Agenda

Event Agenda

High-quality programming. Maximum value.

Built on the theme, Electrification and Resilience: We’re All in This Together, the agenda for The ESA Energy Storage Annual Conference & Expo (#ESACon20) is designed to provide the highest value content, from world-class experts and thought leaders, with maximum opportunity for networking and collaboration.

The agenda below features core highlights of #ESACon20 content. This content is available on demand now through December 31, 2020

SESSION TYPE
All Sessions
Keynote Sessions
Breakout Session
Learning Labs
The Storage Exchange
Featured Sessions
Topical Networking
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00
Monday
Monday
The Road Ahead
11:30 - 12:30
EDT</br>Keynote Session
Keynote Session
11:30 - 12:30

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So far, the road in 2020 has been full of surprises, a few bumps and even some detours. But the energy storage industry can look forward toan openroad ahead with enormous opportunities to expand its market. The opening session of the first virtual ESAEnergy StorageAnnual Conference & Expo (#ESACon20) will hear frompolicy makers and industry leaders who are driving the electricity industry towarda more resilient and sustainable future, moving toward 100 GW of new energy storage by 2030. The progress so far has been impressive. And if we continue on this road together, we can expect further progress through the next decade to be spectacular. #AllinthisTogether #StorageUnitesUS.

Speakers:

  • Mark W. Menezes, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA)
  • Tom Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
  • John D. Hewa, President & CEO, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

 

Hold My Beer: States Leading The Way
12:45 - 13:45
EDT<br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
12:45 - 13:45

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Despite setbacks from the current COVID-19 crisis, analysts across the globe are predicting energy storage will revolutionize many industries over the next decade and create the hottest new markets. And states are leading the way in creating policies that encourage rapid market development. So where are those opportunities in the U.S., and will they depend on a potential federal Investment Tax Credit or other incentives for stand-alone storage? Which storage services will drive the markets: capacity, grid services, microgrids and resilience, or something else? This session will feature perspectives from leading state advocates in the retail space, making their case for how their models are leading the way.

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will learn about key developments in leading U.S. markets and developments to come over the next few years as the industry strives for 35 GW of storage by 2025.
  • Attendees will gain updated insights on the applications and services that are driving the most project value today in these markets—and those likely to drive the most value in the next decade.

Speakers:

  • Dr. William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST
  • Jeremy McDiarmid, VP, Policy & Government Affairs, North East Clean Energy Council
  • Jin Noh, Senior Policy Manger, Organization California Energy Storage Alliance

Moderator:

  • Nitzan Goldberger, Director of Policy and Business Development, Borrego Solar
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Safety First
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
12:45 - 13:45

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While incidents of thermal and other operational safety events are rare, the storage industry has dramatically increased attention to health and safety measures, supported by the ESA Corporate Responsibility Initiative. This session will update the audience on the latest international and U.S. codes, standards, and industry practices to minimize the risk of operational hazards; how to identify areas of uncertainty; and how to manage any occurrences with host sites, first responders, and local communities–including deployment practices in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Learning Objectives

  • Speakers will discuss the safety risks they face, and how is the industry rising to the challenge.
  • The audience will learn the safety challenges of different applications, including behind-the-meter, front-of-meter and mobile storage.
  • Participants will gain insights on the breadth of health and safety codes, standards, and industry practices, and the increasing industry engagement in their development.

Speakers:

  • Barbara LaBarge, Global Safety and Quality Manager, Fluence
  • Dr. Jon La Follett, Energy System Integration & Storage Program Lead, Shell New Energies US LLC
  • Nicholas Alexiades, Business Development Manager, UL LLC

Moderator:

  • Matthew Paiss, Technical Advisor, Battery Materials & Systems, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

 

Trends in Energy Storage Hosted by KORE Power
13:45 - 14:15
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
13:45 - 14:15

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Energy Storage 101: Technology Basics
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $
Learning Lab
14:00 - 15:30

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Stationary energy storage systems come in numerous forms, including pumped hydropower, thermal storage, compressed air energy storage, flywheels, flow batteries, lithium-ion batteries, and solid electro-chemical battery storage systems. This session will provide a primer of the trends, applications, technologies, and integration considerations for use of energy storage by utilities, merchant generators, and end-customers.

Speakers:

  • Ben Kaun, Program Manager, Energy Storage and Distributed Generation, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Erin Minear, Technical Leader for the Energy Storage Program, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Haresh Kamath, Sr. Program Manager for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) & Energy Storage , Electric Power Research Institute
  • Mike Simpson, Senior Technical Leader for the Energy Storage Program, Electric Power Research Institute

 

Project Development 101: Contracting Best Practices
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $

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This Learning Lab will review a new Energy Storage Best Practice Guideto Project Contracting by the Advancing Contracting in Energy Storage (ACES) Working Group. ACES is an independent industry-led and -funded effort founded to develop a best practice guide for the energy storage project development community.Come hear the answers to the Guide’s drivingquestion:What do you need to do your job better,faster,and cheaper?

Speakers:

  • William Holmes, Partner, K&L Gates
  • Chandrasekar Govindarajalu, Lead Energy Specialist, Energy Climate Finance, The World Bank
  • Richard Baxter, President, Mustang Prairie Energy
  • Robert Fleishman, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

 

Promoting Women and Building Careers in Energy Hosted by Key Capture Energy
14:30 - 15:00
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
14:30 - 15:00

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Hosted by Key Capture Energy, join this discussion on promoting the careers for women in energy storage, from current job openings to educational programs to career paths.

 

Microgrids and Energy Storage Hosted by Black & Veatch and Shell New Energies US LLC
15:30 - 16:00
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
15:30 - 16:00

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Hosted by Black & Veatch and Shell, join this discussion on enhancing proven microgrid components with the flexibility of energy storage to turn electricity demand into a strategic business asset.

 

StoragePLUS Everything
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
15:45 - 16:45

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StoragePLUS wind, storagePLUS solar, storagePLUS natural gas, storagePLUS microgrid resources. In the coming the decade of energy storage, these resources will be paired in new ways, for new applications, bringing flexibility and added value to the grid. This panel will explore various configurations for storage paired with diverse resources, the business cases of each, and the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Learning Objectives

  • Panelists will discuss key technical and commercial considerations for integrating energy storage with various resource types.
  • Attendees will gain insights into specific case studies of real-world projects, including the gains, challenges and surprises encountered in hybridizing resources with storage.

Speakers:

  • Amelie Wulff, Integrated Solutions Global Sales Leader, Renewable Hybrid, GE Renewable Energy
  • Andy Tang, VP, Energy Storage and Optimisation, Wärtsilä
  • Christine Grey, Head of Hybrid & Storage Systems, Americas, Siemens Gamesa

Moderator:

  • Rob Gramlich, Founder and President, Grid Strategies LLC

 

Global Supply Chain: Trade & Policy
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
15:45 - 16:45

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China tariffs. Supply delays. Manufacturer safety tests. New entrants…and now potential import bans on equipment deemed critical for grid security.  Supply chains serving two hot growth markets—stationary and mobile storage—are facing both unexpected challenges and opportunities these days. While both U.S. stationary energy storage projects and battery electric vehicle sales slowed due to Coronavirus, the impacts have been uneven, are occurring over different time scales, and will play out differently in the future.

Learning Objectives

  • Speakers will present the most current information on the ramifications of COVID-19 to the global supply chains and what that means for project delays and costs.
  • Attendees will gain insights about how evolving U.S. trade and national security policies are affecting supply chains, and what to expect in the coming years.
  • The panel will discuss how supplier countries are responding to U.S. policy, and what that means for the availability and cost of batteries for stationary projects.

Speakers:

  • Andy Klump, Founder and CEO, Clean Energy Associates
  • Bernd Janzen, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
  • Zolaikha Strong, Director, Energy Policy & Electrical Markets, Copper Alliance

Moderator:

  • Dan Finn-Foley, Head of Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables

 

SESSION TYPE
All Sessions
Keynote Sessions
Breakout Session
Learning Labs
The Storage Exchange
Featured Sessions
Topical Networking
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00
Tuesday
Tuesday
Storage as the Hub for Implementers
11:30 - 12:30
EDT</br>Keynote Session
Keynote Session
11:30 - 12:30

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Energy storage and clean generation are increasingly being deployed on their own or coupled with other resources to modernize and decarbonize the U.S. electric grid, with a vision to incorporate energy storage to ensure resilience, efficiency, sustainability and ultimately affordability for consumers. We will hear from the leaders of major companies implementing a range of projects across the U.S.and globally, including: storagePLUS solar, storagePLUS wind, storagePLUS natural gas, and community storage businesses.

Speakers:

  • Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun
  • Barnaby Olson, CEO and Co-Founder, Able Grid
  • Mike Bowman, Chief Technology Officer, Renewable Hybrids, GE Renewable Energy
  • Manuel Pérez Dubuc, President and CEO, Fluence

Moderator:

  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler , Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
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Eaton Experience Center Site Tour Hosted by Eaton
12:30 - 13:00
EDT</br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
12:30 - 13:00

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Hosted by Eaton, experience a virtual tour of their Experience Center which includes a training and demonstration environment for complete power management solutions from generation to end use.

 

Staying Power: Storage for Resilience
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
12:45 - 13:45

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Whether from hurricanes, wildfires, floods or cyber attacks, natural and man-made disasters that affect the grid are stimulating demand across the U.S. for energy storage to help provide backup and infrastructure resilience. What are the new hybrid project combinations and products, and how are these pilots performing? How will increased interest in microgrids to promote resilience lead to more demand for energy storage?  This session will include experienced developer perspectives on what it takes to ensure resilience and where the markets may go.

Learning Objectives:

  • Speakers will explore the definition of resilience as it is viewed by the client, developer, policymaker, and utility/grid operator.
  • Attendees will see performance results from large operating projects (or project aggregations).
  • Attendees will learn different perspectives on current and future resilience-focused purchasing and deployment trends.

Speakers:

  • Andrew Foukal, CEO, East Point Energy
  • Michael Maiello, Vice President, Energy Storage Systems, Schneider Electric
  • Zachary Kuznar, Managing Director, CHP, Energy Storage and Microgrid Development, Duke Energy

Moderator:

  • Helen Kou, Analyst, Decentralized Energy and Utility Strategy, BloombergNEF
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The Playbook: Maximizing Value, Minimizing Risk
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
12:45 - 13:45

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How do you develop a successful deal that stands the test of time in rapidly changing energy markets? How are the financiers looking at value and risk on a multi-decade asset, while regulatory frameworks continue to evolve? What are some of the most innovative new insurance and performance guarantee products? How have contracts accommodated delays in project completion due to the global pandemic? This session will feature speakers who focus on striking a balance the near- and long-term considerations to maximize value and minimize risk.

Learning Objectives

  • Speakers will identify the top value and risk factors in today’s projects, and which are most likely to seal or kill a deal.
  • Attendees will learn what utilities are considering when deciding on storage projects—what utilities consider valuable and how they can best manage risk.
  • The audience will hear about the range of finance and investment attitudes towards project risk and value over time and how they manage for them.

Speakers:

  • Harvey Braswell, Principal Engineer, ESS Head, VDE Americas
  • Jacqueline DeRosa, Vice President of Energy Storage, Ameresco
  • Jay Goldin, Vice President of Green Tech Solutions, Munich Re America

Moderator:

  • Elias Hinckley, Partner, K&L Gates

 

Advances in Long Duration Storage Solutions Hosted by Lockheed Martin
13:45 - 14:15
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
13:45 - 14:15

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Hosted by Lockheed Martin, join this discussion on the advances being made in long duration storage solutions from increasing investment to the technologies leading the pack.

 

Energy Storage 201: Market Basics
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $
Learning Lab
14:00 - 15:30

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During this special workshop, get insights into the key market opportunities for energy storage resources in the U.S. This Learning Lab continues a basic education on energy storage, focusing on U.S. markets and services. This workshop builds on the information presented in the Energy Storage101 workshop, but also stands alone as an in-depth session on U.S. markets and business models for energy storage. Facilitators will explain the market participation models in the seven U.S. organized wholesale (ISO) markets as well as describe important developments at the federal and state level. Material will cover market design features for in front of the meter and behind the meter resources, as well as for distributed energy resources (DERs). Presenters will explore case studies including multiple use applications and hybrid resources and their implications on the value proposition of energy storage.

Speakers:

  • John Fernandes, Senior Consultant –Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions
  • Michael Berlinski, Director –Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions
  • Patrick Shoop, Senior Consultant –Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions
  • Tony Abate, Senior Consultant –Emerging Technologies, Customized Energy Solutions

 

Intelligent Energy Storage: Advanced Lead Batteries
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab - All Attendees Welcome
Learning Lab
14:00 - 15:30

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The vast growth in global demand for energy storage is fueling the need for innovative batteries. The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) will hold a lead battery Learning Lab outlining the role of lead batteries, the cutting-edge research and innovation in the technology, and its benefits for a wide range of energy storage applications such as frequency regulation, microgrids and peak shaving/smoothing. CBI will showcase technical case studies from installations across the globe where advanced lead batteries are providing reliable, sustainable, safe, cost-effective and high-performing energy storage. CBl’s new online energy storage tool, CBI Battery Match will be launched at the event, a tool which will enable end-users such as utility companies and system integrators to determine which lead batteries are best suited for their energy storage needs. Speakers will include Dr Alistair Davidson (CBI), Dr Matt Raiford (CBI), Angie Rolufs (Paragon Business Solutions) and Dr Frank Fleming (EAI Grid Storage Incorporated).During this session the audience will:

During this session the audience will:

  • Gain an understanding of advanced lead batteries, the applications in which they are used, and the benefits they offer
  • Discuss a range of case studies for utility and energy storage applications utilizing advanced lead batteries
  • Learn about CBI’s new energy storage tool, CBI Battery Match, that compares a range of lead batteries for energy storage projects, and directly connects utility and renewable companies with the right lead battery for their project

Speakers:

  • Angela B. Rolufs, Vice President for Strategic Energy Initiatives, Paragon Business Solutions, Inc.
  • Dr Alistair Davidson, Director, Consortium for Battery Innovation
  • Dr Frank A. Fleming, Business Development, EAI Grid Storage Incorporated
  • Dr Matthew Raiford, Manager, Consortium for Battery Innovation

 

Preventing Thermal Events with Early Detection – A Safety First Approach: Hosted by Li-ion Tamer
14:15 - 14:45
EDT</br>Featured Session
Featured Session
14:15 - 14:45

In this 30-minute presentation moderated by Randall Stacy, we will compare and contrast the three recent incident reports and possible applications for Li-Ion Tamer. Details will be covered by Stephen Cummings and Nick Warner on how off-gas detection and environmental sensing can be used to prevent Energy Storage System fires. Also, our perspective on how to optimize situational awareness to provide for the needs of the local fire service and emergency response teams.

Speakers:

  • Nick Warner, CoFounder, Principal, Energy Storage Response Group
  • Randy Stacy, CCO & Managing Partner, Li-Ion Tamer
  • Steve Cummings, Director, Sensors Business Unit,Nexceris

 

Energy at the Top: Leaders Discuss the Future of Clean Energy Hosted by the U.S. Energy Storage Association
14:30 - 15:00
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
14:30 - 15:00

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Hosted by the U.S. Energy Storage Association, join the leaders of national clean energy organizations as they do a "lightning round" discussion of their vision for a clean energy future, and how together we can achieve a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electric grid.

Speakers:

  • Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN)
  • Julia Hamm, CEO & President, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
  • Abby Hopper, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)
  • Tom Kiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
  • Heather Reams, Executive Director, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES)
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA)

 

 

North American ESS Market Trends, Executed Brought to you by Powin
15:00 - 15:30
EDT<br>Featured Session
Featured Session
15:00 - 15:30

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With many up and coming markets where projects have been executed, Powinwill present market trends and insights for the Ontario GA, ERCOT FRRS and the CAISO market, as well as project use case and performance related data about operating projects in those markets.

Speakers:

  • Chris McKissack, CEO, Glidepath Power Solutions
  • Jan Jacobson, VP of Business Development, Powin
  • Moe Hajabed, CEO, Policy, Aypa (formerly NRStor)

 

Diversity, Inclusion and Fairness in the Workplace Hosted by Sungrow
15:30 - 16:00
EDT<br>Topical Networking

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Hosted by Sungrow Power Supply Company, join this discussion on ways companies are renewing their focus on diversity, inclusion and fairness in the workplace, and the impact on our professional communities.

 

Storage Exchange: Valuation and Grid Impact Analysis
15:30 - 17:00
EDT<br>Storage Exchange
The Storage Exchange
15:30 - 17:00

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This session will cover the quantification of benefits and costs and impacts to the electric system for energy storage. It will especially focus on the incorporation of storage valuation into project design, controls, planning and operations of electric utilities system operators, and customer value.

Speakers:

  • Jeremy Twitchell, Energy Research Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Marc Chupka, VP, Research and Programs, ESA

Posters and presenters:

  • Reliability from Storage: Size, Duration, and Economic Tradeoffs - Miles Evans, EPRI
  • Energy Storage Analysis for Utility Planning – Methodologies, Results, and Lessons Learned - Suma Jothibasu, EPRI
  • A Holistic Approach to Modeling Long and Short Duration Energy Storage in a Vertically Integrated Utility - Jamie Hussman, Highview
  • Integration of Energy Storage with Solar PV for Demand Response in Urban Areas - Vennela Yadhati, NYPA
  • Identifying a Participation Model for Dual-Use Energy Storage - Jeremy Twitchell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Methodology for Siting and Sizing Energy Storage systems - Abhishek Thurumalla, Quanta Technology
  • Storage Ownership Models and Energy Policy Goals: Finding the Nexus Points - Will McNamara, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Utility Solar plus Storage Microgrid for Resiliency – Southern California Edison Experience - Jorge Araiza, Southern California Edison
  • Battery Energy Storage Systems for Transmission & Distribution Upgrade Deferral: Opportunities, Challenges and Feasibility in the US Electricity Sector - Sashwat Roy, University of Delaware
  • Stopping curtailment: designing for explosive growth in utility-scale storage and making sure it doesn’t go to waste - Risto Paldanius, Wartsila
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Global Supply Chains: Ethics & Economics
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
15:45 - 16:45

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Dealing with availability and cost of materials for battery storage systems is normal course of business. Today, manufacturers are facing emerging issues such as responsible sourcing of rare earth minerals and designing for efficient reuse and recycling. As the global supply chains for both stationary and mobile storage ready for recovery and restoration of demand from the impacts of COVID-19, an increased focus on safety and our environment have presented the industry with an opportunity to re-examine its global supply chain strategies.  What in the world is happening now on upstream mining and mid-stream supply trends for the next few years, and how will it affect your projects?

Learning Objectives

  • Panelists will present upstream mining and mid-stream supply trends affecting global stationary storage production.
  • Speakers will relate how mid-stream manufacturers respond to downstream pressures for better and cheaper batteries, while minimizing the social and environmental burdens imposed by upstream raw materials mining and processing.
  • Attendees will gain insights as to how the global electric transportation supply chain and markets have been affected by COVID, what that means for the availability and cost of batteries for stationary projects, and for how long.
  • Attendees will learn about new initiatives and programs to shift supply chains and adjust production to limit the environmental and social impacts of rapidly increasing demand for battery storage in transportation and stationary applications.

Speakers:

  • Peter Gibson, VP Energy Storage, LG Chem
  • Paul Wormser, Vice President, Technology, Clean Energy Associates
  • Sam Jaffe, Managing Director, Cairn Energy Research Advisors

Moderator:

  • Yayoi Sekine, Energy Storage Lead, Bloomberg NEF
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Beyond Li-Ion: Going the Distance with Long Duration Technologies
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
15:45 - 16:45

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This panel will discuss the market potential for long duration technologies, and the characteristics needed to compete and win deals.

Even though COVID-19 shifted some 2020’s transportation-oriented Lithium-ion battery supplies toward stationary storage uses, this past year saw important strides in the technologies outside the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery market, with increased focus on longer duration storage applications, new projects announced or coming online and new business models forming. This three-part session will delve into real-world experience and what looks promising on the horizon among non-Li-ion batteries, mechanical storage, thermal storage, and power to gas (P2G) storage options in a post-COVID world. Of the many innovative options entering the markets, these sessions will focus on several approaches, with other technologies beyond Li-Ion Batteries featured throughout the show.  Make sure to catch additional LiveStream webcasts from other providers at #ESACon20 LIVE, too.

Learning Objectives:

  • The audience will learn about current pricing and performance characteristics of the most viable and commercially-tested non-Li-ion battery approaches.
  • Panelists will deliberate Covid-19 market ramifications and impacts on the deployment of these non-Li-ion-battery solutions.
  • Attendees will hear specific policy solutions that could further deploy these non-li-ion technologies in U.S. and international markets.

Speakers:

  • Katherine Peretick, Commercial Manager, Hydrostor Inc.
  • Ramya Swaminathan, Chief Executive Officer, Malta, Inc.
  • Balki Iyer, Chief Commercial Officer, Eos Energy Storage
  • Salvatore Minopoli, Vice President, Highview Power USA

Moderator:

  • Jason Burwen, VP, Policy, ESA

 

SESSION TYPE
All Sessions
Keynote Sessions
Breakout Session
Learning Labs
The Storage Exchange
Featured Sessions
Topical Networking
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00
Wednesday
Wednesday
Storage as the Hub for Utilities
11:30 - 12:30
EDT</br>Keynote Session
Keynote Session
11:30 - 12:30

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The emergence of energy storage has enabled utilities to consider a range of new solutions to grid reliability and resilience issues today. It has also provided a powerful tool in support of policy goals for greenhouse gas reductions in the long term. Leading utilities share how they are putting storage into practice now and what advancement and adaptation is still needed for energy storage to receive a similar level of acceptance as other “utility grade” assets, such as poles, wires, and transformers.

Speakers:

  • Carla Peterman, Vice President of Strategy & Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
  • Douglas Esamann, Executive Vice President, Energy Solutions, Duke Energy
  • Gil C. Quiniones, President and CEO, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Moderator:

  • Arshad Mansoor, President, EPRI

 

Contracting: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
12:45 - 13:45

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So you’re looking to get into energy storage, but the terms and conditions offered seem quite different than the structures you’ve become familiar with while executing solar, wind, or gas project deals? Or your existing storage business is growing, and you’re looking for insights on future contracting trends? Or maybe you’re dealing with unexpected delays due to a public health emergency or natural disaster. The risk landscape for signing deals is changing, even as you’re building out contractual standardization. This session will feature insights from legal experts, buyers, and developers with experience in the finer contract details you’ll need for that deal you’re hunting this week.

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will learn how storage contracts differ from other resources, how storage hybrid projects are changing the nature of contract negotiation compared to stand-alone storage projects, and how to best engage these potential technology partners.
  • Attendees will hear about what new trends in contracting might expedite projects or are emerging as sticking points, and which of these features are becoming normalized and consistent, including as a result of recent COVID-related disruptions.
  • Developers will learn whether and how project contracts can be renegotiated over time as dramatically new policy, technology, and market factors emerge.

Speaker:

  • Howard Chang, Chief Operating Officer, East Bay Community Energy
  • Joshua Rogol, SVP, Storage, Strata Solar
  • Keith Martin, Co-Head of Projects, United States, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Moderator:

  • Julie Blunden, Board Chair, New Energy Nexus Catalyst
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Looking Ahead to Global Markets
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
12:45 - 13:45

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Europe is moving ahead with considerations of an EU “Green Deal” as well as new storage-related sustainability initiatives, but what market opportunities—and challenges—could those create for American companies investing there? In the Canadian electricity markets, what are the services and legal frameworks for viable storage projects? Which countries are responding to economic downturn with recovery efforts that include energy storage? As global markets move forward with energy storage deployment and sustainability policies, which markets are best poised for leadership across the value chain?

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will learn which overseas markets are on the horizon and which face challenges in the coming few years.
  • Attendees will learn about new EU “Green Deal” rules and how they may affect the success of American investments in European markets.
  • The audience will also learn how Canadian market rules will define eligible services from storage and, as a result, how to structure Canadian contracts.

Speakers:

  • Judith DelZoppo Pryor, Director, EXIM
  • Justin Rangooni, Executive Director, Energy Storage Canada
  • Patrick Clerens, EASE Secretary General, EASE – The European Association for Storage of Energy
  • Xinjing Zhang, PhD, Professor, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Moderator:

  • Andy Colthorpe, Editor, Energy Storage News
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Creating Beneficial Partnerships to Boost your Business Hosted by Eos Energy Storage
13:45 - 14:15
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
13:45 - 14:15

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Hosted by Eos Energy Storage, join this discussion on how you can create beneficial partnerships to boost your business, from initial development to long-term cultivation and navigating change.

 

Energy Storage Grand Challenge
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $
Learning Lab
14:00 - 15:30

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PRESENTED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)
Energy Storage Grand Challenge

The vision for the Energy Storage Grand Challenge is to create and sustain global leadership in energy storage utilization and exports, with a secure domestic manufacturing supply chain that does not depend on foreign sources of critical materials. Leveraging resource from across all of the Energy Department, the Grand Challenge will accelerate the development and commercialization of next-generation energy storage technologies. Currently, DOE is requesting information on five key areas of the Draft Roadmap, which provides planned activities for each of the ESGC five tracks:•The Technology Development Track will focus DOE’s ongoing and future energy storage R&D around user centric goals and long-term leadership.•The Manufacturing and Supply Chain Track will develop technologies, approaches, and strategies for U.S. manufacturing that support and strengthen U.S. leadership in innovation and continued at-scale manufacturing.•The Technology Transition Track will work to ensure that DOE’s R&D transitions to domestic markets through field validation, demonstration projects, public private partnerships, bankable business model development, and the dissemination of high quality market data.•The Policy and Valuation Track will provide data, tools, and analysis to support policy decisions and maximize the value of energy storage.•The Workforce Development Track will educate the workforce, who can then research develop, design, manufacture, and operate energy storage systems.Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy will give a deep dive into the Grand Challenge, the Draft Roadmap, and what it all means for the energy storage industry as a whole.

Speaker:

  • Alejandro Moreno, Director of Hydropower and Marine Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Diana Bauer, Senior Technical Manager for Strategy, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Eric Hsieh, Director of Grid Systems and Components, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Stephen Hendrickson, Program Manager, Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy

 

New Energy Storage Innovation Brought to you by Highview and Black & Veatch
14:15 - 14:45
EDT<br>Featured Session
Featured Session
14:15 - 14:45

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From the first Liquid Air Long Duration Energy Storage System in the United States to theemerging technologies are transforming the energy landscape., three leading thought leaders in the field willdiscuss where the market is and where it will go next.

Speakers:

  • Frank Jakob, Technology Manager- Energy Storage, Black & Veatch
  • Dr. Javier Cavada, President and CEO, Highview Power

Moderator:

  • David Hunt, CEO and Founder, Hyperion Executive Search
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Fitting Energy Storage into Your Renewable Portfolio Hosted by Fluence
14:30 - 15:00
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
14:30 - 15:00

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Hosted by Fluence, join this discussion on how storagePLUS wind, solar, hydro and other renewable configurations can enhance your generation portfolio..

 

Behind-the-Meter Storage Strategies Hosted by LS Energy Solutions
15:30 - 16:00
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
15:30 - 16:00

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Hosted by LS Energy Solutions, join this discussion on maximizing efficiency, resilience and profitability with behind-the-meter storage strategies

 

Storage Exchange: Deployment and Field Experience
15:30 - 17:00
EDT</br>The Storage Exchange

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This session will cover topics related to project developer, utility, and end customer experiences with energy storage throughout the project lifecycle. Speakers will share challenges, lessons learned and best practices in real world projects.

Speakers:

  • Erin Minear, Technical Leader for the Energy Storage Program, Electric Power Research Institute

Posters and presenters:

  • Energy Storage Safety Evaluations: Lessons from Real-world Systems - Mike Simpson, EPRI
  • Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment for Li-ion battery Energy Storage Systems - Yike Hu, Exponent
  • Highly Automated Operation of Energy Storage Research Center during COVID-19 - Dagmar Becker, Southern Research
  • Improving ESS Battery Design and Deployment to Optimize Recycling - Mike Bax, Call2Recycle
  • How Adaptation and Communication Created an ERCOT Success Story - Taylor Quarles, Key Capture Energy
  • Energy Storage Decommissioning: Lessons Learned and Future Considerations - Dave Mauer, Renewance
  • Sol Lux Alpha: Multifamily Nanogrid in San Francisco - John Sarter, Off the Grid Design
  • Complying with NFPA 855 in the Energy Storage Market - Jody Leber, CSA Group
  • No Money Down Microgrids – How Performance Contracting is Driving Microgrid Deployments With The Federal Government - Krystian Nowak, Ameresco
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Electric Pit Crew: Building EV Infrastructure
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
15:45 - 16:45

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Energy storage and electric mobility: a match made for grid and climate policy heaven. But COVID-19 has dramatically disrupted this year’s EV supply chains and deployments, and market-watchers need updated insights from the experts on how this disruption interacts with the stationary grid storage supply chain. When will the electric transportation space will resume its dynamic pre-COVID growth? And how will EV and grid infrastructure planning converge? This session will explore how electric transportation—from passenger, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to marine applications—are using stationary and mobile storage to benefit end-use customers, rideshare providers, climate policies, and even grid operators.

Learning Objectives

  • Speakers will describe how electric transportation and energy storage are being used together and with what stakeholder benefits.
  • Attendees will discover new market opportunities for projects.
  • The audience will learn about the interplay between EV and grid infrastructure

Speakers:

  • Gwen Mizell, VP, Sustainability and Electrification, Ameren
  • Matt von Ruden, Director of Vessels, Washington State Dept of Transportation, Washington State Ferries
  • Sara Rafalson, Senior Director of Market Development, EVgo

Moderator:

  • Kellen Schefter, Director, Electric Transportation, Edison Electric Institute

 

Beyond Li-Ion: Early Adopters of New Technology
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
15:45 - 16:45

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Panelists will discuss opportunities and challenges of advancing new technologies with early adoption customers.

Even though COVID-19 shifted some 2020’s transportation-oriented Lithium-ion battery supplies toward stationary storage uses, this past year saw important strides in the technologies outside the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery market, with increased focus on longer duration storage applications, new projects announced or coming online and new business models forming. This three-part session will delve into real-world experience and what looks promising on the horizon among non-Li-ion batteries, mechanical storage, thermal storage, and power to gas (P2G) storage options in a post-COVID world. Of the many innovative options entering the markets, these sessions will focus on several approaches, with other technologies beyond Li-Ion Batteries featured throughout the show.  Make sure to catch additional LiveStream webcasts from other providers at #ESACon20 LIVE, too.

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will learn about current pricing and performance characteristics of the most viable and commercially-tested non-Li-ion battery approaches.
  • Panelists will deliberate Covid-19 market ramifications and impacts on the deployment of these non-Li-ion-battery solutions.
  • Attendees will hear specific policy solutions that could further deploy these non-li-ion technologies in U.S. and international markets.

Speaker:

  • Collin Coker, VP Sales & Marketing, Viking Cold Solutions, Inc.
  • Sandra Laura Chavez Velazquez, Consultant, World Bank
  • William R.Sproull, Vice President, Business Development, ESS, Inc.

Moderator:

  • Jasmine Romano, Marketing Manager, Energy Storage, Energy Supply, and Grid Services, Trane
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The New Consumers
11:30 - 12:30
EDT</br>Keynote Session
Keynote Session
11:30 - 12:30

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Energy storage can be an enabling technology for commercial and industrial energy consumers with established environmental, electrification and resilience goals. Leaders of major companies with their own climate and renewable energy targets will gather during this keynote session to highlight their vision for a cleaner world, how this is impacting their energy procurement practices, and how the storage industry can help to evolve its products and services by integrating these new perspectives and objectives.

Speakers:

  • Adam Kramer, EVP of Strategy, Switch
  • Antonio Villagomez, Senior Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Walmart
  • Brandon Middaugh, Director, Climate Innovation Fund, Microsoft
  • Maud Texier, Carbon Free Energy Lead, Google

Moderator:

  • Miranda Ballentine, CEO, Renewable Energy Buyers Association (REBA)

 

Eaton Experience Center Site Tour Hosted by Eaton
12:30 - 13:00
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
12:30 - 13:00

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Hosted by Eaton, experience a virtual tour of their Experience Center which includes a demonstration environment to experience complete power management solutions from generation to receptacle.

 

Life After Life: Recycle and Reuse
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
12:45 - 13:45

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Thanks to electric vehicle growth, battery suppliers and users are beginning to confront issues related to recycling, reuse, and waste management of spent Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. But will new practices and standards addressing the entire lifecycle of batteries divert spent batteries into environmentally sound management paths? What are the new rules and certifications, which federal or state rules are issuing them, who is responsible, and where is the market seeing the most innovative practices? This session will cover the entire lifecycle of batteries, from raw material sourcing and supply chain production to use and reuse, transport, recycling and disposal.

Learning Objectives

  • This session will present the most current recycling and waste disposal rules, the authorities who are developing and issuing them, how they establish responsibility and where in the market are we seeing the most innovative practices.
  • Panelists will identify gaps or areas “in development” for project developers’ and investors’ awareness.
  • Attendees will learn about the leading initiatives in the reuse and recycling space and where to find more information to access or participate in them.

Speakers:

  • Jeff Spangenberger, Director, ReCell Center, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Kunal Phalpher, Chief Commercial Officer, Li-Cycle Corp.
  • Lauren Roman, Business Development Director -Metals & Minerals Ecosystems, Everledger

Moderator:

  • Marc Chupka, VP, Research and Programs, ESA

 

DERs for Grid Optimization
12:45 - 13:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
12:45 - 13:45

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Theoretical case studies abound for how customer-sited storage, electric transportation, and other Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) can help optimize grids and improve resilience, in addition to providing energy management value to a host site. But where are the real-world examples, how are policymakers using them, and what is needed to expand these grid-hardening benefits?

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will hear about the performance of specific DER aggregation projects and their benefits to the customer, state, and grid.
  • Attendees will learn whether policymakers are embracing DERs for grid optimization strategies, and if not, what is needed to educate and persuade them.
  • Participants will also learn what policy mechanisms are still evolving that can support DER investments, and how long those rules may take.

Speakers:

  • Ted Ko, Policy Director, Stem Inc.
  • Dr. Kelli Joseph, Director, Markets and Regulatory Policy , Clearway Energy Group
  • Catherine Von Burg, CEO and Co-Founder, SimpliPhi Power, Inc.

Moderator:

  • Mike Voll, Global Sector Leader, Smart Technologies, StanTec Consulting
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Supply Chain Issues and Strategies Hosted by Powin Energy
13:45 - 14:15
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
13:45 - 14:15

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Hosted by Powin Energy, join this discussion on issues, strategies, and opportunities for the energy storage supply chain in the era of COVID-19 and beyond.

 

The Next Decade of U.S. Energy Markets
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $
Learning Lab
14:00 - 15:30

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Why is energy storage so revolutionary? This Learning Lab, led by renowned energy markets reporter Peter Kelly-Detwiler, will discuss the impacts of the rapid growth of renewables, the role of low-priced natural gas in setting prices, the challenges ahead for new and existing generation, and why the stage is set for the dramatic growth of storage.This Learning Lab will offer actionable insights to private and public-sector leaders in business development, finance, marketing, or policy roles, in addition to offering the “big picture” of the decade ahead to those who may be new to the energy or energy storage industry.

Speaker:

  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

 

De-risking Energy Storage: System Safety & Preparing for Operational Hazards
14:00 - 15:30
EDT</br>Learning Lab $
Learning Lab
14:00 - 15:30

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The U.S. energy storage industry has worked with safety and standards practitioners for years to develop a holistic and comprehensive body of codes, standards, and guidelines to minimize the risk of hazards and thermal events and manage any occurrences. Under its new industry-wide Corporate Responsibility Initiative, ESA’s frequent member dialogues have resulted in lessons-learned sharing of risk mitigation practicesand several important ESA white papers and templates for energy storage safety and decommissioning, end-of-life, and recycling practices. This Learning Lab, hosted by the Energy Storage Response Group, will present how to plan for and address whole lifecycle safety in ESS from planning to deployment, through end of life.

Speakers:

  • Nick Warner, CoFounder, Principal, Energy Storage Response Group
  • Ryan Franks, Business Manager, Energy Storage Response Group Association
  • Thomas Bensen, CoFounder, Principal, Energy Storage Response Group

 

A Real-World Example of the Benefits of AC-Coupled Solar Plus Storage Brought to you by Dynapower and SMA
14:15 - 14:45
EDT<br>Featured Session
Featured Session
14:15 - 14:45

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To examine the installation, configuration and benefits of an AC-couple solar plus storage solution, Dynapower and SMA will details a case study of an installation of a combined SMA/Dynapower solution with Today’s Power in Arkansas.

Speakers:

  • Brett Henning, Product Manager, Commercial Solutions, SMA
  • Corrie Austin, Key Account Manager, Dynapower
  • Keaghan Economon, Manager of Operation, Today’s Powe

 

Pumped Storage Hydro Markets Hosted by National Hydropower Association
14:30 - 15:00
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
14:30 - 15:00

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Pumped storage hydropower is providing more than 95% of today's energy storage. Hosted by the National Hydropower Association, join a discussion on the latest in technology, how it complements other storage technologies, and what developers are planning.

 

Conducting Storage Business in the New Normal Hosted by Ameresco
15:30 - 16:00
EDT<br>Topical Networking
Topical Networking
15:30 - 16:00

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Hosted by Ameresco, join a discussion on navigating the short-term and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the energy storage industry, from increased infrastructure investment to project delays and legislative impacts.

 

Storage Exchange: Performance, Reliability, and Technology Advancements
15:30 - 17:00
EDT</br>The Storage Exchange
The Storage Exchange
15:30 - 17:00

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This session will cover topics related to the performance and reliability of storage installations, as well as technology advancements, either being implemented or coming soon. Speakers will discuss how they approach performance and reliability and what technology advancements will help move the industry forward.

Speakers:

  • Haresh Kamath, Sr. ProgramManager for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) & Energy Storage, Electric Power Research Institute

Posters and presenters:

  • Today, solid state batteries are powering microgrids and thousands of electric vehicles worldwide - Adrian Tylim, Blue Solutions
  • Low-cost Long Duration Energy Storage using a CO2-based Cycle - Timothy Held, Echogen Power Systems
  • Findings and Data from Field Tests of Modular Flow Batteries - Morgan Smith, EPRI
  • Understanding How Testing Conditions Affect Hazard Quantification in Lithium-Ion Battery Abuse Tests - James Vickery, Exponent
  • Preparing for the 24/7 Renewables Challenge with Comprehensive Modeling - Mert Geveci, Malta
  • Beyond Batteries; Technology, Market, and Economic Synergies and Challenges when Integrating Long Duration Energy Storage with Thermal Power Generation, - Briggs White, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Second-Life Electric Vehicle Battery Energy Storage Systems: Tests, Experiences and Opportunities - Paul Leufkens, Southern Research
  • Neighborhood Grid: Redesigning our Electrical Grid from the Bottoms Up - Deidre Yiu, SunRun
  • UL 9540 2nd edition: Filling in the Gaps on Energy Storage Safety - Laurie Florence, UL
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Beyond Li-Ion: Renewable Fuels as Storage
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Breakout Session
15:45 - 16:45

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Panelists will discuss the prospects for power to gas, and the impacts it may have on other storage technologies.

Even though COVID-19 shifted some 2020’s transportation-oriented Lithium-ion battery supplies toward stationary storage uses, this past year saw important strides in the technologies outside the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery market, with increased focus on longer duration storage applications, new projects announced or coming online and new business models forming. This three-part session will delve into real-world experience and what looks promising on the horizon among non-Li-ion batteries, mechanical storage, thermal storage, and power to gas (P2G) storage options in a post-COVID world. Of the many innovative options entering the markets, these sessions will focus on several approaches, with other technologies beyond Li-Ion Batteries featured throughout the show.  Make sure to catch additional LiveStream webcasts from other providers at #ESACon20 LIVE, too.

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will learn about current pricing and performance characteristics of the most viable and commercially-tested non-Li-ion battery approaches.
  • Panelists will deliberate Covid-19 market ramifications and impacts on the deployment of these non-Li-ion-battery solutions.
  • Attendees will hear specific policy solutions that could further deploy these non-li-ion technologies in U.S. and international markets.

Speakers:

  • Ashkan Nassiri, Electrical Engineer, Integrated Resource Implementation, LADWP
  • Dr. Derek Wissmiller, R&D Engineering Manager, Gas Technology Institute
  • Laura Nelson, Executive Director, Green Hydrogen Coalition

Moderator:

  • Jeff St. John, Senior Editor, Grid Edge, Greentech Media
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Electrification at Scale, with Equity
15:45 - 16:45
EDT</br>Breakout Session
Keynote Session
15:45 - 16:45

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Meeting decarbonization targets requires electrification at a scale that must include and support every customer in adopting and utilizing the technologies that will enable this transition.Discuss with our expert panel the critical actions necessary to electrify and to decarbonize our buildings, transportation systems, and industries while evolving a grid that will support these new loads and customers.

Speakers:

  • Haresh Kamath, Sr. Program Manager for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) & Energy Storage, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Britta K. Gross, Managing Director, Mobility, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Nancy Sutley, Sr. Assistant General Manager of External & Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)

Moderator:

  • Mark Duvall, Director, Electrification and Customer Solutions, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
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