Winston Chung Global Energy Center Holds Inaugural Energy Storage Technologies Conference

Panelists from industry, municipal and investor owned utilities, national research laboratories, and universities presented the current state— and future— of energy storage technologies.

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The Winston Chung Global Energy Center at UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering hosted its first annual “Energy Storage Technologies and Applications Conference” on Friday, April 13, 2018.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)—The Winston Chung Global Energy Center at UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering hosted its first annual “Energy Storage Technologies and Applications Conference” on Friday, April 13, 2018. The theme of the conference focused on two pillars of energy storage technologies as well as system integration, operation, and business models for energy storage across a variety of applications. Faculty, researchers, regulators, technology developers, community leaders, and utility/ISO experts discussed rapid changes in the arena of energy storage and renewable generation, along with emerging advanced technologies and business opportunities.

Participants included representatives from City of Riverside Public Utilities, SoCal Gas, Berkeley Lab, IceEnergy, EnSync Energy Systems, Maxwell Technologies, Southern California Edison, Primus Power, Bourns College of Engineering, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, Center for Energy Research (CER), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), PG&E, California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), and the Winston Chung Global Energy Center (WCGEC).

Keynote speaker Mike Gravely, Deputy Chief of the Energy Research and Development Division of the California Energy Commission, set the tone for the conference with the roadmaps envisioned by the State of California for energy storage and renewable energy. His talk detailed the trajectory and current status of energy storage in California.

Panelists from industry, municipal and investor owned utilities, national research laboratories, and universities presented the current state— and future— of energy storage technologies and applications in an efficient and reliable approach to supply electricity to end-use customers.

Discussions included finding paths to overcome challenges facing the industry, as well as the role of policy, technology, and business advancements for accelerating the energy storage market. Speakers shared their experiences with successful implementations and breakthroughs that enhance the performance and lower the costs, along with innovative monitoring, controls, and operation management methods.

One of the highlights of the conference were the student poster sessions. Teams of graduate and undergraduate students from many universities presented research on control approaches for battery storage operation and developing new applications, testbeds for energy storage integration, the coupling of energy storage and electric vehicle charging applications, design and analysis of advanced electrolytes for Li-ion batteries, developing new models for electrochemical behavior of batteries, and more.

An industry showcase, networking reception and tour of the facilities, technologies, and systems developed at the center followed the conference.

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