Energy Storage 101

Live Streaming Online September 15, 2022

A Program

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Energy Storage refers to technologies that can capture electricity, store it as another form of energy (chemical, thermal, mechanical), and then release it for use when it is needed. Storage allows the flexible use of energy at different times from when it was generated. As a result, storage can increase system efficiency and resilience, and it can improve power quality by matching supply and demand. There are various types of energy storage with Lithium-Ion batteries being the most popular battery storage option today.

Storage facilities differ in both energy capacity and power capacity. Different energy and power capacities of storage can be used to manage different tasks. For example, short-term storage that lasts just a few minutes to several hours will ensure a solar plant operates smoothly during output fluctuations due to passing clouds, while longer-term storage can help provide supply over days or weeks when solar energy production is low or during a major weather event.

This fundamentals course will provide a useful overview of energy storage including the history, a market overview, the types of energy storage, use cases/benefits, dispatch strategies, load center congestion and where the future is going with energy storage.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the history of the electric utility industry’s engagement with energy storage
  • Review statistics on energy storage in today’s market and the evolution of the power grid
  • Discuss the role of regulators at federal and state levels in promoting energy storage
  • Identify the various storage technologies and how they work
  • Evaluate emerging use cases and the benefits associated with these use cases
  • Discuss dispatch strategies for energy storage
  • Examine the congestion component of your load center
  • Examine the future of energy storage pertaining to emerging technologies, long duration storage and future deployments



9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Central Time

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. :: Opening Announcements

History and Advancement of Energy Storage

Market Overview

  • Storage installations in the US in 2021
  • The evolution of the power grid and the growing need for energy storage
    • Growth in solar and solar production profile
    • What is the fundamental purpose of energy storage?
  • Regulatory framework
    • storage at the federal level
    • state and local policy drivers
  • Investment in the industry

Types of Energy Storage & How They Work

  • Electrochemical Energy Storage
    • Lithium-Ion batteries (NMC vs. NCA)
    • Flow batteries
    • High temperature
    • Zinc batteries
  • Mechanical Energy Storage
    • Pumped Hydro energy storage
    • Gravity storage technologies
    • Compressed Air energy storage
    • Liquid Air energy storage
    • Flywheels
  • Electrical energy storage
    • Supercapacitors
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Hydrogen energy storage

Energy Storage Use Cases / Benefits

  • Revenue opportunities
    • Resource adequacy / Capacity supply
    • Energy arbitrage
    • Ancillary services
    • Frequency regulation
    • Synchronous or Spinning reserve
    • Non-Spinning reserve
    • Voltage support
  • Energy Consumption Reduction Opportunities
    • Peak demand reduction
    • Time of use
  • Hybrid System Opportunities
    • Curtailment management
    • Solar / Wind peaking
    • Solar / Wind shifting
    • Solar / Wind firming
    • Solar / Wind smoothing
  • Resiliency and Reliability Improvements
    • Backup power
    • Power quality
  • T&D Support
    • T&D upgrade cost deferral
    • Congestion relief
  • Other Applications
    • Microgrid
    • Off-Grid applications
    • Mobile applications
    • Military applications
    • Residential
  • Technology vs. Use Case
  • Dispatch Strategies
  • The Congestion Component of Your Load Center
  • Where the Future is Going with Storage
    • Emerging technologies
    • Funding into long duration technologies
    • Ongoing energy market disruptions and projections for future storage deployments

4:15 p.m. :: Program Adjourns