As the “center of gravity” for the California energy storage cluster, CalCharge will be a vehicle for forming and launching partnerships that advance the interests of the sector. This can include working with members to identify and secure collaborative technology development and deployment grants such as ARPA-e, SBIR, or similar state funded programs necessary to work on technical issues of common concern.  It may also include more focused efforts to engage and coordinate stakeholders on specific market, technical, or policy barriers that can further accelerate technology innovation.

Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap

One of the most persistent barriers in the innovation lifecycle occurs during the transition from lab-scale prototyping to commercial scale manufacturing.  To address this critical gap, CalCharge is launching an initiative to define the critical technology challenges impeding the development of US advanced manufacturing in energy storage.  It will focus on shared technology challenges in the areas of materials scale-up, cell design & manufacturing processes, and battery pack design & battery management systems.

Over the course of 2014, CalCharge will be conducting a stakeholder driven road mapping exercise that will serve as the basis for a comprehensive Pre-Commercial Technology Support program for Advanced Manufacturing.  Through this initiative, CalCharge will work with member and other stakeholders to identify and secure collaborative technology development and deployment grants such as ARPA-e, SBIR, or similar state funded programs necessary to work on technical issues of common concern.

As an initial step in late 2013, over 20 senior energy storage company executives and other stakeholders gathered at Berkeley Lab to identify their shared pre-commercial technical challenges in six broad topic areas. The results of this initial gap analysis, will serve as the basis for our work moving forward. 

Roadmap Summary