Reports & Research
The LDES Council leverages the deep expertise of its member base to publish insights on the topic of energy flexibility.
PRIORITY LDES COUNCIL RESEARCH TOPICS IN 2022
The Council creates working groups with representation from member companies focused on research topics prioritized by the broader membership. Below is a summary of the research working groups that are currently underway or under formation.
Consideration of types of policy tools and example mechanisms that could be deployed to overcome some of the barriers facing widespread deployment of LDES.
24/7 Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)
Evaluation of economic and CO2 implications of shifting from traditional renewable PPAs to “24/7 shaped PPAs” for further decarbonization of power procurement – and assessing the role of LDES assets in this journey.
Comprehensive evaluation of heat decarbonization landscape and net-zero pathways with consideration for thermal flexibility (heating and cooling) and storage solutions. Expansion beyond power system flexibility to integrate power, heat, and hydrogen couplings that enable overall energy system flexibility.
This effort places additional emphasis on benchmarking and detailing thermal LDES technologies along with other thermal technologies (e.g., heat pumps, electric furnaces, hydrogen heating).
Analysis of core power and heat flexibility needs in the mining sector and development of least-cost technology options (including LDES solutions) for driving toward net-zero energy.
T & D Optimization
Evaluation of core value propositions of LDES for transmission and distribution networks, including optimization of network development, reduction of balancing / congestion / curtailment cost, and provision of low carbon grid stability resources.