Discussion And Viewing Of Videos On The Topic Of Energy Storage
Advances in energy storage continues to improve the performance and capabilities of numerous products from automobiles to cell phones. In todays meeting we will view some videos on this topic and follow it up with some discussion.
Please join us for this interesting interactive session.
Rechargable batteries are used in many places as the power supply of choice. In this presentation Bert McMahon will provide an overview of the technology behind rechargeable batteries as well as examples of how they are being used today. Rechargeable battery issues and opportunities will also be discussed. Please join us for this interesting presentation.
One of the miracles of the modern era is the reliability of the power grid. An understanding of how a utility operates will not only allow a better understanding of how the electricity we use daily is generated and transported to our homes and businesses, but will provide insight into how alternative technologies such as Smart Grids and Demand Response will change the way we think of power generation, transmission, and distribution.
How does a utility transmit and distribute electricity?
How is the electric power generated?
What is Demand Response?
How is deregulation related to utility markets?
Who is the CAISO and what function does it perform?
What is a Smart Meter and how does it relate to the Smart Grid?
What is the Renewable Portfolio Standard?
What technologies will have the greatest impact going forward? Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting.
Behind every advancement in the areas of renewable energy and energy management, are some underlying technologies which help make those advancements possible. The IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol is one of those underlying technologies which is helping to make the Smart Grid a reality. This presentation will provide an overview of this technology and some of its uses in the Smart Grid.
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About the Presenter Rod Kirk, a San Francisco Bay area native, has held various Electrical Engineering positions in numerous companies in the areas of data storage, networks, and motion control. He has a degree from San Jose State University and an Energy Management certificate from De Anza College. Rod is currently providing Technical Writing services for emerging companies.
On November 13, 2012, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) sponsored “Grid Energy Storage: Beyond Batteries”, a panel event to discuss grid-scale energy storage. After treating the audience of about 300 investors, entrepreneurs, technologists and thought leaders to a short harmonica solo, Eric Wesoff from Greentech Media proceeded to outline the landscape around grid-scale energy storage and moderate the panel around future directions in grid-scale energy storage.
Figure 1: Panel (left to right) Mike Lee, Morgan Stanley (at podium); Eric Wesoff, Greentech Media; Prof Jay Whitacre, Aquion Energy; Dr. Steve Crane, LightSail Energy; Abe Yokell, Rockport Capital Partners; Haresh Kanath, EPRI
Wesoff overviewed current technologies, the complicated value chain which generates and delivers energy to end users, the cleantech investment climate, and the environmental /government mandated need for clean, renewable energy which can only be enabled by grid-scale energy storage.
Currently, grid scale energy storage is dominated by pumped hydro. “For grid applications, it’s all about cost per kilowatt hour” said, Abe Yokell, panelist and Partner at Rockport Capital Partners who foresees grid-scale energy storage for certain, specific use cases such as where local energy storage in dense urban environments is less expensive than running in new utility lines. Philip Gleckman, CTO of Areva Solar agreed “Grid Storage with batteries is not inevitable…Thermal storage is available costing one tenth of the best battery technology. Justin Raade, CEO of Halotechnics, Inc described how his company is working on grid-scale thermal storage as low as $25/kw-hr.
Indeed, two grid-scale energy storage companies were represented on the panel. Lightsail Energy of Berkeley, CA and Aquion Energy of Pittsburgh, PA shared their experiences as start-ups entering a heavily regulated, highly fractioned, risk averse environment.
Figure 3: Haresh Kanath, EPRI Figure 2: Dr. Steve Crane, LightSail Energy
Rounding out the panel was Haresh Kamath, Sr. Project Manager for EPRI. “While American utilities are greatly incented to “KTLO – Keep the Lights On” which has led to risk averse investing, Kamath & Rastler have described 10 specific business cases for grid-scale energy storage which have attracted attention from the venture capital and investment community. Kamath noted that for certain off-grid applications, the newer energy storage technologies, when paired with solar, have the potential to “leapfrog” the current grid which many have observed to be little changed over the past 100 years.
Mike Lee, Financial Advisor, on why Morgan Stanley sponsored the panel, “We like sponsoring these sorts of events in order to bring people together to facilitate growth in this community.” Another perspective was offered by Laurie Manning, volunteer with the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab “We have to look beyond our current economic crisis to greater environmental issues. Superstorm Sandy showed this. We need greater urgency before it’s too late.”
About The Author
Greg Chu is a member of the EcoGreen Group. He is interested in Energy Storage and has a deep background in Supply Chain Management.
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