The Energy Storage program will develop a comprehensive strategy to expand FE’s current portfolio of technologies and programs to include an FE Energy Storage Technology Research Program in order to continue to extract maximum economic value from the Nation’s fossil-fueled energy system assets.
High-Level Program Goals Include:
Over the next several decades fossil-fuel plants will continue to satisfy much of our Nation’s electricity demand. As variable renewable energy penetration increases, energy storage at the generation site will be essential to a resilient and flexible electricity network. NETL’s Energy Storage program as a part of the Crosscutting portfolio aims to address these needs and challenges.
Looking forward to additions and retirements on the grid, fossil-fueled plants will continue to be added through 2050 and play a major role in generation. Due to the inherent challenges between intermittent and baseload power systems, energy storage is integral to guaranteeing a seamless transition between systems. Energy Storage will enable fossil-based systems to be more flexible and retain longer lifetimes of components, making the system more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Energy Storage in Fossil Applications Offer:
Today’s fleet of existing coal plants is operating at ~50% capacity. Energy storage provides the opportunity to take advantage of this underutilized capacity. Other projects, such as Coal FIRST, are also working to make the underutilized capacity available for flexible and resilient power.
Current Projects at NETL:
More Reliable and Affordable Energy Supply:
Stronger Energy Infrastructure:
NETL’s Crosscutting program solicited input from entities in the energy storage field through the request for information (RFI). A total of 23 individual responses were received from 21 different entities in December 2019. Responses included academia, new entrants into power, suppliers, and more. The RFI aimed to identify and assess technology and knowledge gaps in energy storage. It also sought to identify advances in energy storage technology options to enable economic plant operation when responding to reduced cold/warm start time, increased ramp rate, reduced minimum plant load, and increased plant thermal efficiency.