Long-Duration Energy Storage R&D: An Opportunity for American Climate Leadership

David M. Hart Spencer Nelson December 14, 2018
December 14, 2018

As David Hart and Spencer Nelson of ClearPath write for Utility Dive, American leadership is essential to bend the curve of carbon pollution downward toward zero. A U.S.-powered international initiative to accelerate progress on a technology essential to that push — long-duration energy storage — would demonstrate that leadership. The United States has always preferred voluntary, cooperative, win-win agreements among nations. International R&D collaboration is the quintessential example of such agreements and has, for that reason, been a staple of American diplomacy since World War II. A new innovation challenge on long-duration energy storage is a perfect way to rebuild American leadership, one that leaders from both parties, in the administration as well as Congress, can agree on.