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The 2020 ESA Storage Exchange — Powered by EPRI is the energy storage industry’s top technical event, bringing together project developers, technology innovators, utilities, manufacturers, safety experts and other stakeholders in an engaging environment of education and peer-to-peer idea exchange.

This year’s Storage Exchange will be held virtually from August 25-27, 2020, in conjunction with the ESA Energy Storage Conference & Expo (#ESACon20). One registration gives you access to The Storage Exchange and all #ESACon20 content. Learn more and register here.

During the event, poster presenters will also introduce their poster with a two-minute introductory video, equivalent to a “rapid-fire introduction.” This year a “poster” will be a 5-10 slide standalone PowerPoint presentation. Poster presenters will be able to share their screen and talk through the presentation during the poster session.

Poster Abstracts:

Storage Exchange presenters represent the full range of energy storage expertise, from practical implementers such as developers and integrators, to engineers to academics, DOE lab scientists to economic modelers. 

  • Have you engineered an innovative solution for Li-ion battery safety? 
  • Do you have a new valuation and insurance model to share? Does your company have a proven pilot project with interesting results? 
  • The Storage Exchange is the one event where technical experts can dive deeply into these topics and more.

Poster abstract Details:

Each poster abstract must be a short (500-word maximum) explanation of a presenter’s topic. The call for posters ended on July 7, 2020.

Session Topics

Tuesday, August 25, 2020


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. Example topics and project case studies for this session may include, but are not limited to:

  • Quantification of storage and hybrid system capacity contribution
  • Software or novel methodologies for utility planning and operation of storage to maximize system benefits and/or reduce total cost of ownership
  • Quantification of greenhouse gas emissions impacts
  • Modeling of market sensitivities (e.g. gas prices/availability, participation rules) and impact on potential storage penetration
  • Incorporating energy storage into disaster resiliency strategies
  • Modeling of long duration storage scenarios
  • Applications and value streams for transportable storage
WEDNESDAY, August 26, 2020


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. Example topics and project case studies for this session may include, but are not limited to:

  • Technical-related procurement lessons learned
  • Integrating storage with other distributed resources: solar, demand response, electric vehicles, generation
  • Controls challenges for hybrid systems
  • Commissioning, recommissioning, and decommissioning case studies
  • Utility communication, control, and cybersecurity integration
  • Evolution of codes and standards and implications on projects
  • Permitting and interconnection practices
  • Safety hazard analysis, incidents, assessments, and responses
  • Microgrids for utilities, customers, rural communities, islands, etc.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on installation, operation, procurement, or quality/quality control

THURSDAY, August 27, 2020


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. Example topics and project case studies for this session may include, but are not limited to:

  • Methodologies for assessing state of health, failure modes, and battery degradation
  • Comparison of expected storage value with actual project revenue data
  • Testing laboratory and field data on storage reliability
  • Maintenance experience, such as preventative maintenance strategy, and recommissioning requirements
  • Operational lessons learned to improve performance and reliability
  • Power conversion system advancements, including DC/DC converters
  • Battery and system management software
  • Thermal management systems
  • Non-battery technologies and key performance, reliability, and safety attributes
  • Containerization and packaging of products and projects
  • Benchmarking of energy storage components

Submission Policies

1. All content must be technical in nature and for educational purposes only. Submissions that are based upon marketing or advertisement of products or services will NOT be accepted into the program. Submissions providing credible data and other evidence will be viewed favorably.

2. Please be sure to include all authors within the proposal description.

3. The designated speaker and authors must accept full responsibility for the submission and presentation of the submission, and retain full copyright of their submission, presentation and/or full paper. By submitting, the submitter consents and authorizes the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to publish biography and submission information in any conference publications, website and events app.

4. You may continue to revise your submission up until the deadline. You will have the option to save and return to your submission; however, submissions that are left in draft form will not be reviewed.

5. Late submissions will not be considered.

6. ESA reserves the right to reject any submission for failure to comply with these guidelines. Due to the large number of submissions received for this conference, ESA is unable to provide specific feedback on those that were not accepted for the program.

7. ESA reserves the right to modify or combine submissions and to modify the speakers associated with a specific submission.

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