July 29, 2008 Clean Tech Batteries

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On July 29, 2008 at the Hotel Cabana in Palo Alto, Nixon Peabody and Moss Adams sponsored a panel discussion on battery storage technology. Susan Lucas-Conwell of SDForum and Jen Shelby of Astia introduced moderator Jim Chapman of Nixon Peabody. On the panel was Jim Kim of CMEA, Scott McGaraghan of EnerNOC, Sven Strohband of MDV, Rick Winter of DEEYA Energy and Seth Zimring of PG&E.

These days, batteries have to be included. Energy storage touches everything we do. It determines how long our cell phones will last and how far our hybrid cars will go. Getting the power in, holding it there and getting it out depends on electrochemical, mechanical and thermal limits.

By their very nature coal, oil and natural gas can be stored and delivered on demand. Most alternative energy needs storage before delivery. California has an extensive system of reservoirs and hydroelectric dams which shoulders most of the traditional or water storage for electrical energy. Unfortunately climate change has made precipitation and the power it supplies more uncertain. Wind power is generated mainly at night so it must be stored until daylight. Solar power must be stored for those cloudy days.

Establishing a national energy storage grid might take out the highs and lows in market demand. It might also make renewable energy more economically viable.

Rick Winter of Deeya Energy is integrating three distinct FlowCell technologies, including the world’s first production flow-battery – a 100kW/100kWh Zinc-Bromine system. He believes it can be scaled for industrial use.

Here are some pictures from the event.

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