2012 EAC Storage Report: Progress and Prospects, Recommendations for the U.S. Department of Energy

Posted: October 18, 2012 - 05:33 / DOE EAC / Reports

This report details the progress that DOE and the storage and electric power industries have made since 2008, and identifies accepted applications of energy storage in grid applications. This report discusses applications that are technically proven and commercially viable today, and it identifies needed Research, Development, and Demonstration efforts that DOE can and should pursue in coming years, including continued research in electrochemistry, materials science, and ongoing cost improvements of these technologies. It also recommends that DOE and others develop the methods and analytical tools (software) for valuing, planning, and operating electric storage systems in different applications and raise industry awareness of the potential of storage and how to realize it. 

This report also identifies policy and regulatory barriers at the state and federal levels to the adoption of storage in different applications, recognizing that these are not necessarily issues which DOE itself can address. Most of these barriers are not explicit, but are implicit in lack of familiarity or in existing technical standards developed before today’s storage technologies were even imagined. DOE conducts research, development, and demonstration projects in electric storage primarily via the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) but also via Arpa-e research into electrochemistry and battery technology, and via various programs focused on transportation electrification. OE is the principal sponsor of grid applications of energy storage and we summarize OE sponsored programs here.