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Argonne co-leading energy storage advancements in U.S. Department of Energy’s groundbreaking initiative

Argonne and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory were chosen as Lab Coordinators for the Energy Storage Grand Challenge.

At the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) Summit, the DOE Office of Electricity announced over $30 million in new awards and funding opportunities. The initiative aims to revolutionize energy storage and solidify American supremacy in the field, with the involvement of DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory.

As a pioneering participant in the ESGC endeavor, Argonne has played a pivotal role in advancing next-generation energy storage technologies. Argonne along with DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been selected to spearhead the ESGC initiative as lab coordinators for the next two years with a shared investment of $600,000 annually for FY23 and FY24. This collaboration underscores their commitment to accelerating the development, commercialization, and deployment of cutting-edge energy storage solutions.

The announcement includes two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), each backed by $15 million. The first FOA targets the reliability of long-duration energy storage technologies, positioning Argonne at the forefront of validating novel innovations. The second FOA seeks to overcome pre-competitive barriers in energy storage R&D.

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