Increasing Storage Safety and Performance - Presented by Infocast
  • Learn How to Effectively Evaluate and Improve Storage System Safety and Performance to Minimize Disruptions and Risk

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A series of highly publicized storage system fires have drawn close scrutiny of the safety and performance of storage by utilities, developers, system integrators, financiers, community aggregators, and regulators. Storage developers must both increase the safety and performance of ESS while simultaneously reducing operational costs to maximize the business opportunities attached to this revolutionary technology.

The Increasing Storage Safety and Performance Master Class will provide attendees with a proven approach to evaluate and improve a system’s safety and performance. This course will help advance attendees’ understanding of how to evaluate the performance of individual ESS subsystems, and how to best combine these subsystems into effectively integrated ESS:

  • Assess the safety and performance of today’s ESS
  • Learn how to assess the performance of individual ESS subsystems
  • Develop operational metrics for key storage systems supported by emerging safety standards and best practices
  • Improve thermal management systems (TMS) to increase safety and performance
  • Explore the advantages and disadvantages of various battery management system (BMS) approaches
  • Hear how industry leaders are working to improve the performance of ESS using a systems approach
  • Learn about organized industry efforts now in progress to improve safety and performance and how to get involved

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Virtual Office Hours

Live Discussion and Q&A

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Relevant & Timely Content: 10+ hours of in-depth, highly-relevant content and interactive learning conducted by knowledgeable and respected industry leaders as your class instructors/panelists. Bring your toughest problems for expert advice!

Competitive Advantage: Get tangible outcomes for immediate use and application!

  • Learn how to leverage emerging standards and best practices to improve ESS safety and performance
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of how the latest technologies and methods are being used to improve thermal management systems (TMS) and battery management systems (BMS)
  • Discover the steps leading companies are taking to increase the overall safety and performance of energy storage systems as a whole


Virtual Office Hours

  • Exclusive access to the Lead Instructor one week after the conclusion of the Master Class
  • Receive personal attention from the Lead Instructor for questions unique to you

Live Discussion and Q&A

  • Engaging and interactive live discussion and Q&A after each session
  • Live participation: submit questions and comments in real-time for our expert Instructors

On-Demand Access

  • Attend remotely from wherever you are – from home or at the office
  • Unlimited access to premium class content, sessions and materials

Why Attend?

  • Apply lessons learned in real-world applications in your practice immediately
  • Get individualized attention and responses to questions unique to you and your organization
  • Stay ahead of the curve by continuing to advance your knowledge and skills during the current health crisis
  • Connect with other professionals in the class contending with the same challenges as you
  • Access the same industry-leading content provided by Infocast – at home or office – while responsibly social distancing

Mike Simpson

Mike Simpson, Sr. Technical Leader at EPRI, leads projects in the Energy Storage and Distributed Generation program. Mike applies a multi-disciplinary background in energy R&D to produce studies that bolster the feasibility of energy storage integration for a more sustainable, more robust, and cost-effective utility grid. Prior to EPRI, he worked in renewable energy and energy efficiency with AES Distributed Energy, NREL, and Rocky Mountain Institute. He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in System Design and Optimization from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Matt Paiss

Matthew Paiss serves as a Technical Advisor in the Battery Materials & Systems group. Prior to joining PNNL, he was the President of Energy Response Solutions, Inc (a Training & Consultation). He brings 28 yrs of emergency response experience retiring as a Fire Captain with the San Jose CA Fire Department. His background in renewable energy started in 1982 at ARCO Solar in Camarillo, CA before studying Solar Technology and Fire Science in Santa Cruz, CA. He spent 5 yrs in the semiconductor industry as a field service engineer prior to transitioning to the fire service. Matt has 10 years’ experience on RE Codes & Standards committees and currently serves on NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, UL Standards Technical Panels 9540, 1974, and IEC TC120. He served as a subject matter expert for the National Fire Protection Association on energy storage and has contributed to the model Fire Code sections on PV & ESS. He has delivered electrical safety training to over 8000 firefighters nationwide and has spoken across North America and in Europe on fire and PV/ESS safety. He has written for Fire Engineering, Home Power, SolarPro and SFPE magazines.!

Charlie Vartanian

Charlie Vartanian is a Sr. Technical Advisor at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he focuses on the integration of energy storage with power systems. Charlie has over 25 years of power industry experience deploying advanced grid technologies, performing electric system studies, and contributing to technical standards development. He has worked previously for Mitsubishi Electric, DNV KEMA, A123 Systems, Enron, the California Energy Commission, Southern California Edison, and the U.S. Navy. During his 15 years at Southern California Edison, Charlie’s activities spanned traditional T&D planning through grid R&D. He is a currently Secretary of the IEEE 1547.9 Energy Storage Interconnection working group, and Co-Chair of the IEEE Energy Storage Collaboration Team. Charlie received his BSEE from Cal Poly Pomona, and his MSEE from USC. Charlie is a licensed professional Electrical Engineer.

Kenneth Boyce, P.E.

Ken Boyce is a Corporate Fellow in the William Henry Merrill Society at UL LLC, reserved for the highest level of technical achievement, external recognition, and contributions to UL’s Safety Mission. He also serves as global Principal Engineer Director, Energy & Power Technologies, overseeing standards development and technical operations for renewable energy technologies, batteries and energy storage systems, advanced technology grid and Smart City infrastructure, electric vehicle and e-mobility systems, commercial drones, autonomous vehicles, fuel cells, power distribution, factory automation, hazardous locations, and related equipment.   Ken is very active in the standards and code development community, and serves as the Chairman of National Electrical Code Panel 1 and the Solar Energy Industries Association Codes & Standards Working Group. He represents UL in global energy initiatives, and serves as the Chairman of UL’s Energy Council.  He works closely with the U.S. Department of Energy, National Laboratories and academic institutions to advance scientific knowledge in the energy sector, including leading a number of significant renewable energy research projects and serving on the DuraMAT Consortium Industry Advisory Board.  He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on energy, safety and risk management and technology at global symposia, government events and universities. Ken has decades of leadership experience in safety engineering across many sectors, and is an active advocate for consumer safety and STEM education. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois.

Joe Goggin

Joe Goggin is Hotstart’s New Business Development Manager. In his 20+ year professional career, he has an equal amount of time in the utility Power Generation business and Telecommunications. He has gained valuable experience serving customers in Project and Product Management roles, Applications Engineering and mainly Business Development. He is also gaining valuable experience in the Energy Storage Market and looks forward to collaborating with customers to design, engineer and manufacture innovative new products.

Mohamed Kassamali

Mr. Kassamali is an Energy Storage Consultant at DNV GL. He has four years of experience in the energy industry at DNV GL, focused for two years on behind-the-meter and utility-scale energy storage technical due diligence He provides technical review of various battery energy storage products to manufacturers and developers, assessing systems' safety and performance. Mr. Kassamali is a battery energy storage safety expert that has conducted numerous safety analysis reviews for high-profile energy storage projects, and with a great understanding of safety standards, codes, and best practices. Furthermore, he has extensive experience in UL9540A test result, explosion risk, and gas dispersion analyses. Additionally, Mr. Kassamali has performed microgrid techno-economic assessments, and microgrid modeling. He earned his B.S. in Energy Engineering from Pennsylvania State University

KJ Plank

KJ is the Senior Director of Product at Powin, a battery technology leader with plans to safely deploy over 3GWh of grid-scale storage by 2022. He has more than a decade of experience in energy, including time at Doosan GridTech where he guided the development of DER control software and oversaw multiple ESS deployments. Prior to that, KJ helped form the utility-scale storage strategy at Edison International. KJ studied engineering at Stanford, business at Northwestern, and served for several years aboard nuclear submarines in the United States Navy.

Joel Vyduna

Since 2004, Mr. Vyduna has held several technical, commercial, and management positions in the energy storage, renewables, bioenergy, and conventional power industries. He currently leads Luminate’s energy storage practice where he has managed independent engineering reviews, provided construction monitoring, conducted emerging technology evaluations, and provided development advisory services for over 2 GW of energy storage projects and several GW of power generation projects. Prior to joining Luminate, Mr. Vyduna held various leadership positions for Kiewit Power in the United States and Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management with Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Emphases from Purdue University.

C. Michael Hoff

Michael Hoff has over 30 years of experience in electric utilities, uninterruptible power supplies, advanced energy storage, battery systems, communications, manufacturing and construction. He has led teams in research and product development at NEC Energy Solutions, A123 Systems, and American Power Conversion. At NEC, he started and ran the advanced research and modeling group, mainly focusing on the energy storage technologies, both present and future. At A123 Systems he helped start and manage the Pack and Systems division for A123 on a card table and a cardboard box. As this division grew, he sequentially formed and ran the Product Development, Safety and Compliance and the Applications Engineering groups. Before that, Michael served 18 years in various roles developing UPS products for the global powerhouse of American Power Conversion. This broad experience gave him exposure to energy storage technologies, power control, electronic controls and communications, manufacturing processes and the power market. Michael holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and power from Drexel University, and a M.S. in electrical engineering and power from Northeastern University.

Nick Warner

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Michael Worry

Michael Worry founded Nuvation in 1997 and has grown the company into a thriving electronic products and engineering services firm with offices in Sunnyvale, California and Waterloo, Ontario Canada. He is the CEO and CTO of Nuvation Energy, a provider of battery management systems and engineering design solutions for large-scale energy storage. Michael has been a hands-on engineer throughout his career. He is deeply involved in battery management and energy storage system design and can often be found working on energy storage system installations at client sites.

Marshall Worth

Mr. Worth is a Senior Product Manager for PowerSecure, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company. PowerSecure is a turn-key provider of basic and advanced microgrids in North America. Mr. Worth has led efforts in energy solutions for the US Army and Marines, investor-owned and public utilities and private sector customers. For 10 years, he led the battery energy storage program engineering at PowerSecure and was responsible for all aspects of these projects, from contracting, design/develop/manufacturing to installation/integration and operations. He has participated and led efforts in furthering the technology readiness level of battery energy storage systems (BESS) and today actively participates in the national safety and reliability discussions of these systems. Marshall is currently responsible for the development of BESS (both software and hardware) at PowerSecure and the integration of new generation technology into its traditional offerings. He is also responsible for the development of advanced AI/Analytical techniques which aid in the dispatch of energy and provide insight into the health and safety of these systems. Marshall holds a BSEE from the University of Colorado, with more than 10 years of experience in the industry.

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