The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released a new funding opportunity for joint research on smart grid and energy storage under the U.S.–India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R), intending to accelerate grid modernization, research and deployment.
According to the Energy Department release, the DOE and the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) are each committing $1.5 million per year for five years to the expanded research effort, subject to congressional appropriations. The U.S. and Indian private sectors will match the respective government commitments, resulting in a combined $30 million in public-private research investment over the next five years.
“Smart grid and storage technology will transform how we produce and consume electricity, which has the potential to decrease carbon pollution by scaling up renewable energy deployment,” says U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “Working collaboratively with India will accelerate solutions to drive down technology costs and improve grid resilience and reliability in both countries.”
In 2009, the U.S. and India launched PACE to support research and deployment of clean energy technologies. Since its launch, the countries have agreed to expand the initiative, which has three main areas of activity: Research (PACE-R), Deployment (PACE-D) and Access (PEACE).
In 2012, the DOE and MST committed to jointly funding PACE-R with a combined $50 million in government funding over five years to launch three initial research consortia, focusing on solar energy, energy efficiency in buildings and next-generation biofuels. Today’s opportunity provides resources for a fourth consortium under PACE-R that will focus on smart grid and energy storage for grid applications.
The new consortium will be officially established when an award selection is made – anticipated in 2017.