Grid-Scale Energy Storage, March 30-31, 2022

Cambridge EnerTech’s

Grid-Scale Energy Storage

Engineering Battery Utility into the Grid

MARCH 30 - 31, 2022 | ALL TIMES EDT

The electrical distribution grid is a complex network. With demands for electrical power continually rising, utilities and project developers are focusing on how to stabilize intermittent electrical energy production and demand. The combination of high-energy density and low costs found in advanced battery design can potentially provide storage services to the grid, utilities and downstream customers by improving power quality, conversion, capacity and reliability. The Grid-Scale Energy Storage: Engineering Battery Utility into the Grid conference explores the latest trends in large-scale industrial projects to energize the dialogue about efficient grid energy capacity, storage and conversion.

Wednesday, March 30

12:45 pm Networking Luncheon (Sponsorship Available) (Pacifica 6)
1:45 pm Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)



2:25 pm

Organizer's Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Enertech

Building Gigafactories – Lessons Learned and the Future of EV Battery Manufacturing

Panel Moderator:
Celina Mikolajczak, Chief Manufacturing Officer, QuantumScape

The transition to vehicle electrification has generated a rapidly increasing demand for battery cells and packs. The key to producing cells at the volumes that will be required will be the building and implementation of gigafactories on a global scale. This panel of international experts who have been directly involved in building existing gigafactories will share their insights on what they have learned and how they see the future of electrification.

Kenzo Nagai, Process Engineer, Cell Engineering, Hatch
Ken Zemach, PhD, Vice President Quality, Northvolt
Hailong Ning, PhD, Head of Battery Manufacturing Technology and Engineering, Nio
Victor Prajapati, PhD, Senior Director, Cell Engineering, Rivian
Evan Horetsky, Partner, Mckinsey & Company
3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)



4:15 pm

Organizer's Remarks

Mary Ann Brown, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Healthtech Institute
4:20 pm

Chairperson's Remarks

Matthias Vetter, PhD, Department Head, Electrical Energy Storage, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
4:25 pm

Surface and Interface Engineering of Advanced Materials for Energy Devices

Yang Yang, PhD, Associate Professor, Nanoscience Technology Center, University of Central Florida

Safety and durability concerns caused by surface and interface instabilities of high-surface-activity energy materials are challenging modern electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems. I will present our most recent representative works on the surface and interface engineering of functional materials for energy devices with greatly improved safety under harsh operating conditions such as fast charging at high currents.



Energy Storage Innovations for an Agile Future Grid

Susan Babinec, Program Lead, Stationary Storage, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS), Argonne National Laboratory

The deep decarbonization required to address climate changes requires a contemporary and reimagined grid. This future grid must exquisitely intertwine and balance the options in generation, transmission/distribution, support of electrified transport, and energy storage. Plans spanning short through long-term goals must also accommodate the uncertainty of climate change – shifting averages and increasingly frequent extreme events.  The energy storage toolkit is now rapidly expanding to provide innovations to meet these evolving needs – navigating this path requires performance and economic flexibility. We will discuss how complex techno-economics combined with advanced analytics can efficiently guide us down this potentially circuitous path.

5:25 pm

Scalable, Zero-Emission, and Resilient Microgrids: Research and Demonstration

Zhihua Qu, PhD, Pegasus Professor & Thomas J. Riordan and Herbert C. Towle Chair, ECE; Director, RISES, UCF Energy System Research Center, University of Central Florida
Wayne E. Johnson, Key Segment Manager, Education, Duke Energy Corp.

Deployment of resilient microgrids is essential for an agile grid. In this talk, we outline some of the relevant research being conducted at RISES (Resilient, Intelligent, and Sustainable Energy Systems), a university research center of University of Central Florida. Duke Energy's microgrid at Mount Holly will be outlined. Finally, we will present the new zero-emission microgrid being developed jointly by  University of Central Florida and Duke Energy.

5:55 pm Close of Day

Thursday, March 31

7:30 am Registration & Morning Coffee (Pre-Function West)



9:00 am

Chairperson's Remarks

Rolando Mattar, Sales Manager, SE United States & Caribbean, Saft
9:05 am

Cold Storage – Making Energy Storage Work in the Far North

Rolando Mattar, Sales Manager, SE United States & Caribbean, Saft
Clay Koplin, CEO, Cordova Electric Cooperative

As the future of producing the power needs of the world evolve, renewable energy has become the answer to that need. With the abundance and inexhaustible sources of this energy, the challenge becomes access and reliability. Energy Storage Systems provide that bridge to the reliability of sources such as Wind and Solar. This presentation will tell the story of this Solar + Storage Solution, and how the complete SAFT Energy Storage package enabled the remote Alaskan city of Cordova enhance their independence and resilience by saving diesel fuel and maximizing their use of hydropower.

9:35 am

Using Stationary and Mobile Batteries to Run a Renewable Microgrid: A Vehicle-to-Grid Case Study

John Glassmire, Senior Advisor, Grid Edge Solutions, Hitachi Energy
Scott Gibson, P.E., Generation Division, Snohomish County PUD

Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) built a microgrid that integrates several clean energy technologies: vehicle-to-grid (V2G) enabled electric vehicles (EVs), a battery energy storage system (BESS), and solar photovoltaic (PV). We will share benefits and lessons learned on how the Arlington Microgrid uses advanced controls and automation to unlock value from batteries in both stationary BESS and mobile EVs, supporting 100% renewable operation and grid resiliency for disaster recovery.

10:05 am Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)


11:20 am

Techno-Economic Assessment of Current and Future Redox Flow Battery Systems

Kara Rodby, Research Scientist, Brushett Lab, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

We perform a techno-economic investigation of chemistry design for redox flow batteries (RFBs). Specifically, we utilize levelized cost of storage modeling and supply chain analyses to explore the tradeoffs between upfront and long-term costs for various classes of RFB chemistries. Materials production studies also facilitate parallel considerations of scalability. The goal of this work is to inform research and development and bolster opportunities for RFB deployment.

11:50 am

More Power, Lower Cost: Pushing the Limits of Redox Flow Battery Reactors through Novel Porous Electrode Architectures

Antoni Forner-Cuencam, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology

Carbonaceous porous electrodes are performance-defining components of redox flow batteries as they provide surfaces for electrochemical reactions, conduct electrons and heat, and distributing fluids. However, our current arsenal of materials is limited to fibrous electrodes which have not been tailored to the unique challenges of redox flow batteries. Thus, there is the need to develop novel material sets with precise control over microstructure and composition, while employing synthetic methods that are compatible with large scale manufacturing. In this presentation, I will discuss a novel approach to synthesize porous electrodes suitable for redox flow batteries.

Edward Roberts, Professor, University of Calgary

The success of redox flow batteries, a leading technology for grid scale energy storage, has been constrained by their relatively high capital cost, and low energy density.  The potential of emerging chemistries to offer reduced cost, and/or increased energy and power density will be discussed. In addition, recent results showing enhanced flow battery performance using modified membranes, and nanomaterials dispersed in the electrolyte, will be presented.

12:50 pm Enjoy Lunch on Your Own
1:40 pm Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)


2:20 pm

Chairperson's Remarks

Susan Babinec, Program Lead, Stationary Storage, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS), Argonne National Laboratory
2:25 pm

Integration of Second Life Batteries as Buffer Storage in Apartment Buildings

Matthias Vetter, PhD, Department Head, Electrical Energy Storage, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Within this presentation results of the project EMILAS are presented, in which used electric vehicle batteries are assembled as a buffer storage, together with a sophisticated energy management system for storing PV and CHP electricity in apartment buildings with the objective to increase self-sufficiency. Furthermore, this buffer storage allows flexible charging of electric vehicles in the garage of the building. Besides the system concept itself, efficient methods for qualification of used electric vehicle batteries are essential and will be discussed in this presentation as well.

2:55 pm

Grid Services Opportunities for DC Fast Charge Stations with Second Life Batteries

Matilde D’Arpino, PhD, Research Scientist, OSU Center for Automotive Research, Ohio State University

While DC-fast charge (DCFC) infrastructure represents a fundamental step for the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), the uncoordinated charging events could result in inefficient and unstable utilization of the grid. EV second life batteries (SLBs) are providing a low-cost energy storage solution for peak-shaving in DCFC installations and can generate additional revenue streams by participating in grid services, such as frequency regulation and demand response programs.

3:25 pm

Market Potential for Grid Energy Services Using Reconditioned Second Life Electric Vehicle Batteries

Noah Horesh, Graduate Research Assistant, Colorado State University

Electric vehicle batteries can be reused for grid energy storage systems. However, second life battery modules can have an imbalanced state of health (SOH) which can reduce battery safety, life, and depth of discharge. This work evaluates the economics of a novel Heterogeneous Unifying Battery reconditioning system that cycles battery modules to unify cells’ SOH to improve their second life battery performance to then be used for grid energy services.

3:55 pm

Towards a Second Life for EV Batteries

Hanjiro Ambrose, Engineer, California Air Resources Board
4:25 pm Transition to Closing Session


4:35 pm

Organizer's Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Enertech

Roadmap to 2030: Opportunities & Illusions

Panel Moderator:
Brian Barnett, PhD, President, Battery Perspectives

The prospects for lithium-ion are justifiably receiving major attention. Projected growth rates are impressive and numerous market drivers and trends within vehicle electrification, stationary and consumer electronics markets reinforce the potential for even higher growth. Responding to the challenge, Li-ion technology has been steadily improving even as costs have been decreasing. Requirements for even higher energy are stimulating massive R&D efforts to bring next-generation materials to market. The roadmap to 2030 offers many opportunities, but not without major challenges. A panel of experts will discuss forecasts for 2030, providing insights about opportunities, challenges, barriers, and key factors shaping the 2030 roadmap.

Bob Taenaka, xEV Battery Senior Technical Leader, Ford Motor Company
Viktor Irle, Co-Founder & Market Analyst, EV Volumes
Jeremy Carlson, Battery Technology Engineer, Lenovo
5:40 pm Close of Conference