Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - February 4, 2022
Google, Microsoft Join Long Duration Energy Storage Council
Google and Microsoft are among several companies who joined the Long Duration Energy Storage (LDES) Council, a global CEO-led organization focused on replacing the use of fossil fuels to meet peak demand with zero carbon long duration energy storage.
Twelve new members were added to the council since its launch in November 2021 at COP26 in Glasgow. The organization now has a total of 36 companies in regions globally, representing those in the following sectors: technology, equipment provider, energy developer, utilities, grid operators, investors and end-users.
The LDES Council has two categories of membership: technology members who are leading the innovation in long duration energy storage and anchor members that include capital providers, equipment manufacturers, low-carbon energy system integrators and developers, and industry and services customers.
The five anchor members joining the council are Corre Energy, Google, Microsoft, Ørsted, and Sumitomo SHI FW as well as seven technology members - Enervenue, Kraftblock, Kyoto Group, Magaldi, SENS, TORC Clean Energy, and VoltStorage.
The members are based in Australia, Canada, Europe, India, the Middle East, and the U.S.
“At Google we know that achieving 24/7 carbon-free energy will require improving and diversifying our technological toolkit and we view long duration energy storage as a key pillar on the path to a carbon-free future,” said Maud Texier, Carbon Free Energy Lead at Google in a statement. “We are glad to be an anchor member of the LDES Council, to help accelerate innovation and deployment in this important space.”
Upma Koul, VP Strategy and Business Development for Energy Storage at Sumitomo FHI SW, also noted, “We believe long duration energy storage can enable 100% renewable power systems and grids affordably and sustainably while reaching global decarbonisation goals. Our vision is to enable decarbonisation of the energy ecosystem to meet the climate change goals and objectives.”
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