Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2002
Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Demonstration project, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Electricity Generation, Energy Sector
Agency:U.S. Department of Energy

The Energy Storage Program performs research and development for storage technologies and systems that incorporate a broad technology base consisting of batteries (both conventional and advanced), flywheels, electrochemical capacitors, superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES), power electronics, and control systems. The Energy Storage Program also works closely with industry partners, and many of its projects are cost-shared.

Enhanced energy storage can provide multiple benefits to both the power industry and its customers, among them:

  • Improved power quality and reliable delivery of electricity for customers;
  • Improved stability and reliability of transmission and distribution systems;
  • Increased use of existing equipment, deferring or eliminating costly upgrades;
  • Improved availability and market value of distributed generation sources.

The Program collaborates with utilities and State energy organizations to field major pioneering storage installations that are several-megawatts in size. It also supports analytical studies on the technical and economic performance of storage technologies.

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