Focus & Recent Advancements

Without the ability to store electricity, generation must equal consumption. With the development and deployment of Energy Storage Systems (ESS), energy generated at one time can be used at another. Recent technology advancements in energy storage have increased the potential of ESS to serve a variety of service scenarios in electric power management. The ESS will ideally support multiple applications or “stacked benefits” in a single installation in order to achieve a competitive return on investment.

Based on the collaboration of Southern Research with the energy storage industry, academia, government, and technology vendors, the new Energy Storage Research Center (ESRC) will develop joint energy storage research, demonstration and test projects focused on the Southeast as well as the U.S. overall. It will serve as an industry-wide resource to support emerging energy storage technologies. The ESRC will serve as an independent resource to provide third party services on energy storage systems for technology vendors and users as well as other stakeholder groups (e.g. financers and regulators). The ESRC will enable electric systems engineers/planners, energy storage system vendors, and investors to mature energy storage systems and provide for economic growth and development in the emerging energy storage market.

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Southern Research is currently developing an energy storage laboratory and center of excellence, targeted to meet the unique needs of electric utilities and customers in the Southeast region of the United States. This survey is designed to help Southern Research better understand what your involvement in the energy storage sector is, what your energy storage testing and research needs are, and whether or not those needs are currently being met by existing testing facilities. We appreciate your insights also with respect to the larger context of Distributed Energy Resources. The survey seeks to understand gaps and opportunities for Southern Research to contribute. It also seeks input into the key collaborators that can enable complete testing solutions that support safe, reliable, and cost-effective energy storage technologies and projects.

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Capabilities and Expertise provided by SR’s ESRC

Southern Research, with support from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Oakridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the State of Alabama, and Southeast (SE) regional electric utilities, is developing a new Energy Storage Research and Test Center (ESRC) focused on grid-scale energy storage (ES) applications in combination with renewables in the Southeastern US. The purpose of the ESRC is to provide independent, third party, research and testing as well as engineering and economic assessment for ES technologies and use cases important for and unique to the Southeast. Technologies and applications relevant at utility scale are the primary focus. Southern Research has initiated work to identify ES testing capabilities and needs nationwide, as well as defining technology specific use cases and risks relevant to Southeastern utility service areas. This effort will inform identification of regionally prioritized ES target attributes and corresponding test and verification strategies. The results will serve as the basis for the ESRC facility infrastructure requirements and test protocols, with the goal of developing consensus test protocols that address all stakeholder information needs and priorities.