Modeling of Long-Duration Storage for Decarbonization of California Energy System
The project will develop improved modeling tools capable of analyzing future grid scenarios involving emerging storage and generation technologies.
The project began in August 2020 and its first public workshop was held in December 2020. The workshop gave research stakeholders and other members of the public an opportunity to comment on the goals and strategies of the project team prior to developing new modeling tools that are necessary for the development of potential grid scenarios involving new and emerging storage and generation technologies.
The project team will expand on the past work using the SWITCH model to define the role and useful cost targets for long-duration storage. The project will improve inputs to the model based on interviews with industry experts (from its Storage Advisory Board) and analysis based on those interviews. Additionally, the project will compare results from two models (RESOLVE and SWITCH) to model expansion of the grid, analyze relevant technologies, and define and analyze relevant scenarios. The project will estimate the anticipated prices of promising technologies as they are scaled to gigawatt levels, and the potential for rapid scale up will be evaluated in light of the extent to which the new technology leverages existing supply chains and other attractive market opportunities.
The project will inform policy decisions made by the state of California. These policy decisions can lay the foundation for the least cost solution to reaching the SB100 goals.
Environmental & Public Health
The pathway to SB100 goals identified by this project will accelerate the transition to a zero carbon energy grid, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Key Project Members
University of California, Berkeley
UC San Diego