Grid Energy Storage
Energy storage technologies are critical to enhancing the Nation’s grid capabilities. Novel energy storage devices and systems will make electrical energy available in response to power demand even as renewable generation (e.g., solar, wind) is variable.
Advanced materials development is key to next generation energy storage, and ORNL researchers have access to world-class materials R&D capabilities and expertise at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, and the High Temperature Materials Laboratory (HTML).
Current efforts in energy storage at ORNL primarily focus on secondary use of electric vehicle batteries for grid support, redox flow batteries, and pumped hydro storage. The OE program is leveraging the vehicle technology work in battery degradation being conducted at the National Transportation Research Center. Additional ORNL capabilities in the area of energy storage can be accessed using the links below:
- ORNL Energy Storage Program Capabilities Presentation (PDF 13MB)
- Solid-State Battery Development Video (WMV 50MB)
- In-situ Fatigue Testing Characterization Video (WMV 78MB)
- In-situ Microscopy of Batteries During Cycling Video (WMV 69MB)
- Cell Phone Battery Test Video (WMV 22MB)
- George Andrews, 865.241.0325, firstname.lastname@example.org