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By - Jon Brown

Advanced Battery Storage
May 13-14, 2020 | Online :: Central Time (CT)

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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
  • Discuss different battery chemistry characteristics and matching the chemistry to the application
  • Discuss navigating the safety hazards for batteries including fire suppression systems
  • Identify the major components in a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)
  • Review the different battery storage applications including frequency regulation
  • Discuss various battery storage use cases
  • 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




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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.4 CEUs for this course.


Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

You must be logged in for the entire presentation and send in the evaluation after the course is completed.

Instructional Methods

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


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Login and Welcome

8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break


    • Process, non-battery energy storage, batteries

Long Duration Batteries

    • Battery chemistry
      • Matching the chemistry to the application
      • Characteristics
      • Charge rates
        • Max charge
        • Discharge
    • 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
    • Flow batteries
      • Redux
      • Plating
      • Organic and others
    • Other choices in batteries
      • Advanced lead-based batteries
      • Sodium, fluorine, etc.
    • Things to know and think about
      • Characteristics to think about
      • Projected life
      • Performance
    • Safety
      • NEC 700-705 and 855
        • Fire suppression systems
        • Battery scorecards
      • IEEE 1547 and UL 1741
      • Fire suppression systems
      • Navigating the safety standards
    • Major components in a BESS
      • A visual walk thru a typical BESS
        • Physical batteries (e.g. Li-ion)
        • Flow battery
      • Batteries
      • Environmental systems (HVAC, etc.)
      • Inverters
      • Controllers
      • Housings
      • Battery management system
      • Storage management system/Energy management systems
      • Market participation systems
      • Forecasting and analytics
      • Secondary containment
      • Substation
      • Fire suppression
      • Augmentation plan
      • Replacement plan

Battery Storage Use cases

  • Top 10 use cases (what they require from a battery)
  • Wholesale energy market
  • Distribution energy market
  • Utility operation
  • Renewable locations (e.g. Solar+Storage)
  • Residential
  • EV charging
  • Critical facilities
  • Other

4:45 p.m. :: Program Adjourns for Day

Thursday, May 14, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

Building a Business Case

  • Typical benefit categories
  • Regional differences
    • PJM
    • ERCOT
    • CAISO
    • Other regions
  • Costs
    • Initial capital costs
    • Soft costs of initial placement (e.g. design, permits, etc.)
    • Interconnection
      • Typical timeline
      • Steps in the process
      • Studies to perform prior to considering an ESS
    • Operations
      • Schedules
      • Bidding
      • Key issues
    • Augmentation and replacement
    • Other costs

Utility scale implementation

    • Lessons learned
      • Dealing with startups
      • Hidden factors
      • Fire protection
      • Public perception
      • Construction issues
    • Addressing local constraints and systems
    • How to avoid impacting end users

System resiliency

AC/DC coupled systems

    • Difference in efficiency
      • Lower losses
      • DC coupled to generation
      • DC coupled to DC loads
      • Issues with arc flash
    • Components involved
      • Battery banks
        • Convertors
        • Controllers
        • Transformers

Design considerations

    • Li-Ion and other “square” batteries
    • Flow batteries


    • Typical work plan at a high level
    • Typical timelines
  • Operational risks
  • Conducting inspections and maintenance
  • Assisting with refurbishing and/or decommissioning
    • Environmental considerations
    • Recycling
  • Integrators

The future of battery storage

    • What’s next
    • Ideal energy user profiles

4:30 p.m. :: Program Adjourns


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.

Chris Ruckman, P.E., Energy Storage Director, Burns & McDonnell

Chris Ruckman is the Energy Storage Director for Burns and McDonnell’s Energy Division where he oversees the development of solutions to meet growing challenges for the electrical grid. An electrical engineer with more than 24 years of experience, Mr. Ruckman combines a passion for sustainable solutions with his deep technical understanding of the utility industry to develop safe, reliable, and cost-effective energy storage solutions. His experience includes electrical system design and analysis, protective relaying, and detailed design for new and retrofit power generation projects, microgrids, and black start.  He is a senior member of the IEEE PES Power System Relaying Committee and currently serves as the Chairman of the Black Start Generator Plant Protection Issues working group. He holds a B.A. in Physics from William Jewell College and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Kansas.  He is a registered engineer in California, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.

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.

Katlyn Meggers, Utility Planning Specialist, Burns & McDonnell

Katlyn Meggers is a Utility Planning Specialist at Burns & McDonnell, specializing in energy storage technology, power generation benchmarking insights, capital asset planning solutions (CAPS), power plant decommissioning, and due diligence studies. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas. 

Online Delivery

Our courses are designed to be the best possible use of your valuable time – get the information you need to improve your position in the market in an interactive, dynamic format.

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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