The US Department of Energy (Department of Energy) released a draft roadmap for the “Energy Storage Grand Challenge” on Tuesday, which was first announced in January this year. It aims to develop the next generation of energy storage technology and Bring it to the market.

The plan also aims to promote the development of the domestic energy storage supply chain in the United States. Analysts said that after the new crown epidemic caused energy interruption, energy storage has attracted more and more attention.

The Department of Energy will solicit public comments before August 21 to help inform the activities proposed in the draft roadmap.

As energy storage plays an increasingly important role in the power industry’s transition to cleaner and more decentralized energy, the U.S. Department of Energy hopes to ensure that the country’s technological level is always in an internationally leading position.

Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said in a press release: “The energy storage challenge utilizes the unique and extensive expertise and capabilities of the Department of Energy and our national laboratory to truly push the limits in the development of next-generation energy storage.”

The U.S. Department of Energy stated that in the 2017-2019 fiscal year, the Department of Energy has invested $1.2 billion in energy storage research and development, “establishing an agency-wide long-term strategy.”

The House of Representatives wants to speed up investment in energy storage. On Monday, the Appropriations Committee approved the energy and water consumption bill for the 2021 fiscal year. It is expected to allocate a total of US$1.3 billion to support energy storage, including a US$500 million “energy storage demonstration project in the portfolio of technologies and methods. “And at least $770.5 million in manufacturing advanced batteries and components.”

According to the Department of Energy, the focus of the energy storage challenge is to “establish and maintain the U.S.’s global leadership in energy storage utilization and export by 2030, and have a safe domestic manufacturing base and a supply chain that does not rely on foreign sources of key materials. .”

“This type of support for government R&D, commercialization, and risk elimination is crucial. I think this is something that the United States has done very successfully in this regard in the past,” said Charlie Bloch, head of RMI, for the first time in January. Tell Utility Dive when challenged.

But Charlie Bloch said there needs to be enough demand to support domestic investment.

He added, “It’s even more encouraging that whether it’s the Department of Energy, the Federal Government, the State Public Utilities Commission, or FERC, (if they) really go all out” to boost demand and participate in warehousing in the wholesale and retail markets Provide clear supervision.

The draft roadmap released today outlines five aspects of the challenge: technology development, manufacturing and supply chain, technology transformation, policy and evaluation, and workforce development.

The Ministry of Energy stated that the technological transformation track will “strive to ensure the transformation of the Ministry of Energy’s R&D to the domestic market through field verification, public-private partnerships, the development of financing business models, and the dissemination of high-quality market data.”

Policy tracking “will provide data, tools, and analysis to support policy decisions and maximize the value of energy storage.”

Methods for determining the value of energy storage are progressing, but they are still complicated.

The draft roadmap focuses on five challenges related to innovation, manufacturing, and deployment. It will address how the Department of Energy can put the United States in a leading position in storage research and development, reduce manufacturing costs and energy impact, strengthen domestic supply chains, and collaborate with stakeholders.

The roadmap also includes six use cases related to a broad range of energy or infrastructure goals for communities, businesses, and regions, including serving remote communities, critical services, and electrified mobility.

The Department of Energy said: “These broad specifications will help determine new and enhanced R&D paths for energy storage and flexibility technology combinations to meet emerging needs.”