Advanced Battery Storage

Advanced Battery Storage

December 14-15, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

“I consider myself as an ES SME. Was pleasantly surprised by how much I learned, given that I am already knowledgeable about ESSs and ES technology.” Lead Engineer, Solar and Energy Storage, Booz Allen Hamilton

“The course was able to cover most of the important topics on energy storage, including new technologies. Super recommended.” PV Development Engineer, Lightsource BP

“Great overview of all energy storage technologies and applications.” Project Manager, Indeck Energy

The COVID-19 impact on global economies and industries will still be felt for a long time even though life has started to return to some sense of normalcy. However, 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 continue to develop despite the turmoil caused by the pandemic.

Utility regulators and operators are rebuilding the bulk power system to make it more resilient and better able to accommodate higher penetration levels of variable renewable generation. One of the prime movers in this energy transformation is the rapid advancement of 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 advanced course will provide an in-depth overview of the various types of long duration batteries and address things you need to consider such as battery characteristics, projected life, performance, and costs.  This course also covers battery storage applications, utility scale implementations, safety, design considerations, use cases, system resiliency and the future of 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



Tuesday, December 14, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome, Overview and Introductions

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Course Timing

Energy Storage Overview

  • History
  • Energy storage comparison
    • Compressed air
    • Liquid air
    • Super capacitors
    • Flywheels
    • SMES

Battery market

  • Cost

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.
  • Design considerations
    • Common characteristics
    • Projected life
    • Performance
  • Safety
    • Battery scorecards
    • NEC 855
    • IEEE 1547 and UL 1741
    • UL9540 and 9540A
    • Fire protection systems
    • Navigating the safety standards
    • Industry lessons learned
  • 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.)
    • Fire suppression
    • Inverters
    • Step-up transformers
    • Secondary containment
    • Controllers
    • Housings
    • Battery management system
    • Energy management systems
    • Market participation systems
    • Substation

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

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

Building a Business Case

  • Typical benefit categories
  • Regional differences
    • PJM
    • ERCOT
    • CAISO
    • Other regions


  • 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 & maintenance
    • Key issues
    • Augmentation
    • 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

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

Refurbishing and/or Decommissioning

  • Environmental considerations
  • Recycling

Contracting Strategies

The Future of Battery Storage

  • What’s next

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.

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.

Online Delivery

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.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • 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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Instructional Methods

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

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