Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division

Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division

ETA researchers in the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division conduct R&D and develop technologies that provide the electricity grid with significant storage capability for:

  • energy generated from renewable sources
  • real-time monitoring and response technologies for the “smart grid” to optimize energy use and communication between electricity providers and consumers
  • technologies for improved electricity distribution reliability

Their goal is to identify and develop technologies, policies and strategies to enable a shift to renewable energy sources at $1 per watt for a low-cost, low-carbon, reliable electric grid.

Researchers develop, demonstrate and deploy:

  • Advanced battery and fuel cell technologies for both transportation and stationary applications
  • Microgrid technologies that allow enterprises and communities to supply their own clean energy
  • Real-time smart grid/demand response technologies to allow energy users, suppliers and grid operators to run efficiently
  • Software and hardware technologies to improve the reliability of the grid
  • Very low-emissions combustion technologies
  • Advanced physical and chemical sensors for developing new energy materials and detecting hazardous waste

Publications by Organization


Russo, Richard E., Xianglei Mao, and Oleg V. Borisov. Laser ablation sampling In Trac-Trends in Analytical Chemistry. Vol. 17., 1998.
Hunt, Arlon J.. "Light scattering for aerogel characterization." Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 225 (1998): 303-306.
Hunt, Arlon J., and Michael R. Ayers. "Light scattering studies of UV-catalyzed gel and aerogel structure." Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 225 (1998): 325-329.
Brown, Diane H., Julie Ross, Diane Mountain, and Karen Hardy. Maryland smart siting: using GIS in siting electric power plants In 91st Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Air & Waste Management Association. San Diego, CA: Air & Waste Management Association, 1998.
Ayers, Michael R., and Arlon J. Hunt. "Molecular oxygen sensors based on photoluminescent silica aerogels." Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 225 (1998): 343-347.
Grant, Patrick M., Kenton J. Moody, Ian D. Hutcheon, and Richard E. Russo. "Nuclear forensics in Law Enforcement." Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 235 (1998): 129-132.
Rasmussen, Scott D.. PX Tariff Appendix D, Master Definitions Supplement. Sacramento, CA: California Power Exchange Corporation, 1998.