Energy Storage News

Nov. 8, 2021

An Evolving Dictionary for an Evolving Grid: Defining Long-Duration Energy Storage

A new thought piece by NREL analysts describes the challenges of defining long-duration energy storage to reflect both duration and application.

Nov. 2, 2021

News Release: NREL Researchers Point Toward Energy Efficiency for Achieving 100% Renewable Grid

Incorporating energy efficiency measures can reduce the amount of storage needed to power the nation's buildings entirely with renewable energy, according to analysis conducted by researchers at NREL.

Oct. 27, 2021

Electric Vehicle Charging at Retail Locations Offers Convenience, Building Integration Opportunities

A new study from NREL compares load profiles from potential EV charging stations against those of big-box retail grocery stores to assess how the electricity demands of specific sites may change by adding EV charging.

Oct. 20, 2021

Energy Storage Ecosystem Offers Lowest-Cost Path to 100% Renewable Power

As states reach higher toward 100% renewable operation, energy storage will be key to enabling a more variable power supply. But no single technology will be a silver bullet for all our energy storage needs.

Oct. 19, 2021

Modeling a Future for Sustainable Energy Storage

As manager of the Mobility Infrastructure and Impacts Analysis (MIIA) group, NREL's Maggie Mann will be the first to tell you that electric vehicles (EVs) alone are not a perfect solution to achieve sustainability within the transportation industry.

Sept. 30, 2021

New Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Launches

To help achieve ambitious goals to address climate change, the DOE has launched a new $2.5 million Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize to fund organizations working with disadvantaged communities in clean energy as well as foster connections between DOE and innovators the agency has yet to reach to pave the way to an inclusive, equitable, and just energy future.

Sept. 22, 2021

Calendar Aging Research Is Critical to Future of Silicon-Based Batteries

NREL researchers are at the forefront of silicon anode research, using cutting-edge facilities to explore the foundational science of organic electrolytes with silicon interfaces. However, recent findings highlight the importance of continued studies on the lifetime of silicon-based cells.

Sept. 1, 2021

NREL Researchers Study Synergistic Value Streams in Hybrid Power Plants

NREL is collaborating with Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories to develop FlexPower, a colocated, variable generation hybrid power plant enhanced with energy storage, stationed at the Flatirons Campus.

Aug. 30, 2021

NREL Study Shows a Bright Future for Energy Storage in South Asia

NREL performed a first-of-its-kind assessment of opportunities for grid-scale energy storage in South Asia over the next three decades.

July 30, 2021

NREL Methods Assist Maui in Approaching 100% Renewable Operations

NREL is developing and validating multi-timescale tools that will bring Maui and other systems closer to 100% clean and stable energy futures.

July 29, 2021

New Financial Analysis Tool for Long-Duration Energy Storage In Deeply Decarbonized Grids

Researchers at NREL have developed a rigorous new Storage Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (StoreFAST) model to evaluate the levelized cost of energy (LCOE), also known as the levelized cost of storage (LCOS).

July 29, 2021

Celebrating NREL Women Advancing Energy Storage

This year, NREL joined the Department of Energy's Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) in celebrating just a few of the women making significant contributions within energy storage programs.

July 27, 2021

Lower Battery Costs, High Value of Backup Power Drive Distributed Storage Deployment

There is economic potential for 490 gigawatts per hour of behind-the-meter battery storage in the United States by 2050, or 300 times today's installed capacity. But only a small fraction could be adopted by customers, according to the latest phase of NREL's Storage Futures Study.

July 15, 2021

Microstructure Analysis ToolBox Changes the Game for Heterogeneous Material Modeling

Microstructure-scale modeling carried out by NREL over the past five years has culminated in the newly released Microstructure Analysis ToolBox (MATBOX) dedicated to the meshing, numerical generation, segmentation, and characterization of three-dimensional heterogeneous materials, such as battery electrodes.

July 1, 2021

DOE Recognizes Multiple NREL Hydrogen Researchers at 2021 Annual Merit Review Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program recently honored nine National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers for their outstanding achievements at the 2021 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting.

June 21, 2021

Researchers Identify Near-Term Opportunity for Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks

Researchers recently studied a promising opportunity for near-term electrification within this segment through depot charging.

June 17, 2021

Are Hybrid Systems Truly the Future of the Grid? NREL's Magic 8-Ball Says: "Concentrate and Ask Again."

Recent analyses suggest a need for coordinated dialogue and consistent modeling to understand the value of hybrid renewable energy systems.

May 26, 2021

Researchers Take a Practical Look Beyond Short-Term Energy Storage

An article in Nature Energy by NREL research engineer Omar J. Guerra describes research needs for longer-duration and seasonal energy storage solutions and opportunities to develop a stronger understanding of how long-term and seasonal storage technologies can become cost-effective and grid-supportive energy solutions.

April 21, 2021

Eleven Communities to Chart Paths to a More Resilient and Equitable Energy Future

NREL will bring cross-cutting technical assistance to remote and island communities seeking resilient energy solutions as part of the DOE-funded, multi-lab, multi-partner Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP).

March 19, 2021

NREL, NASA, European Researchers Reveal Path to Safer Lithium-Ion Batteries

When a lithium-ion battery fails, it can become engulfed in flames in a matter of seconds.

Feb. 26, 2021

Silicon Anode Research Offers Pathway to Increased Driving Range for Electric Vehicles

A new NREL-led multi-lab consortium addresses critical barriers to the development of smaller, cheaper, and better performing lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles by investigating the use of silicon as an alternative to graphitic carbon anode material.

Feb. 25, 2021

Pathways To Achieve New Circular Vision for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are increasingly in demand for energy storage and use in electric vehicles—needs that are projected to grow further with expected technological innovations and declining costs.

Feb. 11, 2021

News Release: NREL Heats Up Thermal Energy Storage with New Solution Meant To Ease Grid Stress, Ultimately Improving Energy Efficiency

Scientists from NREL have developed a simple way to better evaluate the potential of novel materials to store or release heat on demand in your home, office, or other building in a way that more efficiently manages the building's energy use.

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