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US firm joins initiative to advance energy storage solutions

DOE industry protocals aims to boost performance of renewable energy storage applications

The US protocol aims to improve applications for storing renewable energy
The US protocol aims to improve applications for storing renewable energy

A storage solutions firm is the latest company to participate in a US government initiative to accelerate developments in energy storage technology. The US Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has invited US firm Powin Energy to participate in the development of industry protocols for measuring and quantifying the performance of energy storage applications.

Powin Energy is the latest addition to a line of technical experts, utility companies, manufacturers and leaders in the renewable energy industry, which PNNL has invited to help identify key applications and storage metrics that will set the stage for a formal standards process with an appropriate standards body.

The DOE's protocol development effort addresses the industry's urgent need to define and measure performance characteristics for energy storage technologies and applications. The development of the protocol will allow technology developers, power grid operators and other end-users to differentiate energy storage technologies and evaluate their performance. The PNNL process will provide transparency and uniformity in how performance is measured.

Michael Morse, vice president of operations for Powin Energy, said: “We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with PNNL and industry leaders in the development of energy storage measurements and protocols. This important effort will help accelerate the development of innovative solutions that support our region's renewable energy goals.”