MDF Technology Innovation Day Agenda

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

8:30 - 9:30 Networking and Breakfast Session

9:30 - 10:00 Welcome and Objectives for the Day

10:00 - 10:15 Keynote: The Role of Innovation as an Enabler of Energy Storage

10:15 - 10:45 GWh-Scale Infrastructure & Long-Duration Storage: Pumped Hydro, Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES), and Green Hydrogen

10:45 - 11:15 Hybrids and Fleet Optimization

11:15 - 11:45 Mechanical Storage Innovations

11:45 - 1:15 Networking Luncheon

1:15 - 1:45 Thermal Storage Innovations

1:45 - 2:15 Advancing Grid Abilities with EVs

2:15 - 3:00 Networking Break

3:00 - 4:00 New Battery Innovations: A Range of Solutions

4:00 - 4:30 Closing Remarks and Reflection

4:30-6:00 Networking Reception

CESA’s commitment to innovation, and creating markets that encourage competition and a cleaner more affordable reliable power sector for all Californians is the foundation for this inaugural Technology Day. 

  • Janice Lin, Co-Founder & Executive Director, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) 

  • Mona Tierney-Lloyd, Senior Director, Western Regulatory Affairs Division, Enel X North America and CESA Board Chair

Bill Gross, Founder and CEO of Idealab, serial entrepreneur and investor, shares his perspective on the role of innovation in advancing the energy storage industry and achieving California’s clean energy goals.

  • Bill Gross, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Idealab

This session will showcase the latest in very large-scale energy storage solutions and their critical role in achieving a GHG free future.  

  • Terry Boston, Board Vice Chairman, Grid Protection Alliance and retired CEO, PJM 

  • Rich Walje, CEO Magnum Development

Energy storage is like salt – it goes well with everything and helps to optimize their use. This session will showcase the latest hybrid energy storage developments that are enabling existing assets to achieve a cleaner and lower cost operational profile.

  • John Chahwan, Director of Engineering for Clean Power Montreal, SNC-Lavalin

  • Hal Dittmer, President, Wellhead Electric

Innovative new ways at deploying modular mechanical storage are commercially available today.  This session will showcase the latest new additions to the storage toolkit.

  • Aaron Fyke, Cofounder, Energy Vault

  • Mark Stout, Vice President, Development Engineering, Amber Kinetics

Thermal storage has been in commercial use for decades.  This session will address the latest innovations in thermal storage as both a smart controllable behind the meter asset as well as an innovative in front of the meter asset.

  • Michael Day, SmartGrid/MicroGrid Deployment Lead, Trane

  • Gadi Sharir, Vice President, Business Development & Head of US Operations, Brenmiller Energy  

Gigawatts of energy storage capacity are being deployed globally …. On wheels.  This session will address the latest innovations in harnessing these mobile resources for grid benefit.

  • Ryan Harty, Manager, Connected and Environmental Business Development, American Honda Motor Company

  • David Schlosberg, Vice President, Energy Market Operations, eMotorWerks

Electrochemical energy storage is a broad sub-class.  This session will feature several new additions to the battery toolkit and address their application sweet spots.

  • Michael Carpol, Sr. Manager, Energy Storage, NEXTracker

  • Ramkumar Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer, NantEnergy

  • Matt Zedler, Head of Product & Application Engineering, Lockheed Martin

Audience reflection about energy storage innovation, and how this innovation should inform and shape California’s power sector market development and CESA’s Policy Day (Feb 27) 

  • Janice Lin, Co-Founder & Executive Director, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) 

  • Mona Tierney-Lloyd, Senior Director, Western Regulatory Affairs Division, Enel X North America, CESA Board Chair

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