Quidnet Energy gets federal funding for geomechanical pumped storage project

30 November 2022

Quidnet Energy is to receive $10 million in funding from the US. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for work on a project using its geomechanical pumped storage (GPS) for long-duration energy storage.

The funding is part of the ARPA-E Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program, which provides further funding to previous ARPA-E teams that have been determined to be feasible for widespread deployment and commercialization domestically. SCALEUP selectees demonstrate a viable path to commercial deployment and the ability to attract private sector investments.

“We’re honored that ARPA-E has selected Quidnet Energy as an awardee of the SCALEUP program,” said Joe Zhou, CEO of Quidnet Energy. “This funding will support continued work on our Geomechanical Pumped Storage (GPS) project with CPS Energy, which will demonstrate the benefits of using proven pumped hydro technology to create a long-duration energy storage resource that doesn’t require mountainous terrain. We look forward to continuing our partnership with CPS Energy and thank ARPA-E for acknowledging the potential of GPS for long-duration storage.”

Quidnet Energy’s GPS technology uses existing natural resources to store renewable energy over long durations and in large quantities. Utilizing existing drilling and hydropower machinery supply chains, Quidnet Energy said it repurposes existing resources to quickly marshal implementable solutions to the most pressing energy and climate challenges.

The funding from ARPA-E will support Quidnet Energy’s project with San Antonio-based municipal utility CPS Energy. Quidnet Energy will scale its GPS to a 1 MW/10 MWh commercial system that will provide CPS Energy with 10+ hour long-duration energy storage. The project will support CPS Energy's “Flexible Path” Resource Plan to reduce net emissions by 80% by 2040 while allowing Quidnet Energy to advance GPS from its current pilot scale to MW-scale commercial systems.

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