Energy storage can dramatically improve the efficiency of the nation’s existing fleet of fossil fuel-fired power plants, reduce emissions of greenhouse gas and help ensure a secure grid as more intermittent renewables (solar and wind power) are added to it, according to NETL Technology Manager Briggs White, Ph.D.
During a recent webinar held as part of ELECTRIC POWER Expo 2020, White outlined those and other benefits that the Advanced Energy Storage Program, established by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE), is expected the generate. White also highlighted NETL’s development of data analytics, technologies for low-load operations and other advancements that have improved the efficiency of fossil assets.
White noted that NETL, which is managing the program for FE, has requested research organizations, universities and industry to provide proposals for funding in four main areas of energy storage technology (thermal, mechanical, chemical and hybrid). This supports the broader DOE-wide Energy Storage Grand Challenge, which was announced by U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette in January to position the United States as a world leader in energy storage by the end of the decade.
Visit electricpowerexpo.com/digital-sessions to watch the recorded webinar featuring NETL’s Briggs White.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory develops and commercializes advanced technologies that provide reliable and affordable solutions to America’s energy challenges. NETL’s work supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States.