California energy storage group signs up Eaton, Volkswagen, Hitachi, others

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An initiative to accelerate the development of the energy storage sector in California has signed its first corporate members — from international giants to emerging startups.

CalCharge announced the enrollment of Duracell, Hitachi, Volkswagen, LG, Eaton, Enovix, EnerVault, Farasis Energy, Halotechnics, Leyden Energy and Primus Power at the Department of Energy's (DOE) advanced manufacturing event in San Francisco today.

"Energy storage is the key to unlocking a clean energy economy," said Jeff Anderson, CalCharge President. "CalCharge is positioned to make California the center of gravity for energy storage technology development in the U.S. and globally."

What began as a joint effort of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a DOE national laboratory, and CalCEF to explore ways to support the growth of the California energy storage cluster, quickly grew to include SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, San Jose State University, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractor's Association as the other founding Partner Members. Working together, they developed CalCharge, an independent member-driven public-private partnership.

CalCharge has streamlined access to the national labs for its members.

CalCharge offers its members access to programs in Technology Assessment and Acceleration, Professional Development, Pre-Commercialization Support, and Ecosystem Facilitation. This enables them to more easily collaborate, identify barriers to emerging technology success, and develop solutions that help clear the path to commercialization and adoption of energy storage technologies.

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