Big tech companies join Long-Duration Energy Storage Council

The Long-Duration Energy Storage (LDES) Council, a global CEO-led organisation focused on replacing the use of fossil fuels to meet peak demand with zero-carbon long-duration energy storage, has welcomed 12 new members since its launch in November 2021 at COP26 in Glasgow.

The organisation now has a total of 36 diverse companies in regions across the world, representing the full spectrum of the energy transition – including technology innovators, equipment providers, energy developers, 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. Joining the LDES Council are five anchor members: 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.

Building upon the Council’s global footprint, the members are based across Australia, Canada, Europe, India, the Middle East, and the United States. It is hoped that the diverse perspectives and broad range of experience offered by the new LDES Council members will add tremendous value as the organisation works to support governments, grid operators, and major electricity users in the global adoption of cost-effective long-duration energy storage to replace the use of fossil fuels.

Maud Texier, carbon-free energy lead at Google, remarked: “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. 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 of strategy and business development for energy storage at Sumitomo FHI SW, also noted: “We believe long-duration energy storage can enable 100 per cent 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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