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:
Virtual Office Hours
Live Discussion and Q&A
The curriculum has been designed to allow professionals to fully grasp today’s most important topics, including:
Live Q&A and discussion following each session
August 11, 2020 | 8:45 AM - 2:35 PM (PDT)
|Session 1: Assessing the Safety and Performance Levels of Today’s Energy Storage Systems (ESS)
|Session 2: The Technical Readiness Level (TRL) Approach to Improving ESS
|Session 3: Key Safety and Operational Metrics for ESS, Supported by Safety Standards and Best Practices
|Session 4: Improving Thermal Management Systems to Enhance Safety and Performance of ESS
August 12, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
|Session 5: Using the TRL Approach to Improve Battery Management Systems of ESS
|Session 6: Improving the Safety and Performance of ESS as an Integrated System
|Session 7: Driving Future Improvements in Safety and Performance Across the Storage Industry
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Russ is a seasoned business developer, marketing and sales leader, and legal manager, with 29 years of experience in the energy storage, renewables, and electronics industries. He has a track record of success at GE, UET, and leading law firms when an attorney in private practice.
In 2018, Russ established the consultancy CleanTech Strategies LLC. The firm’s clients include Sandia National Laboratories as an energy storage program consultant; engineering and manufacturing company Hotstart with 78 years of experience providing thermal management systems for engines, equipment, and now energy storage; engineering, procurement, and construction firm Potelco, part of Quanta Services (NYSE: PWR), which will build the Horn Rapids Solar, Storage, and Training project in conjunction with utility Energy Northwest; and Advanced Rail Energy Storage (ARES), with a 50MW project in Nevada providing regulation services into the CAISO market. Russ is an energy storage industry veteran with extensive experience and relationships in the technology, engineering, manufacturing, services, people, and finance aspects of energy storage solutions.
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Kenneth Boyce, P.E.
Principal Engineer Director, Energy & Power Technologies
Business Development Manager
C. Michael Hoff
formerly with NEC ENERGY SOLUTIONS
Energy Storage Consultant
Technical Advisor, Battery Materials & Systems Group
PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY (PNNL)
Senior Director of Product
Senior Technical Leader, Energy Storage and Distributed Generation
ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE (EPRI)
Senior Technical Advisor, Storage Reliability and Integration
PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY (PNNL)
ENERGY STORAGE RESPONSE GROUP, LLC
Senior Product Manager
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.