CalCharge recently announced a partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE) and the University of California, San Diego, to develop cleaner energy storage.
The announcement came Oct. 15 at a lunch session at Energy Storage North America.
“The California Senate just passed a law upping the state's renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030 and better batteries are integral to meeting this new goal,” said Danny Kennedy, president of CalCharge, in a news release. “The resources and expertise at Southern California Edison and UC San Diego are a valuable addition to the CalCharge family and bring us closer to building a new economy where clean energy is maximized — and is affordable and accessible to everyone.”
Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, is CalCharge’s first utility member. Others within the CalCharge network are Toyota Motor Corp. and Bosch, an electronics manufacturer.
With this partnership also comes access to scientists and facilities at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Last year, SCE completed the largest grid-connected energy storage purchase in U.S. history, in response to a California mandate to add 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage to investor-owned utility grids by 2020.
CalCharge is an independent public-private partnership that works to accelerate the process of bringing new energy storage technologies to the consumer, transportation and grid markets. CalCharge, a 27-member organization, is a subsidiary of CalCEF Catalyst.
CalCharge said it hopes to accelerate innovation by helping companies and its members, including UCSD, to develop batteries for the right applications.
“UC San Diego has a microgrid that serves as a real-world test bed and we have one of the most diverse energy-storage research portfolios of any university in the world,” said Shirley Meng, a nanoengineering professor who leads the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, in the release. “For us, CalCharge opens a new door for exciting collaboration between innovators and researchers on energy storage.”