Toyota and Bosch, as well as four smaller companies Blue Current, Ensor, EnZinc and ITN Energy Systems, joined the battery and electrochemical energy storage consortium CalCharge.
As of now, CalCharge associates 18 companies, combining them with academic and research institutions, government bodies, and financing sources.
The idea behind the CalCharge is to accelerate breakthrough energy storage technologies and secure funding for development/pilot projects.
"CalCharge’s technology acceleration program facilitates members access to three Bay Area national labs: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. These national labs are home to world-class scientists and leading-edge facilities."
As you can read in the statements below, all the partners believe in the CalCharge initiative. Hopefully CalCharge will really help them to leverage the battery and energy storage solutions for a better world.
Horst Simon, deputy director at Berkeley Lab, one of the founding organizations of CalCharge said:
“Connecting private companies with the talent at the labs means that innovators at both public and private organizations have a new opportunity to learn and share with one another. Getting a window into the market realities early on is a huge advantage for companies of any size. It’s exciting to see more companies and projects take advantage of Berkeley Lab and move closer to meaningful breakthroughs in battery technology.”
Aleksandar Kojic, department head in corporate research at the global technology supplier Bosch commented:
“Gaining access to the national labs, their experts and unique facilities means we can accelerate our innovation efforts. We’re excited to be the first CalCharge member conducting research at SLAC, and we look forward to working with both Berkeley Lab and Livermore Lab in the future.”
Mark Hartney, chief technology officer at SLAC remarked:
“The CalCharge CRADA has enabled SLAC to quickly engage with industry partners in helping to advance their battery technology. Through CalCharge, SLAC is furthering the Department of Energy’s stated strategy of helping private industry accelerate their technology development in collaboration with the national labs.”
Julie Blunden, chair of the CalCharge board said:
“Being able to store energy efficiently, affordably and at the right scale is the key to unleashing the full power of the clean energy economy. By bringing national labs and cutting-edge companies together, CalCharge is turbo-charging the innovation process. Adding these six innovative companies to the CalCharge roster increases our momentum and brings breakthroughs that much closer to the marketplace.”
Dr. Mohan Misra, founder, president and CEO of ITN Energy Systems, a technology incubator focused on developing next generation flow batteries, lithium batteries and fuel cells said:
“What happens in the California energy sector shapes the entire industry. We’re a Colorado company, and CalCharge helps us keep our finger on the pulse of the battery sector as a whole. We look forward to getting into California’s elite research facilities to advance our technologies.”
Bill Goldstein, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the most recent national lab to join the CalCharge consortium said:
“Lawrence Livermore’s expertise in materials, manufacturing and high performance computing and simulations offers powerful tools for energy storage technology. We look forward to engaging with industry innovators to help advance technologies vital to California’s energy future.”