better assess the value and integrity of the energy storage activity it supports, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), in conjunction with Sandia National Laboratories, will host the 2018 Energy Storage Peer Review conference on September 25–27, 2018, at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Energy Storage Systems Safety & Reliability Forum 2018

Posted: 01-11-18

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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Updated Deadlines: 10th EESAT Conference — Call for Abstracts

Posted: 05-15-17

The 10th Biennial Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) Conference will be held October 11-13, 2017, in San Diego, California (USA). The 2017 Conference theme is Energy Storage:
Evolution and Revolution. It will provide a platform to revisit research, technologies, and projects that have shaped the science and industry of energy storage and present new directions for a more modern electricity grid.

The deadline for submission of a one-page abstract for review is May 30.

For more details and contact information, see the Call for Abstracts here.

Grid Modernization Initiative 2017 Peer Review

Posted: 03-20-17

DOE Grid Modernization Initiative

DOE Grid Modernization Initiative

The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) will host the 2017 Peer Review on April 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA.

The Peer Review will be open to the public, providing a discussion of the current state of technology and network with energy sector stakeholders. A portfolio of more than 80 grid modernization projects across 13 programs will be reviewed. The review will examine the projects at a program level, provide lessons learned, and share best practices. Twenty-nine foundational projects will be peer reviewed by industry leaders. At the dedicated poster session, attendees can learn about the other projects in the portfolio.

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2017 EESAT Call for Abstracts Opens

Posted: 02-13-17

EESAT Call for Abstracts

EESAT Call for Abstracts

One-page abstracts are being accepted for the 2017 Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) conference to be held Oct. 11-13, 2017, at the Westin Hotel, Gaslamp District, in San Diego, California. The deadline for submission is April 30.


EESAT is sponsored in partnership with the Dept. of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE/OE) and Sandia National Laboratories. It will be co-located with the annual DOE/OE Peer Review, where presenters will share the results of their varied energy storage technical projects.

EESAT revisits technologies, projects, and products that shape the science and industry of energy storage, as well as present new directions for energy storage and how it addresses challenges of the smarter, more modern electricity grid.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Energy Storage: Evolution and Revolution.”

Submit one-page technical abstracts that address any of the following:

  • Advances in Material Science
  • Electrochemistry – Applications
  • Role of Energy Storage in Improving the Modern Electricity Grid
  • An Update on Services and Benefits
  • Validated Safety Rules, R&D, Guidelines, Standards and Protocols
  • Controls and Grid Considerations
  • Enhancing Regulatory Equity and Markets
  • Business Models
  • The Road to Commercialization
  • Power Electronics
  • Special Applications
  • Demonstration and Deployment Projects
  • Global Case Studies
  • Modeling
  • Technologies:
    • Batteries and Advanced Battery Technologies,
    • Flow Batteries,
    • Flywheels,
    • Thermal Energy Storage,
    • Ultra Capacitors,
    • Others

Abstracts should be submitted to the event coordinators at by the April 30 deadline, or call (505) 844-2518 for more information. Also, the Call for Abstracts is available as a PDF download:

Download “2017 EESAT Call For Abstracts” 2017_EESAT_Call_For_Abstracts.pdf – Downloaded 635 times – 941 KB

Dates and Details

  • April 30: Submit one-page abstract to be reviewed for possible presentation
  • May 20: Authors notified via e-mail whether abstracts accepted
  • June 20: Required revisions shared via e-mail with the presenting authors
  • July 20: Final papers due

The papers selected will be presented in conference session format (10-minute talk, 5-minute Q&A) on Wednesday Oct. 11 and Thursday Oct. 12, 2017.

Additional papers may be selected for a half-day poster session during the afternoon sessions.

At least one author of each accepted conference paper for presentation must register for the meeting and pay the corresponding fee.

The event coordinators are in the process of getting technical transaction paper through co-sponsorship with the IEEE’s Power and Energy Society (PES) and Industry Applications Society (IAS).

For more information, contact the event coordinators at or by calling (505) 844-2518.

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Energy Storage and Grid Integration Regional Workshop

Posted: 08-25-16

Sandia National Laboratories hosted a two-day Energy Storage and Grid Integration Regional Workshop on Aug. 23-34. The workshop was to identify and foster collaborative opportunities among the national laboratories, academia, government, and industry in the region. Speakers addressed the status and opportunities of research, development, and applications of energy storage technologies and grid integration in the southwestern United States.

The workshop was sponsored in collaboration with the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of New Mexico, and New Mexico State University.

The agenda and presentations from the workshop are available on the NMRESGI Workshop’s Archive page.

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2016 NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service to Dr. Imre Gyuk

Posted: 02-23-16

The NAATBatt International Board of Directors will present the 2016 NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service to Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, and Prof. Detchko Pavlov at the NAATBatt 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference’s Gala Dinner March 2, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells at Palm Springs, California.

According to the NAATBatt’s announcement of the awards, Dr. Gyuk has been central to the advancing energy storage during the past 13 years. Under Dr. Gyuk’s leadership, the Electrical Energy Storage research program within the DOE’s Office of Electricity identified and funded dozens of new stationary energy storage technologies, several of which are used today in unsubsidized, commercial projects, producing significant benefits for the electricity grid and for electricity consumers. “Without Dr. Gyuk’s leadership and the seed funding of new technologies that he oversaw and directed, it is difficult to imagine that the energy storage market we know today would look anything like it does or, perhaps, would exist at all. Dr. Gyuk and his programs epitomize the essential role of government in supporting the transition of important, new technologies from the laboratory to commercial viability in the marketplace. Dr. Imre Gyuk is the winner of the NAATBatt 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award-Public Service.”

Also receiving a NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award will be Prof. Detchko Pavlov of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems, for his contributions to the processes in lead-acid battery manufacture and operation, and the oxygen cycle reactions in valve-regulated lead-acid batteries.

Read the NAATBatt award announcement for more information on the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the recipients.

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DOE/OE Energy Storage Program Peer Review Meeting Opening Keynote Speaker Announced

Posted: 08-25-15

Greg Delwiche, deputy administrator of the U.S. DOE’s Bonneville Power Administration, will provide the opening keynote address for the DOE/OE Energy Storage (ESS) Program Peer Review meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 in a joint session with the 2015 Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) conference Sept. 22-25 in Portland, OR.

BPA is a federal self-funded nonprofit agency that covers its costs by marketing and distributing wholesale electrical power. This includes power from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia River Basin, a nonfederal nuclear plant, and several other small nonfederal power plants. BPA supplies about one-third of the electric power used in the Northwest, and it operates and maintains about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in its service territory.

BPA, through their Technology Innovation Office, has collaborated with the DOE’s national laboratories on many projects, including a current project with Sandia National Laboratories to investigate the benefits of energy storage for active damping of wide-area oscillations in the Western U.S. power grid. Sandia also has a new effort starting in Fiscal Year 2016 to develop strategies for computing dynamic balancing reserves in the BPA region with increased wind generation. Pacific Northwest National Laboratories is currently cooperating with BPA to assess and deploy energy storage in the Pudget Sound.

As deputy administrator, Delwiche oversees BPA’s Finance, Strategy, Legal, Public Affairs, Risk Management, Compliance, Governance, and Internal Audit functions, as well as serves as principal policy and strategy advisor to BPA’s administrator.

The Peer Review will be co-located with the 2015 EESAT Conference. Registration and preliminary agenda are available via the 2015 EESAT Conference website. If you are attending the EESAT Conference, your Peer Review registration will be included in the EESAT registration fee.

More information on the DOE/OE ESS Program Peer Review meeting is available here.

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ESNA Conference and Expo 2015 Dates Announced

Posted: 07-21-15

The Energy Storage North America (ESNA) Conference and Expo 2015 will be held Oct. 13-15, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

ESNA is North America’s largest energy storage conference and exhibition, recognized and recommended for its focus on projects, customers, and deal making. More than 2,000 attendees from dozens of countries will come together to learn, strategize, network, and ultimately shape this fast-growing market.

For more information, visit the ESNA Expo 2015 website, including registration and sponsorship information.

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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.

DOE’s Energy Storage Systems Program is sponsoring the four-day event, which will feature projects from Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ARRA, ARPA-E, SBIR/STTR, and university energy-storage projects will also be presented.

Registration will be required and will be available soon via the EESAT 2015 Conference website. If you are attending the EESAT Conference, your Peer Review registration will be included in the EESAT registration fee. For questions or comments about the ESSP Peer Review and Update Meeting 2015, please contact the event coordinators at

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EESAT 2015 Call for Papers Opens

Posted: 07-01-15

The Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) 2015 Technical Conference — the leading global energy storage technical summit — is officially opening the Call for Papers. From laboratory development to system integration and everything in between, EESAT is the premiere forum to share your innovative research, presentations and posters with hundreds of peers and leading technical companies.

The technology summit hosted by the Energy Storage Association will be held Sept. 21–25, 2015 at the Hilton Portland in Portland, OR.

The submission deadline is Friday, July 10, 2015. To view the submission guide, please click here.

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Energy Storage Safety Working Group (ESSWG)

Posted: 05-27-15

Teams are currently forming to address the three topic areas that have been identified by the Energy Storage Safety Preliminary Group (ESSPG). Please contact us at for more information on participating in any of the topical areas or to join a working group. To join a particular working group, please put the title of the group in your subject line. The following are the three working groups:

  • Safety Validation and Risk Assessment R&D — Summer Ferreira
  • Codes and Standards — David Conover
  • Safety Outreach and Incident Response — David Rosewater

Please also provide your name, contact information, and organization. Please respond by June 26 as teams will be forming soon. Volunteers are still welcome and encouraged to join any existing working group and participate in any activities currently underway after this date.

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IEEE Hosts DOE OE Energy Storage Webinar March 26

Posted: 03-23-15

As part of IEEE’s Smart Grid webinar series, IEEE will host a webinar 1 p.m. (EDT) March 26 titled “Energy Storage for a Greener and More Resilient Grid,” featuring Dr. Imre Gyuk, U.S. Dept. of Energy Office of Energy’s program manager for Energy Storage Research.

Using OE’s Recovery Act-funded projects as examples, the presentation will provide an introduction to such grid energy storage initiatives as grid stability, peak shaving, and renewable integration. Li-ion batteries, advanced lead carbon batteries, flow battery systems, and flywheels will be among the technologies discussed. Also included will be the OE program’s storage safety initiative, as well as recent collaborations on resilience projects with such states as Vermont, Washington, and Oregon.

The webinar is free, but registration is required.

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Testing Opens for Third-Party Validation of Energy Storage Technologies for Stationary Storage Applications

Posted: 03-12-15

Sandia National Laboratories has released a Request for Proposals for third-party testing of stationary energy storage applications. The deadline for application is April 3, 2015.

Manufacturers, integrators and consumers of stationary energy storage are encouraged to apply for third-party testing of storage solutions.

Sandia will determine the appropriate scale of the validation activity and the test plan to be followed, and will carry out in-house evaluation and public reporting of the results from such testing. The industrial partner will be expected to provide batteries for testing and to participate in project discussions and data review efforts.

To make a Request for Proposal, visit, download and complete the application, then e-mail a copy of the application to Summer Ferreira at Submitters should save a copy of the completed application for their records. Additional information is also available at the Federal Business Opportunities website.

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Sandia’s Energy Storage Analysis Laboratory Lead to Speak at Next Generation Batteries Conference

Posted: 02-23-15

Dr. Summer Ferreira, lead of Sandia National Laboratories’ Energy Storage Analysis Laboratory (ESAL), will speak at the Grid-Scale Energy Storage and Lithium Battery Safety tracks of the Knowledge Foundation’s Next Generation Batteries 2015 Conference, April 21-22 in San Diego, CA.

In her talk titled “Viability of Employing Storage Device for Multiple Uses Simultaneously,” Dr. Ferreira will discuss the results of lithium-ion batteries tested under stacked cycling profiles.

The conference’s “Lithium Battery Safety” track presents innovations and technologies that improve safety, reliability, and degradation management of lithium batteries.

Dr. Ferreira discusses her presentation in a podcast that is available as downloads in both audio and transcript forms. Also, more information about the conference is available at the Knowledge Foundation’s Next Generation Batteries 2015 conference website.

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Grid-Scale Vanadium Flow Energy Storage System to be Installed at NELHA

Posted: 06-26-17

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Authority (NELHA) in partnership with Hawai‘i Electric Light Company (HELCO), the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity (DOE-OE), the Ulupono Initiative, and UniEnergy Technologies (UET) have announced their intent to install a 100kW/500kWh advanced vanadium energy storage system (ESS) later this year at the Hawai‘i Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) administered by NELHA.

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Redox Battery receives Green Chemistry Challenge Award

Posted: 06-21-17

On June 12, 2017 UniEnergy Technology (UET) and Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNNL) jointly received the prestigious EPA / American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The achievement being recognized is the development and commercialization of an advanced Vanadium flow battery. Using an ingenious mixed acid electrolyte, research at PNNL, funded by DOE’s Office of Electricity, over a five year period succeeded in cutting the cost of the storage system in half, doubling the temperature window, and roughly doubling the energy density. UET licensed the technology, perfected the manufacturing process, found financial partners and has started to commercialize the system. As a flow battery the UniEnergy battery separates power and energy. Power is produced in a reversible fuel cell and the energy resides in the vanadium electrolyte stored in large tanks. As a result the company was able to produce a long duration, four hour battery with long life time and little degradation. More than 100 megawatt hours of UET systems are deployed, ordered, or awarded.

The ceremony took place at Washington’s National Academy. The Green Awards Program recognizes individuals and organizations on a national level for successfully researching, developing, and implementing outstanding green chemical technologies. Five awards were presented at the event. Dr. Imre Gyuk, director of OE’s Energy Storage Program, joined the UET/PNNL team on stage during the award presentation.

The Sandia National Laboratories storage program is involved in several field validation projects using the technology. A blog providing further details on the award is available on the DOE-OE web site:


Sandia-Developed Precision High Power Battery Tester Earns R&D 100 Award

Posted: 01-23-17

R&D Magazine has recognized Sandia National Laboratories researchers’ work in developing innovative battery testing with the annual R&D 100 Award.

As principle investigator of the Precision High Power Battery Tester, Dr. Summer Ferreira was presented with the R&D 100 Green Tech Special Recognition Award.

The PHPBT uses high-precision charge/discharge test measurements at up to 200A current to capture electrochemical measurements such as coulombic efficiency with greater accuracy than was previously possible at currents applicable to EV and stationary storage applications. The goal is to detect minute signs of battery degradation earlier than previous testing, providing insight into a battery’s long-term capabilities and enabling engineers to better select feasible technologies from those needing more development.

With support from the Dept. of Energy’s Office of Electricity (DOE OE) and ARPA-e, PHPBT research was done in conjunction with Arbin Instruments, Ford Motor Company, and Montana Tech. Arbin has since commercialized the PHPBT technology.

R&D Magazine presents the annual R&D 100 awards to honor the year’s 100-most innovative technologies as selected by an independent panel of more than 70 judges.

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Sandia ESS Program and Oregon Energy Dept. Announce Demonstration Project Funding Opportunity

Posted: 09-08-15

The Oregon Dept. of Energy is partnering with the U.S. DOE Office of Electricity’s Energy Storage Program, and Sandia National Laboratories, to offer funds for an energy storage demonstration project in Oregon. Up to $250,000 in federal funds will be matched by up to $45,000 in state funds from ODOE and Oregon BEST.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Oct. 16, and the award is expected to be announced Nov. 2.

The demonstration aims to enable installation and continuous operation of an electrical energy storage system, or ESS, with a capacity of 500kW/500kWh or greater, connected to the transmission or distribution system. No preference is given to one energy storage technology over others; however, preference will be given to projects that demonstrate two or more of the following five high-interest applications, or “use cases:”

  1. T&D upgrade deferral/management of peak demand
  2. Service reliability/resiliency
  3. Power quality/voltage support
  4. Grid regulation
  5. Renewable energy firming, ramp control, energy shift

Proposals are encouraged from utilities, energy storage technology vendors, energy service suppliers and electric customers including, but not limited to, municipalities, universities, and commercial and industrial businesses. Applicants that are not electric utilities must have a committed utility partner or include a letter of support from the interconnecting utility. A minimum cost share of 50 percent is required. ODOE prefers projects that can be interconnected to the electric transmission or distribution system within 18 months of the award and the project must operate for a minimum of one full year.

More information is available from ODOE at

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DOE/EPRI 2013 Electricity Storage Handbook in Collaboration with NRECA Update Released

Posted: 02-23-15

Sandia National Laboratories has released an update to the DOE/EPRI 2013 Electricity Storage Handbook in Collaboration with NRECA to include a number of revisions.

Among the revisions are a subchapter highlighting tools available to use to evaluate a storage solution from a modeling and simulation standpoint and additional information regarding ES models and tools in Appendix A, clarifications and expansions of three energy and power cost components, expanded derivation of the Total Plant Cost (TPC) and referenced costs that are components of the TPC, and additional explanation of equipment costs.

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Webinar Announced To Discuss DOE OE Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan

Posted: 01-06-15

The DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability will host a webinar 2:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 14, to discuss the newly released DOE OE Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan (PDF, 685 kb). This strategic plan addresses the need for incident preparedness, scientifically based and standardized safety validation techniques, and safety documentation to inspire consumer, regulator, and insurer confidence. The strategic plan identifies gaps within these three areas and presents the desired end goals to ensure the safety of energy storage systems.

This webinar initiates the follow-on to the strategic plan. It will be hosted by Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and will feature presentations from the following speakers:

  • › Dr. Imre Gyuk, U.S. Dept. of Energy, presenting an overview of the 2014 DOE OE Strategic Plan on Energy Storage Safety.
  • › Dr. Sean Hearne, Sandia National Laboratories, presenting the need to develop tools and techniques that validate the safety of fully integrated energy storage systems.
  • › Kenneth Willette, National Fire Protection Association, discussing the needs of the first-responder community to prepare for, prevent, and respond to safety incidences with energy storage systems.
  • › Dr. Vincent Sprenkle, Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory, highlighting key challenges and gaps in the current codes, standards, and regulations that impact energy storage safety.

The webinar is free, but registration is required at After registering, a confirmation e-mail will be sent containing information about joining the webinar.

For more information about the webinar, contact Todd Olinsky-Paul, project director at CESA, at

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