Advanced Battery Storage

Advanced Battery Storage

July 11-12, 2023 | Kansas City, MO :: Central Time

“Was a great training session and questioned were answered.” Site Manager – Corazon, BayWa r.e.

“Speakers were great, engaged, knowledgeable, and responsive to questions.” Energy Storage Mechanical Engineer, IEA

“The course is great for back office staff who want to know more about BESS systems. Not technical at all and looks at it from a business case perspective and what makes sense with different applications. I wouldn’t recommend the course for technicians who want to gain technical knowledge as that part was missing but briefly talks about O&M and things to think about. Overall, a good course and nice to brush up your skills.” Senior Operations Manager, BayWa r.e.

The increasing competitiveness and critical role of battery energy storage assets in supporting the decarbonization and resilience of the electricity system means that opportunities for energy storage will continue to develop for many years. Continued support from utility regulators and operators are enabling energy storage to realize its enormous potential, while falling prices have made battery energy storage competitive for many applications both on and off the grid.

Storage has multiple application characteristics, underscoring the need for different batteries and technologies. This advanced battery storage course will provide an in-depth overview of energy storage ecosphere, including:

  • Various types of batteries and their characteristics
  • Projected battery life, performance, and costs
  • Battery storage applications
  • Utility scale implementations
  • Safety
  • Design considerations
  • Use cases
  • End-of-life options
  • The future of storage

Join us at the Burns & McDonnel World Headquarters in Kansas City or attend online and gain the insight you and your team need to stay competitive in this evolving space.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify different types of batteries and design considerations for each
  • Discuss the various battery chemistry characteristics
  • Discuss necessary safety hazards that need to be considered
  • Identify the major components in a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)
  • Discuss the different battery storage applications
  • Review various battery storage use cases
  • Examine the difference in efficiencies of AC/DC coupled systems
  • Review end-of-life options for batteries including recycling and refurbishing
  • Discuss the future of energy storage



Tuesday, July 11, 2023 : Central Time

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast / Check In

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Online Log In

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

9:00 – 9:20 a.m. :: Overview & Introductions

9:20 – 10:30 a.m. :: Long Duration Batteries

  • Battery chemistry
    • Matching the chemistry to the application
    • Characteristics
    • Charge rates
    • Diversity of chemistry – 200+ and counting (periodic table illustration)

Lithium-ion BESS

  • How they work
  • BESS safety
  • Family of chemistries – each with different characteristics

Flow batteries

  • Redux
  • Plating
  • Organic and Others

Other battery technologies

  • Advanced lead-based batteries
  • Sodium, fluorine, etc.
  • Hydrogen

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Design Considerations

  • Common Characteristics
  • Projected life
  • Performance

Safety Dimensions

  • Battery scorecards
  • NEC 855
  • IEEE 1547 and UL 1741
  • UL9540 and 9540A
  • Fire protection systems
  • Navigating the safety standards
  • Industry Lessons Learned

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Major Components in a BESS

  • A graphic representation of a typical BESS
  • Batteries
  • Environmental systems (HVAC, etc.)
  • Fire suppression
  • Inverters
  • Step-up transformers
  • Secondary containment
  • Controllers
  • Housings
  • Battery management system
  • Energy management systems

2:45 – 3:00 pm :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Battery Storage Applications

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

4:30 p.m. :: Program Adjourns for Day

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 : Central Time

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Online Log In

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

    9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Building a Business Case

    • Typical benefit categories
    • Regional interconnection differences


    • Initial capital costs
    • Soft costs of initial placement (e.g., design, permits, etc.)
    • Interconnection
    • Operations & maintenance

    10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

    10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Scoping & Scale

    • Utility-scale implementation
      • Lessons learned
      • Addressing local constraints and systems
      • How to avoid impacting end users
    • System resiliency
      • Redundancy
      • Back-up power/UPS
    • AC/DC coupled systems
      • Differences in efficiency

    12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

    1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Operational Aspects

    • Design considerations
      • Li-Ion and other “square” batteries
      • Flow batteries
    • Implementation
      • Typical work plan at a high level
      • Typical timelines
      • Case studies
    • Operational risks
    • Conducting inspections and maintenance
      • Service agreements
      • O&M agreement challenges

    2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

    3:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: The Storage Ecosystem

    • Refurbishing & decommissioning
      • Recycling industry and practices (current and future)
      • Environmental considerations
    • Integrators and EPCs
      • Contracting strategies
      • Integrators – what they do and value they bring
    • The future of battery storage
      • What’s next

    4:30 p.m. :: Program Adjournment


    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.


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    9450 Ward Pkwy

    Kansas City, MO 64114

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    Advanced Battery Storage

    July 11-12, 2023 | Kansas City, MO
    Individual attendee(s) - $ 1695.00 each
    - OR - I choose to attend remotely
    Individual remote connections(s) - $ 1695.00 each

    Volume pricing available for remote connections

    Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

    Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,980.00 (20% discount)
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    Instructional Methods

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

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    Course CPE Credits: 14.0
    There is no prerequisite for this Course.
    Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
    Program Level: Basic
    Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
    Advanced Preparation: None

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    Who Should Attend

    Individuals working in the following areas will benefit from attending this event:

    • Distributed level renewable energy project developers
    • Grid level renewable energy project developers
    • Utility management
    • Technical staff
    • Regulators
    • RTOs/ISOs
    • Consultants
    • Equipment manufacturers
    • Renewable systems
    • Solicitation / Procurement staff
    • Resource Planning staff
    • Transmission staff
    • Distribution staff
    • Regulatory staff
    • Storage vendors

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