Reports & Research

NOVEMBER 2022: Net-Zero Heat: Long Duration Energy Storage to Accelerate Energy System Decarbonization

This report presents the latest view on the role of LDES in helping achieve net-zero power and heat by 2050, focusing on the potential role of thermal energy storage (TES) in realizing net-zero heat. It builds on prior LDES Council research and analysis and presents updated cost perspectives based on data from LDES Council members. As a follow- up to previous LDES Council publications, this report focuses on the heat sector, a pivotal component in achieving global decarbonization and climate targets. Accordingly, it also focuses on a particular set of LDES technologies, TES, which can store heat, decarbonize heat applications, and integrate renewables in this sector and the broader energy system. It highlights the relationship between power LDES and TES to accelerate the energy transition, and the role that TES plays in decarbonizing heat applications.

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JUNE 2022: The Journey to Net-Zero: An Action Plan to Unlock a Secure, Net-Zero Power System

Decarbonized and energy secure countries will need Long Duration Energy Storage solutions to provide flexibility and reliability – policies and regulations have key roles in enabling their large-scale deployment. In this report, the Council focuses on potential regulatory and policy options to overcome barriers to widespread LDES deployment. Such measures will be a critical component of an action plan to deliver the energy transition and to ensure a sustainable and secure energy future for all.

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The rising share of renewable power in the global generation mix-driven by the need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions — has created new challenges in managing electricity supply and demand. In particular, the inherent intermittency of wind and solar power creates a need to balance supply and demand, for example by using fossil fuel power to fill gaps. The search is on for a solution that will further reduce the need for fossil fuels, increase decarbonization, and improve risk management. One answer is 24/7 clean Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

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The LDES Council Report is an authoritative analysis of long duration energy storage. Based on data and research provided by council members, the LDES Council Report sets out the requirement for long duration energy storage to accelerate carbon neutrality. Download our new landmark report Net-zero power: Long duration energy storage for a renewable grid to learn more on how LDES deployment would help the power sector to reach net-zero.

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The Council creates working groups with representation from member companies focused on topics prioritized by the broader membership. Below is a summary of the various working groups that are currently available to members.

The LDES Council hosts monthly policy and research roundtable discussions for our members to review these topics and discuss next steps.

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Net Zero Infrastructure

Explore the role of LDES in creating value for transmission & distribution systems, across both capex savings and operational savings. Consider the impact of LDES on system stability, reliability, and carbon emissions.

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Industrial Decarbonization

Analyze the role of LDES in achieving net zero emissions in hard-to-decarbonize industrial sectors.

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Define and execute the LDES Council’s internal and external communication strategy including PR and dissemination support. Engagement on speaking opportunities, conferences, and more.

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Net-Zero Heat

Support a study led by Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC) on assessing the major barriers to wider TES deployment and providing recommendations to overcome them.

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Preparations for COP28 pavilion and coordination on COP28 activities and messaging.