Energy Storage

Energy storage encompasses technologies that store electrical energy or thermal energy and produce electricity or heating/cooling respectively whenever needed. Energy storage offers reliability, flexibility and efficiency of usage, making it easier to include clean energy sources in the electrical grid system. Potential storage applications include reducing grid and customer costs, renewable energy integration within the electric grid, reducing congestion and relieving peak usage demands on the grid, reducing transmission and distribution costs, and energy resilience in the event of natural disasters. Technologies include batteries, capacitors, flywheels, compressed air energy storage, pumped storage, hydrogen storage and heating and cooling energy storage, with different technologies providing different benefits. Energy storage can serve as a key flexible resource in addressing the Commonwealth’s energy challenges; modernization of its electricity grid and greenhouse gas emissions targets. The thriving innovation sector in Massachusetts holds promise for the continued development of cutting edge energy storage technologies and the growth of storage companies.

MassCEC’s Activities on Energy Storage

For several years now, MassCEC has been supporting the advancement of energy storage technologies and companies in Massachusetts through a suite of programs designed to accelerate the commercialization of promising clean technologies.  These financial awards have supported advanced R&D and proof of concept projects, matched external funding (federal and  private) opportunities, and pilot and demonstration projects across a range of storage technologies including rechargeable, hybrid, flow, lithium, organic mega flow and thermo-adsorptive batteries, electric vehicles and energy storage systems.  Additionally, MassCEC has supported the development of a world-class workforce by supporting internships at cutting-edge storage companies across the states through its nationally recognized Clean Energy Internship Program.

Through various programs, MassCEC has financially supported 28 companies and projects with a focus on energy storage technology. MassCEC has invested more than $9.1 million in energy storage.

$573,571
4 Awards
$280,000
7 Projects
$300,000
2 Projects
$306,400
9 Companies
$7,266.373
4 Companies
$370,000
1 Company
$50,000
1 University
Total
$9,146,344
28 Companies &Projects

Also, MassCEC partnered with MIT, Harvard University, Fraunhofer, private entities and a national laboratory to apply for an energy storage hub to the federal Department of Energy. The budget for the proposed hub was $156,000,000 and MassCEC committed $30,000,000 over 5 years. The application was shortlisted in the final round but was ultimately unsuccessful (it was awarded to a team led by Argonne National Laboratory).

MassCEC is partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) on a study in order to obtain a broad view of energy storage technologies that will inform future policy and programs. The two parts of the study are being conducted concurrently and are expected to provide specific insights into Massachusetts-specific and regional context to advance energy storage interests in the Commonwealth based on lessons from other states. Engagement with stakeholders, including utilities, ISO-NE, competitive suppliers, policymakers, regulators, and manufacturers of storage technologies, should contribute to the understanding for both parts of the Study. For more details about the energy storage study, click here.

Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) Program

The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) have submitted a request for proposals to demonstrate the business models for energy storage systems, to be known as the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program, under the state's Energy Storage Initiative. This program seeks applications for business and finance model demonstrations of commercially-viable energy storage technologies. MassCEC has also released a technical consultant request for proposals, which seeks applications from consultants or professionals with significant expertise in energy storage projects and energy analytics to serve as a program consultant for the ACES program.

Solar Plus Storage for Manufacturers 

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is currently providing up to 50 free site assessments to evaluate the financial benefits that can accrue to owners of small-to-medium manufacturing/industrial facilities in Massachusetts that install solar photovoltaic systems plus energy storage systems OR energy storage systems only. These systems reduce energy costs for manufacturers while preserving high power quality and business continuity, and also help manufacturers meet greenhouse gas reduction or corporate sustainability goals.

Resilient (Service) Stations Challenge

MassCEC is developing a request for proposals under the Resilient Stations Challenge, a special round of its InnovateMass program, for projects that deploy commercially viable energy resilience technologies and demonstrate innovative and/or replicable business models while providing measureable energy resilience, risk management, clean energy and/or climate benefits to Massachusetts gas stations, enabling these facilities to provide critical goods and services to the communities they serve during extended electric grid failures. MassCEC staff are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from entities interested in applying to the Resilient Stations Challenge. The information submitted in response to this Request for Expressions of Interest may be publicly available on the MassCEC website to help facilitate formation of RFP applicant teams. Expressions of Interest will not affect selection of applicants. Responses will be accepted and posted to the MassCEC website on a rolling basis until the RFP is released. Click here to fill out the Expressions of Interest survey, or here to view respondents. 

Energy Storage Safety

According to the State of Charge study published in September 2016, which analyzes the potential benefits of incorporating energy storage technologies into Massachusetts’ energy portfolio, industry stakeholders suggested that developing energy storage safety codes, standards, and regulations is an industry priority to ensure a robust market and to facilitate smooth deployment of energy storage. For more information on MassCEC’s efforts around energy storage safety, including programs and other resources, please visit the Energy Storage Safety webpage.

Related Activities

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Energy Storage Initiative

Grid Modernization – Information on the ongoing grid modernization process and plans

Distributed Generation – Working group information providing updates on relevant distributed generation issues in Massachusetts.

Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative – This $40 million initiative was part of the Commonwealth’s broader climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. It is a grant program focused on municipal resilience that uses clean energy technology solutions to protect communities from interruptions in energy services due to severe climate events made worse by the effects of climate change.

Studies and Research

Energy Storage Study

Recent Announcements

Baker-Polito Administration Releases Energy Storage Report

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10 Million Energy Storage Initiative

Contact Information

If you would like to be on our mailing list to stay informed about MassCEC’s energy storage activities, please email energystorage@masscec.com