The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the beginning of the design and construction of the Grid Storage Launchpad (GSL), a USD 75 million facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Washington, that will accelerate energy storage innovation, boost clean energy adaptation and grid resilience.
The GSL will focus on three points to advance grid energy storage development:
- Collaboration: by lowering the barriers to innovation and deployment of grid-scale energy storage
- Validation: by enabling independent testing of next generation grid energy storage materials and systems
- Acceleration: by propagating rigorous performance requirements which will de-risk and speed the development of new technologies
The facility is expected to be operational by 2025. In addition to federal funding, the Washington State Department of Commerce has committed USD 8.3 million for advanced research equipment and specialized instrumentation that will provide insights into the behavior of battery materials during operation.