To modernize the power grid and unlock a broad array of economic and societal benefits, the US Department of Energy (DOE) is making it a national priority to accelerate the development of next-generation energy storage technology. The DOE’s Office of Electricity selected Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as the site for a new $75m national grid energy storage research and development facility, now being called the Grid Storage Launchpad (GSL).
Harvey-Cleary Builders, Kirksey Architecture, and Arup are supporting the design and engineering of the new GSL energy storage research facility, collaborating to deliver high-performance infrastructure that will support leading research spanning the entire energy storage development cycle, from basic materials synthesis to advanced prototyping.
The new facility will be a critical component for researching and achieving a more resilient, reliable, secure, and flexible power grid. Bringing together the DOE, multidisciplinary teams of researchers, and industry partners, the GSL facility will be a collaborative research environment that lowers the barrier to innovation and deployment of grid-scale energy storage technologies.