US Department of Energy Plans Grid Storage Launchpad at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Published 4-29-2020
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Grid Storage Launchpad
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Grid Storage Launchpad

    Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The U.S. Department of Energy is planning to begin construction in 2021 on the $75 million Grid Storage Launchpad at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Designed as a resource hub for the development of next-generation grid energy storage technologies, the R&D facility will provide labs for basic materials synthesis and processing, in-operando characterization, small-scale cell fabrication, kilowatt-scale testing and validation, advanced prototyping, visualization, and analysis. The project will also support the creation of rigorous performance requirements and standards for all stages of grid development.