Advanced Materials and Devices for Stationary Electrical Energy Storage Applications documented the findings of a multidisciplinary workshop of materials science experts convened by TMS, in conjunction with Sandia National Laboratories and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, last summer.
In addition to TMS members, the workshop drew on the knowledge and expertise from the membership of ASM International, the American Ceramic Society, the Electrochemical Society, and the Materials Research Society.
Making renewable energy, such as wind and solar, a more reliable, cost-effective, and widely utilized source of electricity in the United States is dependent on the development of practical EES technologies that can be deployed at the grid scale.
Renewable energy technologies pose significant challenges for integration into the electrical grid because of their intermittent nature. Electrical energy storage smoothes out this variability—when the wind turbine stops turning or the solar panel has no sun to capture—by providing a means to store energy for back-up power, load shifting, transmission and distribution deferral, and energy arbitrage needs.
Until recently, however, stationary electrical energy storage has been relatively unexplored, with the needs and requirements for optimal performance at the grid level still largely undefined. In addition, most EES technologies currently face significant economic and technical challenges for market entrance.
Both the workshop and resulting report emphasize solutions that could be realistically deployed at the grid scale with DOE involvement in a relatively short time frame—present day through 2030, with particular emphasis on the one-to-five-year and five-to-10 year time blocks. The report provides guidance to the DOE for advancing an array of EES technologies, including advanced lead-acid and lead-carbon batteries; lithium-ion batteries; sodium-based batteries; flow batteries; power technologies such as high-speed flywheels and electrochemical capacitors; and emerging technologies such as metal-air batteries, liquid metal systems, regenerative fuel cells, and advanced compressed-air energy storage.
Recognizing that each storage technology has its own specific limitations and potential solutions, the report also recommends several key advanced materials focus areas that could significantly encourage commercial success across the board.
Basic materials research, for instance, needs to surface more effective, safer, inexpensive, and robust electrochemical materials combinations, as well as explore readily available materials such as iron, aluminum, magnesium, and copper for use in EES technologies. Advanced electrochemical combinations and the more efficient utilization of current electrolytes and electrodes also have the potential to increase conductivity, amplify capacity, reduce resistance, improve thermal tolerance, and extend the life of energy storage devices.
Engineering electrolytes into thin and flexible crystalline solids likewise offer an opportunity to increase efficiency compared to systems with liquid electrolytes. Improved membranes and seals to help limit contamination, novel cell and stack designs for particular stationary applications, and nanomaterials that can lead to development of high-power and quick-response energy storage devices also factor in the report’s recommendations.
The complete report, as well as a summary article and additional background information on the project, can be accessed on the project home page of the TMS Energy website at http://energy.tms.org/initiatives/AMSEES.aspx.
Also available for download is Electric Power Industry Needs for Grid-Scale Storage Applications, the report of a complementary workshop organized by Sandia, with support from TMS, that convened stakeholders from the electric power industry to discuss targets for EES in specific grid applications. This information was used to frame the discussion for the Advanced Materials and Devices for Stationary Electrical Energy Storage Applications report. High resolution images related to both reports are available in the TMS Energy image library at http://energy.tms.org/pressroom.aspx.About TMS
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