For the third year in a row, NAATBatt International in collaboration with other associations active in energy storage and battery technologies (this year CalCharge and the California Energy Storage Association) will present two advanced workshops on solar-storage technology at Intersolar/ees North America.  The workshops will be held in Moscone Center West on July 13, 2016.

The purpose of the workshops is to help NAATBatt members better educate solar developers and installers about storage technology and better understand how solar-storage can make their developments more profitable.  Solar developers are becoming increasingly important consumers of storage technology, a trend that is only likely to grow.  The workshops offer battery and storage companies an opportunity to spur on that growth and to direct it towards their proprietary technologies.

The morning workshop will focus on the business of electricity storage, with Sudipa Lahiri of DNV GL explaining the various strategies and business models that developers are using today to turn storage assets into profitable revenue generators.  Next, the workshop will examine six different types of storage technologies (lithium-ion, lead acid, advanced lead acid, zinc bromide flow, vanadium redox flow and nickel metal hydride) in order to help developers answer the question: “which storage technology will work best for me?”  Finally, Dr. Venkat Srinivasan of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will present a panel of emerging storage technology developers, who will talk about what new storage technologies are being developed in the lab today and how they may fundamentally change the economics of electricity storage in the years ahead.

The afternoon workshop will focus on the largest electricity storage market in North America: the State of California.  Alex Morris of the California Energy Storage Alliance will talk about the history of the storage market in California and its likely future.  A panel discussion, moderated by Danny Kennedy of CalCharge, will review the current 1.3 GW storage mandate in California and how it has been administered.  Finally, Mark Higgins of Strategen will lead a panel discussion, including members of the CPUC, the California Energy Commission, and investor-owned utilities, about where the storage market in California is likely to go and what new mandates and programs may be coming that will impact the business of storage in California.  The workshop will provide a unique opportunity to understand the past, present and future of the primary market for storage technology in Nortgh America.

As always, the intent of these workshops is to provide information to potential customers of our members, so the workshops have been priced at only $100 each—an absolute bargain in an age of storage conferences pushing the $2,000 per person price point.  If you have customers or potential customers planning to attend Intersolar North America, I would strongly encourage you to send them to the workshops, so that the knowledge about and enthusiasm for storage will increase.

Storage providers and battery manufacturers should also attend.  There will be great information about the storage market, particularly the market in California, that will be unique, interesting and actionable.  The chance to rub shoulders with a room full of solar developers interested in storage technology at the largest solar conference in the United States should also be good incentive to attend.

I look forward to seeing you next month in San Francisco.  Information about the workshops can be found at: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecmglzgoda356c9c&llr=5kjlyfdab.