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Energy Storage & Conversion -
Technologies & Applications: Batteries, fuel cells, capacitors, hydrogen and storage

Monday June 21, 2010, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Anaheim, California


This course presents a comprehensive base for understanding the current state of industrial development of fuel cells, batteries and capacitors as elements of mobile and stationary energy supply systems. Basic principles of operation and future developments needs are discussed.

Pro’s and con’s of the different technical approaches are analyzed with respect to opportunities and barriers for large scale utilization of galvanic systems, in particular the energy density, the dynamic range of different types of fuels cells, batteries or capacitors, the material demand, system integration and device durability issues. Examples include low, medium and high temperature fuel cells, Ni-MH-, Li- and other battery types, different types of capacitors.

Furthermore, particular attention is given to energy storage and fuel supply: hydrogen generation via solar-, bio- and thermo-chemical processes and hydrogen storage concepts are compared with ”plug in” and hybrid solutions, based on the existing electricity supply chain as well as on the existing carbon-containing fuels. The economic prospects of contemporary and future solutions for energy conversion and storage based on fuel cells, batteries, capacitors and hydrogen are briefly discussed.

Who should attend?

Technically interested researchers, consultants and governemental officials, industrial manufacturers, project and business developers.

Storage Short Course: Introduction to the Energy Storage Value Proposition

Workshop attendees will walk away with an introductory knowledge of the requirements, mechanics, and challenges associated with creating a project-specific value proposition for customer sited and owned energy storage—including integration with solar and incentive structures. This workshop session will answer many questions about the value of energy storage, focusing on the mechanics of a value proposition model specific to distributed energy storage, an understanding of the financial requirements of key stakeholders, what is involved in optimizing the value of storage, and how end user loads, renewable generation profiles, electricity tariffs, and incentive regimes impact energy storage’s value.

Intended Audience

Distributed energy storage suppliers, project developers, renewable energy integrators, utility company personnel, and public utility commission staff. A moderate understanding of financial modeling with experience in the mechanics of commercial energy projects is preferable, but not a prerequisite.

Workshop Overview

The workshop will explore the answers to the following questions:

  1. What is a value proposition analysis?
  2. Why is there a need for value proposition analysis in the current and future customer-sited energy storage market?
  3. Who would want this type of analysis?
  4. What are the drivers of value for behind-the-meter energy storage?
  5. What are the key components of an energy storage value proposition?
  6. How does one create a value proposition model?
  7. What is unique about an energy storage value proposition model?
  8. How does one tackle the challenges of energy storage modeling?
  9. Why is sensitivity analysis essential?
  10. How do incentives and tax policies impact value?
  11. How does the integration of renewables affect an energy storage project’s value proposition?


Monika Willert-Porada Dr. Monika Willert-Porada is a Professor in Materials Processing at the University of Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany. Dr. Willert-Porada’s research focuses on development of new processes, by implementation of new sources of electrical energy, like e.g., laser and microwave radiation as well as different types of plasma’s into processing of materials with the aim at selective heating, low temperature processing and synthesis of materials for energy conversion. Her teaching focuses on environmental aspects of raw materials synthesis as well as on high quality materials for batteries, fuel cells and PV systems.

Dr. Willert-Porada has co-authored in excess of 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is engaged in science advisory boards of local and national laboratories. She is Founder and since 1997 President of InVerTec, an independent research institute working in close collaboration with the University of Bayreuth on the development of sustainable and energy efficient processes for production of key raw materials, like e.g. high purity Si, nanoscaled oxides for photocatalysis and TCO’s for powder based coatings. Another activity of InVerTec is utilisation of new technologies for recycling of valuable polymers and catalyst metals. Dr. Willert-Porada is further engaged as Coordinator of an interdisciplinary research institute located at the University of Bayreuth and devoted to R&D for Glass Manufacturing & Coating.

Giovanni Damato

Giovanni Damato, Senior Associate, StrateGen Consulting LLC - Giovanni has led StrateGenís Value Proposition Practice in distributed energy storage since 2005. Storage technology providers, global solar integrators, leading real estate developers, and public utility commissions have sought out his expertise to make critical strategic decisions about distributed storage markets, including the integration of storage with renewable energy resources. He is currently advising suppliers and developers as well as clean energy end-users to develop the value proposition and strategic implications of photovoltaic, solar thermal, and advanced energy storage systems for a wide range of key stakeholders.

Giovanni brings practical and analytical skills to StrateGen from the construction industry. Prior to joining StrateGen, Giovanni founded a custom homebuilding business and is a licensed General Contractor in the State of California. Incorporating green building into his homebuilding business ultimately led Giovanni to the clean energy space and StrateGen. He has also worked for Granite Construction, a leading U.S. heavy civil transportation contractor, as a Field Engineer on the Las Vegas Monorail Project, where he was responsible for day-to-day construction activities and jobsite/public safety.

On the regulatory front at StrateGen, Giovanni played an integral role in building the business case for including Advanced Energy Storage in Californiaís Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), which led to the Public Utility Commissionís (CPUC) favorable ruling to include energy storage in the SGIP program.

Giovanni holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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