The virtual kickoff event highlighted both countries’ commitment to investing in energy storage technologies. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity (OE) announced that the U.S.-India Energy Storage Task Force (ESTF) hosted a virtual launch event on December 13. The public-private ESTF was first announced at the October 2022 meeting of the U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP), and was established by DOE and the Indian Ministry of Power (MOP). This event marks the activation of the task force. 

The goal of the ESTF is to facilitate an ongoing and meaningful dialogue among U.S. and Indian government officials, industry representatives, and other stakeholders to scale up and accelerate the deployment of energy storage technologies like long duration energy storage, which can provide power for more than 10 hours and reduce costs up to 90%. The task force will be co-chaired by OE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Storage, Eric Hsieh, and India’s Central Electricity Authority Secretary Rakesh Kumar, who will both provide remarks at the start of the event.

“Stored energy is a key component of integrating renewable resources into the electric grid in America and around the globe,” said Mr. Hsieh. “The launch of the ESTF between the U.S. and India demonstrates how critical partnerships are to achieving the clean energy transition, as well as the importance of broad collaboration to accelerate storage technologies.”  

“The U.S.-India ESTF by synergizing the efforts and resources of two countries would help India in achieving clean energy transition and targeted net zero emission by 2070,” said Mr. Kumar. “It aims at providing reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy storage solutions for the smooth integration of continuous and growing large scale planned RE capacity addition for greening of power sector in the country.”  

In its commitment to nurturing innovation, the task force will engage in joint studies, collaborative research and development initiatives, technology demonstrations, and pilot projects. It will critically evaluate existing testing facilities and procedures, offering valuable recommendations for the establishment of state-of-the-art testing labs and protocols. Safety and standards are paramount concerns, and the ESTF will rigorously focus on these throughout the entire lifecycle of energy storage system technologies—from production and transportation to deployment, commissioning, recycling, re-use, and disposal.  

Taking a holistic approach, the ESTF recognizes the importance of skill development in both research and battery manufacturing. Addressing skill gaps is a key mandate, and the task force will propose cross-country skill development programs. These programs will empower researchers and scientists to enhance their skill sets at advanced technology facilities and laboratories. Additionally, the task force envisions initiating and supporting exchange programs, facilitating collaboration between researchers from the government and private sectors who will spend time in each other's labs, fostering a rich ecosystem of shared knowledge.  

Beyond its borders, the task force aims to facilitate and explore techno-commercial collaborations and country partnership agreements. This extends to diverse fields, including research and development, technology development, resource mapping, exploration, extraction, and trade agreements with countries rich in critical raw materials essential for energy storage systems' manufacturing. As a proponent of sustainability and inclusivity, the ESTF will actively promote initiatives focused on mini-grids and social equity projects, further solidifying its commitment to shaping a responsible and resilient energy storage ecosystem.