Scaling Novel Energy Storage Through Cross-Sector Partnerships


The world is transitioning from carbon-intensive energy generation to renewable, decarbonized, and decentralized energy systems, but there are significant challenges. Renewable energy sources are intermittent, which means we must devise efficient ways to capture and store this energy for reliable, on-demand usage. Furthermore, the existing power grid, rooted in legacy systems, requires a substantial overhaul to accommodate increased renewable and decentralized energy generation. This extensive undertaking necessitates innovative solutions to defer and economize the substantial time and capital investments required for infrastructure upgrades. 

Moreover, industries with high energy demands face mounting pressure from governments, investors, and society to decarbonize their processes by shifting to cleaner sources of process heat and electricity.  This transition is not only crucial for sustainability but also offers economic benefits. In all these scenarios, the adoption of novel methods for energy storage, dispatch, and utilization is critical.

Our Thesis

The Future Energy Storage Studio, a partnership between Ørsted, a prominent player in the clean energy sector, and Newlab is aimed at propelling progress in the novel energy storage space through technical feasibility and industrial scalability. We believe that energy storage is a cornerstone of the evolving energy landscape, fostering sustainability, reliability, and flexibility in our energy systems. Its multifaceted contributions are essential for achieving a cleaner, more resilient, and decentralized energy future.

We are focused on helping scale novel energy storage technologies versus more established lithium-based battery chemistries. High lithium demand, largely driven by mobility electrification and volatile cost and supply chain of the critical mineral, in addition to inherent safety risks (e.g. thermal runaway) and specialized manufacturing requirements (e.g. cleanroom), have led us to focus on alternative technologies for long duration energy storage. The world needs de-risked novel energy storage solutions ready to be deployed at scale.

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Who should apply?

The shift towards renewable energy necessitates an exceptional degree of cooperation among industry and startups specializing in larger-scale, longer-duration energy storage technologies for rapid and effective commercialization. This collaboration is crucial to reinventing new energy value chains to meet the world’s pressing climate challenges.

Groundbreaking Energy Storage Innovators

Companies developing high-potential, novel energy storage technologies across different chemistries, durations, and forms with safety, sustainability and long-term techno-economic benefits that fill the gaps of lithium-ion batteries to serve all the storage needs of the future energy system

Engaged Industry Partners

Companies interested in working collectively to de-risk, deploy and/or offtake the technologies by bringing in resources such as expertise, pilot/deployment sites and/or funding. We are open to discussion with a wide array of potential industry partners but have targeted:

  • Data centers looking for energy storage to enable 24/7 renewable power goals
  • Energy-intensive industrial sectors (i.e. chemical, steel, food & beverage manufacturing) looking to utilize energy storage to decarbonize their processes
  • Utilities in need of better integration with renewables and storage for enhanced grid reliability & resiliency as well as transmission & distribution upgrade deferral

Enabling Partners

Other institutions, such as universities, national labs, modeling and simulation software suppliers and public agencies, capable of enabling accelerated technology maturation with expertise, test sites, funding and/or other unique resources

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About the Partner(s)

The Ørsted Ventures and Open Innovation (VOI) team leads Ørsted's startup engagements and investments, researches and assesses emerging technologies and scientific advancements, and creates partnerships between the internal business and the external clean-tech ecosystem. This can include startups, academic partnerships, and peer corporate relationships. 

To date, we have piloted around 15 new and novel technologies including offshore communication tools, AI imaging software for migratory bird detection, ML-based weather predictions, and power-to-X solutions. Through a mixture of venture investing and venture clienting, Ørsted VOI is well-positioned for future-proofing our business and keeping Ørsted at the forefront of innovation for the clean energy transition. 

Our operating model allows us to engage across the innovation value chain from early-stage research, developing and exploring ideas, preparing and executing pilots, all the way to scaling and implementing solutions for our asset projects. With our mixed model of funding and collaboration, we can drive significant change and proactively build the energy system of the future.

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Technology Providers

Access to strategic partnerships, testing infrastructure, feasibility and pilot stipends, funding

Industry / Enabling Partners

Early access to high-potential innovation, proprietary insights, deal flow, risk and cost sharing


Our point of view

Ørsted and Newlab Announce the 5 Initial Startups That Will Pilot in the Future Energy Storage Challenge to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition
Five initial startups, industry participants, and enabling partners invited to join studio focused on building, piloting and scaling novel energy storage through cross-sector partnerships

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