Today, DOE announced $104.7 million in funding for projects at seven DOE National Laboratories, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. One of the project types is for Advanced Battery Prototype Fabrication and Testing Facilities. In the press release, energy storage technologies are described as “critical enabling technologies for developing advanced, fuel-efficient vehicles and meeting the administration’s goal of putting one million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015.”

For some interesting background information on energy storage, check out:

  • Earth2Tech’s Q&A on energy storage. I thought it encapsulated the reasons for and applications of the technology, and found it a resource for helping make sense of other energy storage news. Three people in the industry, including an engineer from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discuss the importance of energy storage and some of its emerging uses and innovations. Storing energy is a vital part of harnessing energy from renewables, because of the fluctuating availability of wind, water, sunlight, etc. It is also necessary for the success of electric cars, since PHEVs will require balancing energy supply and demand with people’s habits and schedules.
  • Over at Greentech Media, Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) provides his views on the importance of energy storage and argues for a governmental role in the process of improving and developing the requisite technologies.

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