U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm held a panel discussion showcasing the DOE Energy Earthshots at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or Conference of the Parties (COP) 27, in Egypt. In her opening remarks, Secretary Granholm featured a video that highlights how the OE-sponsored Grid Storage Launchpad (GSL) will support DOE’s Long-Duration Energy Earthshot to achieve affordable grid storage for clean power – anytime, anywhere – by reducing the cost of grid-scale energy storage by 90% for systems that deliver 10+ hours of duration within the decade. 

Watch the video.  

Learn More About the Grid Storage Launchpad

The new GSL will help to overcome challenges in battery R&D capabilities, including: 

  • Independent testing and validation for next-generation energy storage materials, devices, and prototype systems under grid operating conditions; 
  • Characterization abilities focused on technologies with grid applications; and 
  • Integration of existing materials development and collaboration with industry and universities. 

DOE and PNNL celebrated the groundbreaking of the facility on April 21, 2022. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy and start of operations in 2024. 

The GSL will help ensure the Department succeeds in strengthening the resilience of the grid to withstand the tests and challenges of the future, while ensuring that Americans continue to enjoy the benefits of our Nation’s energy abundance. 

Long-Duration Storage Shot Overview 

The Long-Duration Storage Shot establishes a target to reduce the cost of grid-scale energy storage by 90% for systems that deliver 10+ hours of duration within the decade. Energy storage has the potential to accelerate full decarbonization of the electric grid. While shorter duration storage is currently being installed to support today’s level of renewable energy generation, longer duration storage technologies are needed as more renewables are deployed on the grid.  

Learn more about the Long-Duration Storage Shot