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Choices. Choices. Selecting and deploying energy storage technologies

Advanced energy storage is poised to play a critical role in future electricity grids. Energy storage technology is advancing rapidly, as is our understanding of the various options for utility applications—today and for the future. With all the emerging choices and decision points to be made, how do utilities select and deploy new energy storage technologies?

The rapid trajectory of energy storage seen in 2009 and 2010 is expected to continue through 2011. This trend was fueled in part by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) stimulus funding efforts, which are now targeting 2011 implementation projects. The trend in energy storage is also fueled by on-going consideration in the U.S. Congress, and by the continued interest in applications related to renewables and electric vehicles, and an increasing focus on solar applications.

From a product and technology standpoint, KEMA has seen the following trends:

> Emerging technology firms have strengthened their product offerings but need to find revenue applications

> Large corporations seem to be targeting the market and bringing their experience from non-energy markets

> New technology concepts are being proposed, tested, and funded due to interest in the concept area

> Seeing Generation II Storage Technologies enter the marketplace

KEMA’s Rick Fioravanti and Dr. Ali Nourai are leading the DistribuTECH 2011 Utility University course “Guide to Selecting and Deploying Energy Storage Technologies.” The course will offer a summary of “first generation” energy storage technologies, and feature discussions on mapping technologies to current applications, and on testing and demonstrating storage technologies. 

Learn more and register for “Guide to Selecting and Deploying Energy Storage Technologies” – UU # 208, Mon., Jan. 31. 2011.

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