This week, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has  launched the Energy Storage Grand Challenge - a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies. 

Storage improvements are vital for bringing high levels of renewables onto power grids and improving the performance and cost-competitiveness of electric vehicles and the DOE is looking to leverage department-wide expertise to spur advances in energy storage, drive them into the market and ensure U.S. industry reaps the benefits. 

The effort will look at a range of technologies — new and improved battery chemistries, advancements in pumped hydro storage, thermal storage with molten salt, hydrogen and more.

It has five big goals over the next decade, per the summary:

Technology development with "ambitious, achievable" performance goals.

Technology transfer to speed up the process of moving from research to system design to use in the private sector.

Policy and valuation to enable the "most effective value proposition and use cases for storage technologies."

Bolstering the U.S. manufacturing and supply chain for storage technologies.

Workforce training to help U.S. workers "meet the needs of the 21st century electric grid and energy storage value chain."

While research and development is the foundation of advancing energy storage technologies, creating and sustaining global leadership in energy storage utilization and exports is absolutely vital. 

Hyperion builds teams for the most innovative cleantech companies, enabling the best businesses to find extraordinary people and we're leading a number of senior-level searches for early stage energy storage startups in the US. 

We're actively looking for a Director, Systems Engineering in San Francisco on behalf of our client - a hugely ambitious world class team, backed by Bill Gates and developing a ground breaking long-duration energy storage system. Please get in touch to learn more!