Energy Storage for Grid Security and Modernization program


Over the next 10 years, the world-wide market for grid-scale energy storage is expected to grow to over $200 billion. The NRC's Energy Storage for Grid Security and Modernization program helps the energy industry to tackle the greatest obstacles to adopting and using energy storage technologies, including durability, cost and risk associated with the development and implementation of energy storage in Canada.

By focusing on electrical energy storage technologies that can be placed close to the electrical load, the program works closely to strengthen the domestic energy storage value chain and facilitate technology export opportunities. Ultimately, these gains will help to defer the costs of transmission and distribution infrastructure investment, integrate variable generation and enable peak shaving required to build and maintain an efficient, secure and modern electrical grid.


Collaborate with us

Collaborate with us on strategic research projects to help de-risk your innovative ideas, reduce your start-up costs and accelerate your commercial development timelines.

Collaboration opportunities

The NRC is currently seeking new members to join our Energy Storage for Grid Security and Modernization initiative. Working together, we will address issues of poor durability, high cost and high risk to end‑users, all of which are currently hampering the development and deployment of energy storage technologies in the marketplace.

Goals of the initiative include bringing about:

  • a cost reduction for energy storage technologies of at least 50%
    • from the current $1000/kWh to under $500/kWh (energy rating)
    • from the current $2500/kW to less than $1250/kW (power rating)
  • a doubling of the operating lifetime
    • from today's 5-7 years to more than15 years

Read our complete list of current opportunities for collaboration.

Collaborator benefits

The NRC's Energy Storage for Grid Security and Modernization initiative brings together key industry players who can advance the development and acceptance of energy storage technologies by:

  • offering strategic analysis and decision‑making support to de‑risk technology development and adoption
  • engaging in collaborative technology demonstration to provide insight into real‑world energy storage performance and reduce the frequency and severity of system and integration related issues
  • conducting targeted R&D that will lead to the necessary technical improvements to reduce costs and improve the durability of energy storage systems

Our members will benefit from shared knowledge and expertise, as well as from firsthand exposure to cutting‑edge developments in energy storage solutions.

Technical and advisory services

The NRC also offers a range of energy storage research services and facilities on an individual, fee-for-service basis.

NRC researchers bring a multi‑disciplinary approach to their analysis of the relationship between techno‑economics, codes and standards, technology roadmaps (TRM), support of demonstration projects and system integration. Our expertise extends to the following areas:

  • Materials
  • Electrochemistry
  • System design (integration, performance and failure analysis)
  • Modelling and validation
Research facilities

Members have access to a wide range of facilities that can be used to perform component level validation, manufacturability assessment and improvements, materials evaluation and development, and accelerated testing. The following facilities are available in the NRC's national labs:

Storage evaluation facilities

  • Energy storage component cyclers
  • Thermal chambers
  • Fire and containment facilities

Storage materials fabrication and characterization facilities

  • Dry room
  • Electrode fabrication facilities
  • Materials synthesis labs
  • A wide range of characterization equipment (e.g. XRD, TEM, SEM, XPS, TGA, XRF, NMR)

Systems facilities

  • Energy storage systems lab
  • Testing facilities
  • Cluster computing resources

Contact us

If you're interested in improving energy storage technologies, expanding your network or knowledge base, accessing our advanced scientific infrastructure or connecting with our experts, contact:

Adam Tuck, Program Leader
Telephone: 604-221-3058

Targeted industries

Utilities, system integrators, controls and inverters, component suppliers, material suppliers.