Grid-Scale Energy Storage: Technological Innovations, Applications, and the Emerging Market

Tuesday July 27 2010, 8:30- 11:30am

Meeting in San Francisco

Energy storage holds value for the grid by way of improved stabilty, power quality, and reliability of supply. Energy storage is widely considered the holy-grail, or missing link, of the grid, and thanks to recent trends surrounding the proliferation of the smart-grid and renewable energies, demand for grid-scale energy storage is on the rise. Addressing the multiple applications and technologies for grid-scale energy storage, we ask: how do we reach a low-cost, high-efficiency energy storage system and, more far-reaching, how do we close the loop between supply (storage technologies) and demand?


This seminar will bring together energy storage technology companies, renewable energy companies, electricity companies, and investors.


8:30am           Reception, Networking and Continental Breakfast

8:50am           Welcome/Introduction

9:00am           Panel Discussion Begins



  • Definition of energy storage; progress of technologies to date.
  • What are the most promising emerging technologies?
  • Where is the innovation coming from? Where is the funding coming from?



  • Addressing: frequency regulation (power-oriented), peak shaving (load-shifting), ancillary services, and etc.
  • Asking: what is the purpose/benefits to the grid? The economic viability? The applicable technologies? The implementation/grid integration strategies?


Intermittent Renewables

  • How does energy storage support the intregration of renewables to the grid (spinning reserve support, transmission curtailment reduction, time shifting)?
  • How do applications differ for wind farms vs. solar?
  • What are the financial advantages (storage to lower the price of renewables intregration, energy arbitrage, and etc.)?


Comparing Energy Storage Technologies

  • On what dimensions are grid-scale energy storage technologies assessed?  How do technologies compare in meeting these demands/criteria (energy density, space, life span, reliability, etc.)?
  • What technologies are closest to reaching commercialization? Why?
  • Which technologies are cost-competitive?
  • What technologies are the most environmentally sound? The most socially acceptable? Why?


The Market

  • What are the market requirements for energy storage technologies?
  • Comparison to international energy storage markets (Europe, Japan, etc.)?
  • Market projections

The Big Question

  • What regulatory climate will support the emerging energy storage market?


10:30am          End of Panel Discussion: Q & A from audience

11:00am          Networking

11:30am          End of Seminar





Primus Power, Mr. Rick Winter, CEO

MegaWatt Storage Farms, Dr. Ed Cazalet, Co-Founder and Vice President

EnerVault, Dr. Craig Horne, CEO 

Velkess Inc. Mr. Bill Gray, CEO

Vantage Point Venture Partners, Mr. Mark Platshon, Partner



Greentech Media, Eric Wesoff, Senior Analyst


Meet the Panel


Location:  Garden Court Hotel @ 520 Cowper St. in Palo Alto, CA. Room: Grove III. 

-Driving directions: From 101 (North or South): Exit University Avenue, go west. Make a left onto Cowper Street. Hotel is on the right-hand side in first block. From 280 (North or South): Exit Sand Hill Road, head east. Turn right onto Arboretum Road. Make a left onto Palm, which turns into University Avenue. Turn right onto Cowper Street. Hotel is on the right side in first block.

-Public Transit: Take Caltrain to the Palo Alto stop, upon leaving the train station follow University Avenue 0.4 miles (6 blocks) to Cowper St, turn right.  The Garden Court is half a block down on the right hand side.

-Parking: Complimentary Valet 


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30 personnes sont présentes à cette réunion, parmi lesquelles :
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Owens Design
Deeya Energy, Inc.
VP Product Mgmt & Mkt
Energy Technology Advisors
VC Negotiators
Management Consultant
Applied Materials
Chief Marketing Officer, Energy & Environmental Solutions
Pacific Environment
California Program Director
Deeya Energy Inc
Sr. Product Manager
Design Green
Red Bridge Ventures
Cleantech Group
Sr. Manager-Advisory
General Manager
President and CEO
EnerVault Corporation
Chief Strategy Officer & Founder
LightSail Energy
Corporate Strategy Intern
altaterra research
principal analyst
Vice President
Bessemer Venture Partners
Energy Efficiency Consultant
VP Strategy
CMEA Capital
Bessemer Venture Partners
GrowthPoint Technology Partn
Nordic Windpower
StorWatts, Inc
Leyden Energy Inc.
Dir of Engineering
Serious Materials
Policy Analyst
Pacific Environment
Legal & Policy Fellow
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