By Lynn L. Bergeson
On April 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with nine National Laboratories, issued a report titled “Hybrid Energy Systems: Opportunities for Coordinated Research.” The report outlines opportunities for innovation through joint research and development (R&D) on hybrid energy systems. According to DOE, these opportunities can drive the production of valuable chemicals, fuels, and products that are cost-efficient, increase grid flexibility, and decarbonize the U.S. economy. The report comes at a crucial point in time as DOE focuses on meeting the Biden Administration’s goal of achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2050. DOE Hybrids Task Force members and representatives from various DOE offices will use the report as an optimization tool to design more cost-efficient and grid-friendly hybridization technologies.