DoE Grants Aim To Find Longer-Duration Batteries

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent

Utility Dive (UD) had an interesting piece on the recent Department of Energy (DoE) grants that are aimed at finding longer-duration batteries, which are important as more renewables join the grid.
Right now, according to UD, lithium ion batteries don’t provide enough storage capacity (typically four hours) to really be a sufficient for the widespread battery storage that is necessary as renewables increase their penetration throughout the country.
As they should, the DoE is now investing government funds in research-and-development (R&D) to find alternatives.

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