SI 2030: Flight Paths

SI 2030 Flight Paths is an opportunity for the storage community to identify which R&D innovations and opportunities are best suited for collaboration and partnerships.

The primary objective of Flight Paths is to identify key RD&D barriers to greater deployment of long duration storage technologies, and the opportunities for collaborative, pre-competitive activities to advance the state of the industry. Following pitch sessions featuring many of the 30+ storage technology areas identified in the ESGC Roadmap, the following technologies were selected for industry “Listening Sessions,” a forum for deeper dives into R&D opportunities and partnerships. These industry “Listening Sessions” were held between January and April 2023:

  • Flow Batteries
  • Zinc Batteries
  • Li-ion Batteries
  • Thermal Energy Storage
  • Lead-acid Batteries
  • Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH)
  • Sodium Batteries
  • Compressed-Air Energy Storage (CAES)
  • Supercapacitors
  • Crosscutting Issues in LDES

The responses from these sessions are being used to inform the 2023 Long Duration Storage Shot Technology Strategy Assessments, and comments/findings will not be attributed to specific individuals or companies.

SI 2030: Framework

Complementary to Flight Paths, the second component of SI 2030 is an industry-focused Framework, which aims to quantify the impact of DOE RD&D activities on future storage cost targets. An analysis of ten technologies is being performed.

Results from this framework analysis will be shared in the 2023 Long Duration Storage Shot Technology Strategy Assessments.

SI 2030: Prize 

The SI 2030 Prize, which closed in December 2022, was an opportunity for storage teams to propose transformative, emerging technology ideas for grid-scale energy storage solutions. This prize gained insight on emerging energy storage technologies and incentivized creativity and innovation to beyond the current state-of-the-art.

Read the SI 2030 Prize winner announcement.