Sumitomo SHI FW joins Long Duration Energy Storage Council

Source: press release, 10 February 2022

Liquid Air Energy Storage technology makes use of a freely available resource – air – which is cooled and stored as a liquid and then converted back into a pressurised gas which drives turbines to produce electricity
Liquid Air Energy Storage technology makes use of a freely available resource – air – which is cooled and stored as a liquid and then converted back into a pressurised gas which drives turbines to produce electricity (illustration: Sumitomo SHI FW)

Global energy technology provider Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) has joined the Long Duration Energy Storage Council (LDES) as an anchor member. SFW will work with companies from the energy and technology sector to get LDES technologies to the market faster. The primary goal is to support governments, grid operators and major electricity users in the global adoption of cost-effective long duration energy storage to replace the use of fossil fuels.

“We are happy to join the LDES council as an anchor member and work collectively towards achieving decarbonisation targets and goals. Long duration energy storage can enable 100% renewable power systems and grids affordably and sustainably while reaching global net-zero goals. Our vision is to enable decarbonisation of the energy ecosystem to meet the climate change goals and objectives,” states Upma Koul, Vice President, Energy Storage, Strategy and Business Development, SFW.

LDES Council launched in November 2021 at COP26, Glasgow, as a global CEO-led organisation focused on replacing the use of fossil fuels to meet peak demand with zero-carbon LDES. The Council has already established a global reach with 36 members from Australia, Canada, Europe, India, the Middle East, and the United States. The broad expertise and perspectives of council members, ranging from Google and Microsoft to SFW’s partner Highview Power and Siemens Energy, is creating a lot of momentum in using LDES technologies to accelerate to a carbon neutral globe.