By - Jon Brown

Advanced Battery Storage
May 14-15, 2019 | Austin, TX

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A radical energy transformation is under way today, one that we will likely fully appreciate only in hindsight. Utility regulators and operators are beginning to rebuild the bulk power system to make it more resilient and better able to accommodate higher penetration levels of variable renewable generation. With more wind and solar coming onto the grid, long duration storage is the holy grail in energy. One of the prime movers in this energy transformation is the rapid advancement battery storage technologies.

There are different application characteristics, which underscore the need for different batteries and battery technologies. Some chemistries or technologies are better suited for short-duration power applications, whereas others are better suited for long-duration energy applications so no one battery is the ideal tool for all applications.

This course will provide an in-depth overview of the various types of long duration batteries. In addition, it will address things to consider such as battery characteristics, projected life, performance and safety.  It will look at battery storage applications, how to build a business case, utility scale implementations and system resiliency. The program will address storage design, implementations, operational risks and the future of battery storage.


Learning Outcomes

  • Review battery storage and other types of storage
  • Identify the various types of long duration batteries, the chemistry and how they work
  • Identify the major components in a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)
  • Review the different battery storage applications including frequency regulation
  • Discuss the challenges associated with building a business case for battery storage
  • Discuss constraints and systems for utility scale implementations
  • Examine AC/DC coupled systems, what they do and advantages/disadvantages
  • Identify and mitigate energy storage design
  • Discuss the future of energy storage




EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this course and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.


Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

  • Storage
    • Process, non-battery energy storage, batteries
  • Long Duration Batteries
    • Battery chemistry
    • Diversity of chemistry – 200 + and counting (periodic table illustration)
      • How it works
      • Potential failure mechanisms
    • Lithium-ion BESS
      • How they work
      • Family of chemistries – all with different characteristics
      • Energy density (Wh/cubic foot)
    • Flow batteries
      • Most “market ready” vendors
      • Iron and salt
      • Redux
      • Others
      • Energy density (Wh/cubic foot)
    • Other choices in batteries
    • Things to know and consider
      • Characteristics
        • Roundtrip Efficiency (RTE) = Charge Eff. x Discharge Eff.
        • Min/Max State of Charge (SOC)
        • Operating and storage temp. ranges
        • C value
        • Available fault current
      • Projected life
      • Performance
      • Safety
      • Research – where is money being spent
    • Major components in a BESS – Containers vs. buildings
      • Batteries
      • Environmental systems (HVAC, etc.)
      • Inverters
        • String vs. central
        • Leading vendors (by MW installed)
      • Balance of system components
        • Combiner boxes
        • Battery power supplies
      • Housings
      • Battery management system
      • Storage management system
      • Secondary containment
      • Substation
      • Fire suppression
      • Augmentation plan
      • Replacement plan
  • Battery Storage Applications
    • Ancillary services
    • Warehousing energy – approximate kWh/square foot for buildings
    • Frequency regulation
    • Uninterruptible source of power
    • Technology
    • Logistics
  • Building a Business Case
    • Challenges
    • Modelling programs, techniques
  • Utility Scale Implementation
    • Lessons learned
    • Addressing local constraints and systems –
      • Codes and regulations – NEC 2017, NFPA 855, UL 9540 and 9540A
      • Containers vs. buildings – meeting codes and standards
    • How to avoid impacting end users

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. :: Course Timing

  • System Resiliency
  • AC/DC Coupled Systems
    • Components involved
    • What they do
    • Applications and use cases
    • DC/AC ratios for DC close coupled systems
    • Advantages and disadvantages
  • The Future of Battery Storage
    • What’s next
    • Ideal energy user profiles
  • Identify and Mitigate Energy Storage Design
    • Disconnect/Isolation requirements – containers vs. buildings
    • Coordinating battery available fault current with inverter/combiner short   circuit current ratings
    • OCPD required locations and interrupt ratings
  • Implementation
    • Modularity and consistency to reduce man-hours
  • Operational Risks
  • Overseeing Installation
    • Strategic wire management practices
  • Conducting Inspections and Maintenance
  • Assisting with Refurbishing and/or Decommissioning
  • Inverters
    • Short circuit withstand ratings
    • Quantity of DC busses (separate DC busses help mitigate short circuit rating issues)
    • DC disconnects included or is additional equipment required to meet NEC 2017?
    • Prefabricated packages (skids) – overview of available products (size ranges)
  • Controllers
  • Integrators

11:45 a.m. :: Course adjourns


Solar + Storage

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 


Over the past several years, the storage and solar sectors are more or less following a similar production trajectory – technology is advancing and costs are declining – bringing both into the power industry development mainstream.  Their operating characteristics are complementary.  So, while they’re both deployed in independent installations, increasingly they make even more sense in certain scenarios when paired together.

This introductory workshop will examine the circumstances under which solar and storage may be productively combined to improve the performance and economics of a project.  It will consider storage deployment in an original solar plus storage build scenario and in a scenario where storage is retrofitted to an existing solar installation.  Cost and value metrics will be evaluated.  Other factors evaluated will be how to size a battery system for solar, an investor cost/benefit scorecard (or decision matrix), use cases, internal rate of return (IRR) for different types of installations, and solar plus storage RFP best practices.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss how to determine the feasibility of a solar plus storage project
  • Examine components to determining value proposition
  • Assess the establishment of value metrics
  • Evaluate the typical configurations of solar plus storage
  • Review use-case scenarios
  • Identify solar plus storage RFP best practices


12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast 

1:00 – 4:45 p.m. ::Workshop Timing

  • Determining the feasibility of a solar plus storage project
    • How to marry the two technologies
    • Where it makes sense
    • Project/site-specific considerations
    • Evaluating greenfield and brownfield implementations
  • Evaluating typical configurations of solar plus storage
    • Independent systems that are not co-located
    • AC-coupled systems that are co-located but do not share an inverter
    • DC-coupled systems that are co-located and share an inverter
    • Tightly DC-coupled systems charged entirely by solar power that share location and at least one inverter
  • Use-case scenarios
  • Components to determining value proposition for …
    • Vertically integrated utilities
    • Assets bid into wholesale electricity markets, weighing
      • Energy
      • Capacity
      • Ancillary services
  • Establishing value metrics
    • Intrinsic value calculation of solar plus storage vs cost of other resources (mostly natural gas-fired peaking plants)
    • Solar w/dedicated storage vs storage that contributes other services to the grid
    • Internal rate of return (IRR) assessment for types of storage systems
    • Solar levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) vs solar plus storage LCOE
  • Solar plus storage RFP best practices

4:45 p.m. :: Workshop Adjourns


Will Porter, Senior Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

Professionally registered electrical engineer with 10 years dedicated to the renewable energy industry.  Expertise include PV and energy storage detailed design, inverter station product development, PV and energy storage contract review, site inspections, permitting management and utility-scale EPC project engineering. Experience includes support on over 1GW of PV and energy storage projects from development through construction and O&M.

Doug Houseman, Utility Modernization Lead, Burns & McDonnell

Doug Houseman is a long-time industry veteran who is a member of the Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC), chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Intelligent Grid and Emerging Technology Coordinating Committee, and a NIST Resiliency Fellow. He has been working on storage issues since 1980, when he was involved with several DOD projects.

Jason Barmann, Staff Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

Mr. Barmann is presently assigned to the electrical group of the Energy Division. His responsibilities include utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) design, electrical system design, electrical equipment procurement, load flow and short-circuit analysis, protective relay settings and configuration, and preparing electrical schematics for control and protection.


AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

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Austin, TX 78705

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Nights of May 13 – 15, 2019

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$209.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to April 13, 2019.

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