Long duration energy storage (LDES) technologies are rapidly advancing as a solution to enable deep grid penetration of renewable energy sources with high variability such as solar and wind power. LDES technologies are being developed as a cost-effective alternative to grid-scale electrochemical batteries for extended periods from a few hours to days, weeks, or months of storage. The U.S. Department of Energy, grid operators and utilities are helping to commercialize compressed air, pumped heat, advanced pumped hydro, flywheels, thermal, gravitational and hydrogen or other chemistry-based storage systems. Southwest Research Institute supports the non-battery storage industry with research and development and technical solutions, including:
LDES Resources & Workshops
SwRI supports the technical community with the following non-battery storage resources that expand awareness and technical knowledge across several industries:
- Overview Tutorial on Grid-Scale Energy Storage Technologies
- 6 Power Plant- and Grid-Scale Storage Solutions
- Thermal-Mechanical-Chemical Electricity Storage Workshop
Contact Tim Allison or call +1 210 522 3561 for more information.
SwRI’s LDES services include cycle and system analysis and optimization, machinery development, materials engineering, site evaluation, feasibility studies, preliminary design, systems integration, software development, and demo/pilot facility design, construction, and operation. Visit the links below to learn about these and other related services for energy storage for government and industry.
- Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Energy Storage
- Decarbonization Technology Services
- Energy Storage Systems
- Energy Storage Technology Center
- Mechanical Engineering
- Power Generation and Utilities
- Renewable Energy
- Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Power Systems