Events & News Archive 2014 and Older
DOE OE Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan Released
The Dept. of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Energy Storage Program has announced their release of the Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan (PDF, 685 kb) to standardize the validation of the safety of grid-scale electrical energy storage projects.
The Strategic Plan addresses the key area of validated energy storage safety, spanning grid-scale, utility, communal, and residential deployments for the increasing array of energy storage technologies. It highlights the key areas of validation techniques, incident preparedness, and safety documentation, and recommends near- and long-term actions to address these needs.
Dr. Imre Gyuk, director of DOE OE and Energy Reliability Energy Storage Program, says, “We want energy storage to reach full acceptance as a component of the electric grid. For this to happen, a number of things must occur: technical feasibility of our technologies, competitive costs and established value, a regulatory framework, and safety. If we don’t have validated safety, we don’t have a product.”
DOE Announces ‘SHINES’ Funding
The Dept. of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is opening a $15 million Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) funding opportunity to help integrate distributed, on-site solar energy systems into the nation’s electrical grid.
The SunShot Initiative will host a webinar 3-4:30 p.m. EST Nov. 13 to discuss the application process.
The SHINES funding aims to support projects that enable low-cost, flexible and reliable solutions in integrating solar PV power plants and energy storage. Eligible projects include those that help revolutionize distributed PV and energy storage through such advanced operation as smart loads and demand response, incorporation of solar and load forecasting, innovative smart components and functionalities, and hardware, software and firmware interoperability.
The SunShot Initiative is a national collaborative effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. Additional information about the SHINES funding is available at the SunShot website.
Energy Storage Test Pad Characterizes TransPower’s GridSaver
Sandia National Laboratories has begun characterizing the capacity, power, safety and reliability of TransPower’s GridSaver, a 1 megawatt, lithium-ion grid energy storage system, at Sandia’s Energy Storage Test Pad.
Project lead David Rosewater said, “Independent evaluations provide valuable feedback for industry efforts to standardize metrics for characterizing and reporting reliability, safety and performance. Companies need the standards to develop large procurement goals for grid energy storage because they must be able to compare performance and cost.”
Sandia’s Energy Storage Test Pad and Energy Storage Analysis Laboratory test facilities validate manufacturers’ specifications of energy storage devices through characterization and application-specific cycle testing. They also can help users evaluate system parameters, including storage device efficiency, performance to specifications, reliability and balance of plant operation.
A Sandia Labs News Release provides more information on the TransPower GridSaver characterization testing.
Public Invited to Attend the 2014 Peer Review
The public is invited to attend the 2014 DOE OE Energy Storage Peer Review Sept. 17-19, 2014, in Washington, D.C. This yearâ€™s review will include the latest innovations across all spectrums of energy storage, spanning materials research all the way to the safe deployment of systems. Presenters will offer insight into the research conducted from many areas of the Energy Storage community, including Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and all across industry.
Join us as we learn more about the innovations being made within this burgeoning field. A preliminary draft of the meeting agenda is also available for download.
There is no charge to attend the 2014 Peer Review, but Event Registration is required by Sept. 5, 2014. Additional information on the Peer Review is available at the Peer Review Meeting webpage. E-mail any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESNA Expo 2014 Names Award Finalists, Announces Workshops
This year’s Energy Storage North America (ESNA) Innovation Awards has named Nine finalists representing excellence in installed energy storage projects across three categories: utility-scale, customer-sited, and mobility.
To learn about the finalists and cast your vote, visit the ESNA Award website.
The conference workshops will address the key aspects of grid-connected energy storage and include: Utility Scale Energy Storage Interconnection 101/201 & Use Cases; Valuing Energy Storage Services in U.S. Wholesale Markets; Making Cents of Energy Storage; Financing Opportunities for Commercial/Customer-Sited Energy Storage; Utility Energy Storage Procurement: Bidding & Contracting; New Developments in Electric Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI); The Evolution of Electricity Markets – From Centralized To Decentralized Systems; Energy Storage Systems and First Responder Safety; Who’s Responsible?
The Energy Storage North America (ESNA) Expo 2014 will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. For more information, visit the ESNA Expo 2014 website, including registration and sponsorship information.
EASE Announces Energy Storage Global Conference 2014
The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) will host the Energy Storage Global Conference 2014 – Explaining, Exchanging, Enabling on Nov. 19-21, 2014, at the Cercle National des ArmÃ©es in Paris.
Each of the conference’s three days will be devoted to a different “pillar” of energy storage: technology and research, market and business, and policy. To reflect this division, each day will be led by a different organization.
- ›Day 1 â€“ Technology. Led by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and by Sandia National Laboratories.
- ›Day 2 â€“ Market. Led by the Energy Storage Associations of Europe (EASE), America (ESA), and France (ATEE-CSE).
- ›Day 3 â€“ Policy. Led by DG Energy of the European Commission and by the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Politicians will discuss the past, present and future of Energy Storage.
More information is available at www.esgc2014.org.
Registration for Peer Review 2014 Is Open
Registration is now open for the 2014 DOE/OE Energy Storage Program Peer Review and Update meeting to be held Sept. 17-19 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, Washington DC.
Approximately 100 projects will be presented, spanning electro-chemistry and materials development, component and system testing, economic and system analysis, and full demonstrations. More than 360 people representing multiple countries attended the 2012 Peer Review, and more than 400 people are expected in 2014.
Although there is no charge to attend the 2014 Peer Review, Event Registration is required. A block of rooms at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, Washington DC is available for attendees at the prevailing government rate. To obtain the negotiated rate book your room through the Renaissance Washington Hotel Reservation website.
NAATBatt / DOE Webinar: DOE Loan Guarantees for Storage Projects
The National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt) will jointly host a webinar 1-2:30 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday, July 16, with the U.S. Dept. of Energy – Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability entitled “DOE Loan Guarantees for Storage Projects: The Essential Details.”
Douglas Schultz, director of Loan Guarantee Origination for the DOE’s Loan Programs Office, will explain the details of the new Section 1703 loan guarantee program. Mr. Schultz will answer questions posed by three experts in government-supported project finance: Alexander Drake of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Kenneth Hansen of Chadbourne & Parke and David Kirkpatrick of Marathon Capital.
The webinar is free, but registration is required at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5534765971767783426. After registering, a confirmation e-mail will be sent containing information about joining the webinar.
The webinar will be co-hosted by James Greenberger, executive director of NAATBatt, and Dr. Imre Gyuk of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability.
ESNA Expo 2014 Dates Announced
The Energy Storage North America (ESNA) Expo 2014 will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Speakers at the Expo include leaders at the forefront of energy storage deployment and planning. The Expo’s program focuses on the convergence of transportation, distributed, and utility-scale applications. The concurrent tracks will offer attendees insight into the market structures, the policies powering them, and the opportunities to integrate projects of all sizes on the grid.
For more information, visit the ESNA Expo 2014 website, including registration and sponsorship information.
ESTAP Webinar: Commissioning Energy Storage Systems
Clean Energy States Alliance and its Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) project will host a webinar 1-2 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, May 20, with the U.S. Dept. of Energy – Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories on Commissioning Energy Storage Systems.
The webinar will discuss the process of commissioning an energy storage system. With increasing numbers of energy storage systems being built, having a commissioning plan to ensure safe, reliable installations is imperative.
This webinar is free, but registration is required at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4696422439000983810. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
ESTAP Project Director Tood Olinsky-Paul will moderate the webinar and the speakers will include Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager in the U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Sandia National Laboratories’ Dan Borneo, Sunpower’s Matt Galland, and Laurie Florence of Underwriters Laboratories.
Draft Storage/Stationary Battery Standards List Is Available from UL
A draft listing of Storage/Stationary Batteries Standards is now available for download from the Publications page of this website. The list is courtesy of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).
In addition to summarizing the scope of each standard, the listing identifies whether the standards pertain to Safety, Performance or other purpose, as well as providing some cross-referencing to related standards.
ES-Select Tool Update Is Available
An update of the ES-Select™ Storage Selection Tool developed by DNV-KEMA is available for download, featuring a number of enhancements.
The update adds gas turbines and demand response data to calculate payback comparisons as alternatives to energy storage, calculation of the best storage “price” by balancing profit against market penetration, an option to export ES-Select data to Microsoft Excel, and new scatter charts that show correlation between energy storage parameters.
First-time users should download and run the ES-Select™ installer, which includes its supporting library. Once ES-Select™ is installed, the update installer then should be downloaded and run. If an earlier version of ES-Select™ is installed already, only the latest ES-Select™ update installer is needed.
2014 DOE/OE Energy Storage Program Peer Review Dates Announced
The 2014 DOE/OE Energy Storage Program Peer Review meeting will be held Sept. 17-19 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, Washington DC, highlighting the breadth and diversity of the DOE Energy Storage program.
More than 100 projects will be presented, spanning electro-chemistry and materials development, component and system testing, economic and system analysis, and full demonstrations. More than 360 people representing multiple countries attended the 2012 Peer Review, and more than 400 people are expected in 2014.
DOE’s Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Program is sponsoring the three-day event, which will feature projects from Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ARRA, ARPA-E, SBIR, and university energy-storage projects will also be presented. Presentations from previous Peer Review meetings are available in the Conference Archives.
Details for registration will be announced at a later date.
Advanced Energy Storage Device Testing Call for Proposals Opens
The 2014 Winter Call for Proposals is open for Sandia National Laboratories’ Advanced Energy Storage Device Testing. The testing is provided through the Energy Storage Test Pad (ESTP) in conjunction with the Energy Storage Analysis Laboratory (ESAL) to provide independent, third-party testing and validation of performance and reliability from the cell level up to 1+ MW AC electrical energy storage (EES) systems. The deadline for application is Jan. 15, 2014, and notifications will be sent out in February. The next call for proposals will be Jan. 16 through July 15, 2014. For more information, contact Dr. Summer Ferreira at (505) 844-6972.
ESTAP Webinar: Duke Energy’s Energy Storage Projects
Clean Energy States Alliance and its Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) project will host a webinar 1-2 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, Nov. 13, with the U.S. Dept. of Energy – Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories on Duke Energy’s battery energy storage projects.
The webinar will provide an overview of Duke Energy’s deployed systems and summarize lessons learned and opportunities to make energy storage a valuable part of the electric grid. Duke Energy has deployed six different battery systems that cover a wide range of battery chemistries, sizes, locations on the grid, and applications. These projects are demonstrating how energy storage can create value on the electric grid, exposing what opportunities remain to make this technology scalable, and providing a platform to develop new sources of value.
This webinar is free, but registration is required at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/836238496. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
Following an introduction by Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager in the U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the webinar’s speakers include Dan Sowder, P.E., and Dr. Zak Kuznar, PhD, senior project managers from the Duke Energy Emerging Technology Office. The event will be hosted by Todd Olinsky-Paul, ESTAP project director at Clean Energy States Alliance.
Sandia researcher authors ‘Battery Energy Storage System’ for Springer-Verlag London
Sandia National Laboratories researcher Stan Atcitty recently coauthored a chapter titled “Battery Energy Storage System” in Power Electronics for Renewable and Distributed Energy Systems, a volume published last July by Springer-Verlag London. This chapter discusses the various technical components of battery energy storage systems for utility-scale energy storage and how these technical components are interrelated. Atcitty’s coauthors were Jason Neely, David Ingersoll, Abbas Akhil and Karen Waldrip.
DOE Energy Storage Program Manager to present ESNA 2013 Awards
Dr. Imre Gyuk, manager of the Dept. of Energy’s Energy Storage Program, will emcee the Energy Storage North America Awards ceremony during the ESNA 2013 conference and expo to be held Sept. 10-12 in San Jose, CA. The ESNA awards go to projects that tap into multiple value streams, with nominees evaluated on innovation in services supplied to the grid, financing model, ownership model, and technology. Information on the ESNA agenda, speakers, and attendance is available on the ESNA website at http://www.esnaexpo.com.
›ESTAP Webinar: Optimizing the Benefits of a PV with Battery Storage System
Clean Energy States Alliance and its Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) project will host a webinar 1-2 p.m. (EDT) Monday, Sept. 16, with the U.S. Dept. of Energy – Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories.
The webinar will discuss how PNM’s Prosperity Energy Storage Project, funded in part through the ARRA/DOE Smart Grid Storage Demonstration Program, has continuously demonstrated, with very high reliability figures, utility scale PV smoothing and shifting. PV smoothing has been demonstrated utilizing a variety of assigned smoothing battery capacities, control algorithms and signal inputs. Extensive 1 second data has been gathered and is being statistically analyzed through a numerical methods optimization approach in order to determine the optimal level of smoothing required for the project’s associated 500 kW PV installation. A factsheet about the project is available for download from PNM.
This webinar is free, but registration is required at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/186489264. After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
Following an introduction by Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager in the U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the webinar’s speakers include Steve Willard, PNM Resources Project Manager, and Dan Borneo, Engineering Project Manager with Sandia National Laboratories.
Registration Opens for EESAT 2013
Registration is now open for the Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) 2013 Conference to be held Oct. 20 – 23, 2013, in San Diego, CA. Registration for attendees will be accepted via the conference’s secure registration web page until the Sept. 20, 2013, deadline, after which late registration costs may apply.
FERC Chairman Wellinghoff to be EESAT 2013 Keynote Speaker
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff has been scheduled to provide the keynote address at EESAT 2013. First appointed as a Commissioner to the FERC in 2006 then named Chairman of the FERC by President Barack Obama in 2009, Chairman Wellinghoff is an energy law attorney with 37 years experience in regulatory, consumer, and commercial law. Before joining FERC, he was in private practice focusing exclusively on client matters related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and distributed generation.
2013 Electricity Storage Handbook Released
The DOE/EPRI 2013 Electricity Storage Handbook in Collaboration with NRECA (PDF, 12 mb) has been released and is available for download. It was jointly authored by the Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories, Electric Power Research Institute, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
The Electricity Storage Handbook is a how-to guide for utility and rural cooperative engineers, planners, and decision makers to plan and implement energy storage projects. The Handbook also serves as an information resource for investors and venture capitalists, providing the latest developments in technologies and tools to guide their evaluations of energy storage opportunities. It includes a comprehensive database of the cost of current storage systems in a wide variety of electric utility and customer services, along with interconnection schematics. A list of significant past and present energy storage projects is provided for a practical perspective.
NV Energy Electricity Storage Valuation Study Released
Sandia National Laboratories’ Electric Power Systems Research Dept. and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Advanced Power and Energy Systems Group have released a jointly authored report that examines how grid-level electricity storage might benefit the operations of NV Energy in 2020, and assesses whether those benefits justify the cost of the storage system.
Titled “NV Energy Electricity Storage Valuation” (PDF, 933 kb), the report finds that grid-level storage adds the most value to the 2020 NV Energy system by providing regulating reserve, and that a grid-level storage facility in the 2020 NV Energy system may have a positive net present value at today’s storage system prices, provided that regulating reserve from a fast ramp rate resource is valued more than that from a slow ramp rate resource.
ESTAP Webinar: An Overview of the Electricity Storage Handbook
Clean Energy States Alliance hosted a webinar June 18, 2013, titled “Highlights of the DOE/EPRI 2013 Electricity Storage Handbook in Collaboration with NRECA.” To support the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories led the effort to update the Electricity Storage Handbook. The Handbook is a how-to guide for utility and rural cooperative engineers, planners, and decision makers to plan and implement electricity storage projects.
A recording of the webinar is available on the Clean Energy State Alliance’s website.
Following an introduction by Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager in the U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the webinar’s speakers include Georgianne Huff, Sandia National Laboratories, and Abbas Akhil, Renewable Energy Ventures, LLC.
EESAT 2013 Call for Papers Announced
The Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) Conference 2013 Call for Papers has been announced and the EESAT Committee urges all interested individuals to consider submitting a paper for presentation at this highly visible, international conference.
To present at EESAT, a one-page abstract of a formal paper is due for consideration by the EESAT Committee no later than July 10, 2013. Please review the Abstract Requirements and Guidelines (PDF, 124 kb) carefully before submitting your abstract. Initial one-page abstracts will be chosen by the Committee from all one-page abstracts submitted by this deadline.
The EESAT 2013 will be Oct. 21 – 23, 2013, at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel in San Diego, CA. Registration will be 4 – 6 p.m. The opening reception will be 6 – 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 2013.
Details for the conference will be announced via the EESAT website as they become available.
ESS Program Website Updates
The Dept. of Energy’s Energy Storage Program website has a number of updates that may be of interest to members the energy storage community.
The ES-Select™ Storage Selection Tool developed by DNV-KEMA has been updated recently, including enhancements in cash flow and payback analyses. Also, the DOE International Energy Storage Database provides free, up-to-date information on grid-connected energy storage projects and relevant state and federal policies.
On the ESS Program’s Publications page, a number of recent SAND Reports have become available for download. The most-recent titles include Performance Testing of Zinc-Bromine Flow Batteries for Remote Telecom Sites (SAND2013-2818C), New Wholesale Power Market Design Using Linked Forward Markets (SAND2013-2789), and Southern Company Energy Storage Study (SAND2013-2251).
ESTAP Webinar on Smart Grid, Grid Integration, Storage and Renewable Energy
The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and the U.S. Dept. of Energy will present a webinar 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST May 16, 2013, featuring a discussion of how the smart grid and smart meters, demand response, and energy storage affect the deployment of intermittent renewable energy.
This webinar is free, but space is limited so registration is required at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/359189000. After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
The webinar’s speakers include Tom Stepien, CEO of Primus Power, and Ron Dizy, President & CEO ENBALA Power Network.
ES-Select Tool Update Is Available
An improved version of the ES-Select™ Storage Selection Tool developed by DNV-KEMA is available for download. The new version includes a number of enhancements in cash flow and payback analyses as well as ease of use. Users are greeted with a newly structured homepage that simplifies the use process and identifies early on, feasible storage options for the user’s selected applications before the user may need to have a further dive into specifics. Besides the strengthened business analysis capabilities, ES-Select™ now offers more flexibility for users to enter their storage data and adjust other storage option parameters like costs that are subject to change as technology costs come down.
First-time users need to download and run the ES-Select™ installer, which includes its supporting library. Once ES-Select™ is installed, the update installer then should be downloaded and run. If an earlier version of ES-Select™ is installed already, only the latest ES-Select™ update installer is needed.
ESTAP Webinar on Sandia’s Maui Energy Storage Study
The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and the U.S. Dept. of Energy will present a webinar 2 – 3 p.m. EST March 6, 2013, featuring a case study conducted by Sandia National Laboratories on the Island of Maui and the goals of increasing its renewable energy capacity and the role of energy storage.
This webinar is free, but space is limited so registration is required at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/364676024. After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar. Also, the report is currently available for download (1.3 MB , PDF).
The Hawaiian Island of Maui plans to provide as much as 40 percent of its system capacity by renewable energy resources by 2015. Maui Electric Company (MECO) plans for three large wind farms and a significant distributed deployment of photovoltaics. This work investigates strategies utilizing energy storage resources in reducing anticipated wind curtailment and mitigating any increases in production costs.
The webinar’s panelists include DOE’s Imre Gyuk, as well as Sandia’s Dan Borneo, James Ellison, Dhruv Bhatnagar, and Ben Karlson.