Energy Storage

Online example shown below, based on 4 x 3-4 hour sessions.

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Course objectives – is this for you?

This energy storage course is intended for those in business, commercial and strategically focused roles within the power sector.

You will leave with a clearly explained and independent perspective on how energy storage is transforming the power landscape. You want to understand where in the power system these changes are most significant and rapid, and how they create knock-on impacts elsewhere. You want to evaluate new opportunities and risks for your business, learning from illustrations and practices taken from a global perspective.


Session 1: Battery storage (technologies & deployment issues)

A clear explainer, for business people, of battery technologies and the considerations in deploying battery storage projects.

A business person’s guide to battery technology: what you need to know

  • The current status and key features of battery technologies (Li-ion, flow & other)

  • Battery performance and lifetime considerations, including degradation

  • Warranties and guarantees (and their limits)

  • Other system components (balance of plant and controls)

  • Technology selection criteria: what are the key metrics to consider?

Deployment considerations for battery storage projects

  • Trends in cost and a breakdown of project cost components

  • Essential project development and planning considerations (safety, location, grid connectivity and more)

  • Site selection factors, including renewable power integration (hybrid projects)

  • The pros and cons of adaptable project planning (and the contractual limitations)

  • How to plan for battery degradation

Session 2: ‘Utility’-scale energy storage for power system optimisation

Illustrated with examples from around the world, an up-to-the-minute briefing of how and why large-scale energy storage is being deployed in the centre of modern power systems.

Energy storage for grid operations & system balancing

  • Grid/ancillary services, including frequency regulation and synthetic inertia

  • Combining renewable power with storage to provide grid stabilisation

  • Opportunities from grid services liberalisation (and lessons from key markets)

  • Using storage to reduce grid congestion (‘virtual wires’ and ‘non-wires alternatives’)

  • Contractual arrangements and emerging business models

Energy storage for peak demand reduction and firm capacity

  • Energy storage as a competitive alternative to traditional ‘peaker’ plants

  • Examples of utility approaches to competitive tendering of peak and firm capacity

  • The role of renewables and storage in long-term capacity planning

  • Quantifying capacity requirements and competing solutions for peak power supply

  • Multi-service opportunities (revenue stacking) for utility-scale energy storage projects

Session 3: Distributed & behind-the-meter energy storage

Once again illustrated with examples from around the world, an up-to-the-minute briefing on the role of energy storage in power system decentralisation; including battery deployment both ‘behind-the-meter’ and within local distribution networks.

Energy storage behind-the-meter

  • Key disruptive trends, grid cost recovery challenges and new business models (including aggregation, virtual power plants - VPPs - and ‘sector coupling’ such as vehicle-to-grid, V2G)

  • Energy costs and other factors driving the uptake of energy storage at C&I (commercial and industrial) sites

  • Packaging energy storage as a smart energy service for corporate customers (‘EaaS’)

  • The role of storage within domestic end-use demand management

  • Key business model and deployment considerations for solar + storage behind-the-meter

Distribution network disruption: energy storage in smarter local networks

  • System flexibility requirements at the distribution level, including the challenges of demand growth and rooftop solar

  • Storage sizing and location options for peak demand management

  • Renewables plus storage for mini-grids, grid islanding and system resilience

  • Community energy storage as an alternative to behind-the-meter deployment

  • The emergence of ‘DSOs’ and new market structures (plus common regulatory barriers to them)

Session 4: Long-duration and alternative storage solutions

As power systems increasingly look towards renewable power sources such as wind and solar to provide bulk ‘low-cost’ kilowatt-hours of energy, so too do requirements for different energy storage solutions.

Demand drivers and trends in long-duration energy storage

  • Reviewing the market fundamentals driving long-term storage requirements

  • Renewable power growth and system inflexibility indicators

  • Quantifying the market potential for long-term storage: how long is ‘long’ and how much do we really need?

  • Examining levelized costs of storage (LCOS) in the context of long-term competitiveness

  • What is the business case?

If not battery, then what?

  • Reviewing existing and emerging storage options, including pumped hydro, power-to-gas, liquid air and more

  • A structured approach to assessing market opportunity for different energy storage solutions

  • Location-specific limitations and opportunities as crucial to practical project delivery

  • Hybrid energy storage solutions, including current examples

  • Closing summary: making sense of the complex energy storage market terrain

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