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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) held a Flow Cells for Energy Storage Workshop on March 7-8, 2012, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. Flow cells combine the unique advantages of batteries and fuel cells and can offer benefits for multiple energy storage applications. The purpose of the workshop was to understand the applied research and development (R&D) needs and the grand challenges for the use of flow cells as energy storage devices. The workshop began with a series of speaker presentations discussing past and current R&D. Two separate breakout sessions were then held to discuss flow cell phenomena and components.