Energy Storage 101

Energy Storage Fundamentals

November 7-8, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“Great fundamentals course. Covered tons of battery/storage topics that all apply to our green energy future.” Professional Engineer, QUES

This course will provide a survey of all types of energy storage, including definitions, technologies, applications and business models.  It will address the important relationship between a variety of storage media and their interaction with other resources on the grid as the power grid evolves. Content will also include the pricing and regulatory issues that impact how storage is deployed.  

In addition, the program will look at how (mostly) battery storage is providing services into wholesale power markets, how it is being used as a tool for utility system management, and how it is being utilized by end-use customers.

Finally, the program will address state-of-the-art concepts as well as challenges for the energy industry to successfully utilize, optimize and make sustainable energy storage as part of their energy portfolio and resource mix.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the history of the electric utility industry’s engagement with energy storage
  • Identify the various storage technologies, and the performance and cost issues related to each storage medium
  • Review methods of storage deployment to date, including managing peak demand, frequency regulation, demand response, demand management, renewables firming, hybrid generation, arbitrage, and infrastructure support
  • Discuss the issues related to dominant lithium-ion technologies, including cost curves, supply chain efficiencies, and potentially constraining limitations on cobalt
  • Examine best methods for implementing battery storage as a useful resource in utility portfolio planning, with specific reference to various utility projects
  • Highlight competitive market issues related to each storage technology and prospects for future growth with an emphasis on batteries, particularly as they relate to western markets
  • Discuss emerging use cases, with an emphasis on deployments in western states
  • Review platforms used to help aggregate and integrate battery storage into the grid


Tuesday, November 7, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Course Timing


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

9:20 – 10:45 a.m. :: Overview of Energy Storage to Date, Applications, and Its Growing Role on the Grid Today

  • Scope and energy storage definition
  • Caveats and due diligence
  • History of grid management
  • Why energy storage?
  • History of storage
  • Growing renewable energy generation incorporation of storage
  • Why storage will be required with intermittent renewables by 2035
  • Understanding the current mix of storage

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Types of Energy Storage

  • Long Duration
    • Pumped storage
    • Compressed air and CO2 energy
    • Batteries (non-Lithium-ion)
    • Hydrogen & eFuels
    • Gravity-based
    • Thermal
  • Lithium-ion batteries (multiple chemistries)
  • Flywheels
  • Supercapacitors

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: How Batteries Work – the Basics

  • Electrochemical cell and components
  • Examples
    • Non-flow batteries
    • Flow batteries
    • Hybrid battery, both types
  • Integration to form battery energy storage systems

Cost and Performance Characteristics of Energy Storage Technologies

  • Technical fundamentals – how each energy storage technology works
  • Understanding their potentials, limitations, and promising applications
  • Charging speeds, depth of discharge limitations, cycle lives
  • Costs and performance – current status and projections for key technologies
    • Balance of system costs
    • The importance and role of storage-related software
  • Market dynamics and competitive positioning – why lithium-ion is winning

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Energy Storage Technologies & Applications: Where the Future Is Going

  • Future technological development
    • Energy storage technologies to pursue instead of LIBs
    • Long duration energy storage
    • Hydrogen and movements toward zero carbon
    • All solid-state batteries
  • Ongoing energy market disruptions and projections for future storage deployments
  • Optimizing storage as a resource in the short- and long-term
  • Opportunities and risks – how to move forward
  • Impact of Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) and other federal initiatives

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

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Course Timing


9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Lithium-Ion Batteries (LIBs): The Primary Technology on the Grid Today

  • Characteristics
    • Multiple chemistries
    • Cost and volume trends
    • Impact of EVs
    • Supply chain issues
  • 2 US firms bucking this trend in LFP
    • Safety issues
  • General standards and practices
  • Some safety guidelines beyond the standards
    • Stationery energy storage systems recommendation

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ::

Lithium-Ion Batteries (LIBs): The Primary Technology on the Grid Today (continued)

  • Benefits (use cases) of energy storage (not exhaustive list) and the concept of value stacking
    • Grid reliability – frequency/voltage regulation
    • Black start capability
    • Transmission/distribution deferral
    • Peak management
    • Renewables firming and ramping management/regulation
    • Hybrid fossil generation (batteries combined with aeroderivative engines)
    • Self-storage
    • Distributed energy resource (DER)
    • Demand charge management
    • Time of use bill management, energy arbitrage
    • Managed EV charging

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: End-of-Life Disposition

  • Charging lifecycles for main lithium battery chemistries
  • Repurposing used EV batteries in secondary applications
  • Recycling of spent batteries (existing and future models; value of waste streams)

    3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

    3:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Miscellaneous, But Related, Topics

    • Solar AC vs. DC coupling
    • Storage and microgrids
    • The role of storage in the era of the smart grid
    • Community solar
    • Virtual power plants (VPPs)
    • EV to grid

    4:45 p.m. :: Course Adjournment


    Dr. Rahul Walawalkar leads the Emerging Technologies domain for Customized Energy Solutions (CES) globally, with expertise in the areas of energy storage, renewables, demand response, electric vehicles, and smart grid technologies.  As President & Managing Director of Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd., he founded the India Energy Storage Alliance in 2012 and continues to serve as its President, improving energy storage and e-mobility in India. He served as board member for Energy Storage Association, USA during 2009-15 and as the Chair for Global Energy Storage Alliance during 2018-20.  Under Dr. Walawalker’s leadership, CES has received numerous awards world-wide, including IPPAI Power Innovation Award for creation of India Energy Storage Alliance in 2016-17, Brad Roberts Award for outstanding industry contribution by Energy Storage Association (USA) in 2016, USAID’s PACEsetter Fund Award for MICRO initiative in 2016 & 2019 and CII Innovative Energy Services Award for Tata Power Demand Response program in 2012.  He earned a Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, master’s degree in energy management from NYIT, United States and B.E. from Walchand College of Engineering, India.

    Online Delivery

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    Energy Storage Fundamentals

    November 7-8, 2023 | Online
    Individual attendee(s) - $ 1295.00 each

    Volume pricing also available

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

    Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,180.00 (20% discount)
    Pack of 10 attendees - $ 9,065.00 (30% discount)
    Pack of 20 attendees - $ 15,540.00 (40% discount)

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    Volume pricing also available

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

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    Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
    Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

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    Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

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    Instructional Methods

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

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    Course CPE Credits: 15.0
    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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