The U.S. Department of Energy is about to give a shot in the arm to six new projects that are focused on developing more energy storage solutions for solar power and for making the grid more resilient, CleanTechnica announced.
As renewable energy, such as solar energy, became less of a dream and more of a reality, it became apparent that new storage practices and an updated grid were necessary. If grid updates are not done, new renewable energy technologywon't be as efficient or effective as it would otherwise be. New technology is pressuring the technology of the past to advance as well. Think of it like a teenager trying to teach their grandma to text.
This $18 million initiative is part of a larger $220 million project to improve the nationalenergy grid. Austin Energy, Carnegie Mellon University, Commonwealth Edison Company, The Electric-Power Research Institute, Fraunhofer USA, and The Hawaiian Electric Company will all receive part of the $18 million total to fund various projects.