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DOE begins design and construction of $75 million research facility

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the beginning of design and construction of the Grid Storage Launchpad (GSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington.

The $75-million center will “boost clean energy adaptation and accelerate the development and deployment of long-duration, low-cost grid energy storage,” according to a DOE statement.

The planned facility will include 30 research laboratories, some of which will be testing chambers capable of assessing prototypes and new grid energy storage technologies under real world grid operating conditions. The GSL will include flexible workstations and collaboration spaces, including Fellowship Labs, which will provide dedicated space for researchers to incubate storage technologies originating from the U.S. research and development community.

During this new phase of development, PNNL will select a design and construction contractor and begin working toward the start of construction, which could begin late this year.

The building is expected to be operational and ready for occupancy by 2025.

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