Partnership to Jump Start Energy Storage

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CalCEF have joined forces to pioneer the first ever public-private consortium designed to leapfrog current energy storage technology and develop advanced battery systems.

The partnership, named CalCharge, will convene dozens of start-ups and established companies under one roof to share best practices and world-class scientific facilities and personnel, and develop a Bay Area “regional ecosystem” to jump start new technologies and boost American success in global markets.

Advanced batteries could hold the key to a clean energy future where renewable energy could easily be stored on the grid for peak demand.

CalCharge will provide technology assistance, workforce training, and market education to participating companies in order to speed up energy storage commercialization and market adoption. Members will have access to Berkeley laboratories, testing facilities, technical resources, and diagnostic equipment through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements – assets they may not be able to afford on their own.

With the companies forming an alliance to try and unlock the potential of energy storage, potential customers in a business community that can commercialize new technology and one of the most advanced energy research institutions in the world, the materialization of a sustainable future may succeed in being more than a distant dream.

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