Grid Energy Storage: Beyond Batteries


Innovators with breakthrough technology finally meet the scale and efficiency requirements of grid level energy storage. For the first time last year, investment in renewable energy infrastructure was higher than in fossil fuel infrastructure. With grid-scale energy storage, intermittent sources of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, become viable for the grid. VLAB will examine the technology and economics to make this transformation possible.

The global market for energy storage services could be worth as much as $31.5 billion in 2017, according to Lux Research.  Additionally, Pike Research forecasts that $122 billion will be invested in energy storage projects between 2011 and 2021.

Today, 99% of the global energy storage is pumped hydro, which is geographically constrained. Now entrepreneurs free us from this constraint with fundamentally new technology challenging conventional expectations of capacity, efficiency and product life.

  • Where are the best business opportunities for these start-ups -- at green energy farms? on the grid? or at the consumer’s home or business?
  • What are key metrics to make this economically viable, without subsidies? Efficiency, life-time costs, Capex?
  • Will advances in traditional pumped hydro and compressed air prevail over battery/chemical technologies?
  • Which countries are leading in Energy Storage on/off the grid?
  • When will these new technologies become profitable?
  • How and when will US utility companies get on-board?

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Eric Wesoff, Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media


Professor Jay Whitacre, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Aquion Energy

Dr. Steve Crane, Co-Founder and CEO, LightSail Energy

Haresh Kamath, Strategic Program Manager, Energy Storage at EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute)

Abe Yokell, Rockport Capital


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6:00 - 7:00pm  Networking and Refreshments

7:00 - 8:30pm  Presentation then Panel Discussion and Q&A


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  • Siejen Y.

    For those who are attending tomorrow's program, what are you most interested in learning and what questions do you have for our panel?

    November 12, 2012

  • Jeanne H.

    Thanks for correcting the location. It's McCaw Hall, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA[masked]

    November 7, 2012

  • Jeanne H.

    Note: The location has changed! It's at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA[masked]­ Please let everyone know!

    1 · November 7, 2012

  • Jose Javier G.

    One of our companies produce waste to energy, and provide electricity to a 4 million city and its subway; this is going to be a GREAT Event to keep promoting worldwide Clean Energies. Are you going to provide handouts ?, very restricted time for such an important topic.

    October 28, 2012

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