The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced USD 2.4M in funding for three projects to advance novel thermal and hydrogen energy storage technologies toward increased duration, reliability and affordability. The technologies will initially support transitioning of existing fossil assets to low carbon energy systems, with the long-term potential to support the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of a fully decarbonized electricity grid by 2035. The selected projects also support FECM’s Energy Storage program and DOE’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge, which seek to develop and manufacture domestic energy storage technologies that meet all U.S. market demands by 2030 and position the United States as a world leader in energy storage.
DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects: (1) Sand Thermal Energy Storage (SandTES) Pilot Design; (2) Hydrogen Storage for Load-Following and Clean Power; (3) Economically Viable Intermediate to Long Duration Hydrogen Energy Storage Solutions for Fossil Fueled Assets.
FECM funds research, development, demonstration and deployment projects to decarbonize power generation and industrial sources, to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and to mitigate the environmental impacts of fossil fuel use.