Learning Labs

Learning Labs

In-depth education. Limited seats.

Adding Learning Labs to your pass gets you access to an additional 10+ hours of in-depth education that is tailored to fit the broad needs of your company.

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Presented by Electric Power Research Institute

Energy Storage 101: Technology Basics

Perfect for those new to the industry, new to your company or needing a refresher

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.

Presented by Customized Energy Solutions

Energy Storage 201: Market Basics

Key for those who need to understand the key market opportunities in the U.S.

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.

Presented by the Consortium for Battery Innovation

Intelligent Energy Storage: Advanced Lead Batteries

Important for those looking to understand the innovative benefits of lead batteries

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.


Presented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Energy Storage Grand Challenge In-Depth

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.

Presented by Peter Kelly-Detwiler, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

The Next Decade of U.S. Energy Markets

Essential for private and public-leaders in business development, finance, marketing or policy roles

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.

Presented by Energy Storage Response Group

De-risking Energy Storage: System Safety & Preparing for Operational Hazards

Critical to understanding whole lifecycle safety for energy storage systems

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 practices and 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.

Organized by the Advanced Contracting in Energy Storage (ACES) working group

Project Development 101: Contracting Best Practices

This Learning Lab will review a new Energy Storage Best Practice Guide to 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 driving question: What do you need to do your job better, faster, and cheaper?

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