The Department of Energy's new Grid Storage Launchpad at PNNL is focused on accelerating the development of new technologies and reducing the barriers for implementation. This new series, Energy Storage @PNNL, will explore how current research efforts are addressing these barriers and driving increased adoption of this critical technology. Webinars are free to attend and are an excellent opportunity to gain insights and interact with resident experts in energy storage.
All webinars are placed on our PNNL YouTube channel dedicated to Energy Storage. You can watch them here.
Expert Panel: Power Electronics as an Energy Storage Enabler
thursday, february 9 | 11:00 a.m. (pt) to Noon
PANEL MODERATOR: LEO CASEY (X, formerly Google x) and Charlie vartanian (PNNL)
Featuring subject matter experts:
Manuel avendano, senior manager at southern california edison
aung thant, an inverter-based resource specialist at the north american electric reliability corporation
pat hayes, director of U.s. transit & bus chargining solutions at ABB
For this interactive panel, Leo Casey, power systems lead engineer at X (formerly Google X), and Charlie Vartanian, an energy advisor at PNNL, will host three special guests who will discuss how power electronics are no longer perceived as a limiter, but rather as the enabler for an agile and adaptable next-generation power grid infrastructure. The panel will cover how appropriately designed power electronics combined with energy storage (ES) and ES+PV unlock capabilities that will be critical to integrating renewables, while preserving and even potentially improving overall reliability and economics of clean-energy supply.
Expert Panel: Long-duration Storage Policy and Economics
thursday, march 9 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. (pt)
PANEL MODERATOR: jeremy twitchell (PNNL)
Featuring subject matter experts:
Justin Raade, principal technical leader, electric power research institute (epri)
Julia Souder, Executive director, long duration energy storage council (LDEs council)
rachel wilson, Manager of strategy and market development, form energy, inc.
There is a growing consensus that long-duration energy storage will play a crucial role in a decarbonized electric grid. But how long will it need to be? How much will we need? And what technologies will provide it? Join us for a conversation with industry leaders—moderated by PNNL’s Jeremy Twitchell—who are working to answer those questions.
Expert Panel: Energy Storage for Social Equity
thursday, april 13 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. (pt)
PANEL MODERATOR: jennifer yoshimura (PNNL)
Panelist information coming soon
For this interactive panel, Jennifer Yoshimura, PNNL energy justice and equity advisor, will host communities that are participating in a DOE Office of Electricity, Energy Storage Program initiative called “Energy Storage for Social Equity” (ES4SE). You will hear from communities about their energy and community goals and their experiences working with and partnering with national labs—PNNL and Sandia—to help inform their decisions in short- and long-term strategic planning and implementation. Communities will share what they need from technologies and partnerships (government, local, public, private) to build and increase social value and equity into future infrastructure development.
Expert Panel: Code-compliant Fire and Explosion Protection
Tuesday, January 24 | noon (pdt) to 1:00 p.m.
PANEL MODERATOR: MattHEW Paiss
Featuring subject matter experts:
paul hayEs, fire protection engineer & General manager at The Hiller Companies, American Fire Technologies
Lauren Khair, director of business transformation at the national rural electric cooperative association
andy laib, SEnior engineer at fluence
For this interactive panel, PNNL technical advisor Matthew Paiss will host three special guests representing utilities, a fire protection engineers, and a top energy storage and clean energy technology company. Together, they will discuss energy storage safety challenges and solutions as well as the role codes and standards play in protecting against fires and explosions.
Energy Storage as a Transmission and Dual-Use Asset
thursday, December 1, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Jeremy twitchell, senior energy analyst
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a policy statement in 2017 supporting the deployment of energy storage for the dual uses of regulated transmission service and competitive market service. By allowing this usage model, FERC reasoned, revenue earned through market operations when the storage asset isn’t needed for transmission could be shared with customers and system costs could be reduced. But this approach represents a significant change in electric grid operations, which historically have separated transmission and generation functions into distinct siloes, and efforts by regional market operators to implement the policy statement have been, so far, unsuccessful. In this presentation, we will discuss a recent Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report that identifies a participation framework for dual-use energy storage assets.
High-Throughput Experimentation for Accelerated Energy Materials Research
thursday, November 17, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Witness martin and yangang liang, materials scientists
The ability of data-driven materials research to provide useful tools for scientific discovery and optimization has been demonstrated. However, the application of a data-driven research method to complex materials systems has specific hurdles, such as a lack of large-scale and high-quality data sets, appropriate algorithms, and the development of accurate/reliable prediction models. In this talk, we will highlight the development of high-throughput experimentation (HTE) capabilities under Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy Storage Materials Initiative to accelerate the data-driven energy materials approach. We will specifically discuss how we developed an HTE process for collecting large-scale and high-quality solubility data of redox active materials in redox-flow-battery-related media, as well as how we used our robotic platform to accelerate the discovery of non-flammable electrolyte recipes for lithium-ion battery electrochemical systems.
Gaining Insight into Lithium-Ion Battery Degradation
thursday, November 3, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Qian Huang, Materials scientist
Battery degradation/reliability, which is directly related to its lifetime and safety performance, depends not only on chemistry, but also on complex physical-chemical processes under diverse operating conditions. Motivated by PNNL's reliability investigation on lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) for stationary application, this presentation will shed light on the mechanism of LIB degradation using a calorimetric approach. In particular, a methodology for in-situ heat measurement of commercial LIBs under grid services is being developed in order to disclose the relationship between thermal characteristics and the degradation/reliability of LIBs and to reinforce the development of the LIB state-of-health model.
Silicon-Based Lithium-Ion Batteries
thursday, october 20, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Jason Zhang, Lab Fellow
This presentation will discuss the recent progresses on the development of high-performance Si anode using two approaches: 1. Development of micron-sized Si with a porous Si nanostructure by impregnating petroleum pitch inside of porous Si to improve its cycle life; and 2. Development of localized, high-concentration electrolytes that can largely extent both cycle life and calendar life of Si based Li-ion batteries.
Energy Storage Cost and Performance Assessment and Database
thursday, october 6, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Kendall Mongird, Economist and Vish viswanathan, chemical engineer
This presentation will cover the 2022 edition of the Cost and Performance Assessment, which continues Energy Storage Grand Challenge efforts of providing a standardized approach to analyzing the cost elements of storage technologies and projecting 2030 costs based on each technology’s current state of development.
Machine Learning for Energy Storage Materials
thursday, september 22, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Emily Saldanha, Data Scientist
This presentation will highlight work performed under Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Energy Storage Materials Initiative to leverage such machine learning techniques to support the development process for electrolyte materials. In particular, the presentation will also discuss machine learning approaches for data extraction from literature, molecular property prediction, experimental design, and molecular inverse design.
Challenges of Supporting the US Energy Storage Industry with Lithium-Ion Batteries
thursday, september 8, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Mark willey, advisor
The global lithium-Ion battery demand is currently outpacing supply and causing constraints in multiple areas, including supply of materials to support battery cell production. This presentation will review the current state of the market and the main U.S. manufacturers of cells and materials in the EV and non-EV space. Additionally, this presentation will cover the challenges U.S. suppliers face to support the fast growth of the EV market.
Vehicle to Grid
Thursday, august 25, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: christine holland, economist
This presentation provides a cost-benefit analysis of four grid services: 1) arbitrage, 2) demand-charge reduction, 3) spinning reserve, and 4) frequency regulation, when using fleet vehicle-to-grid (V2G) battery power. V2G technologies enable the bi-directional flow of energy between electric vehicles (EVs) and the grid. An aggregation of battery-stored electricity from EVs, such as those found in a fleet, could deliver a substantial amount of energy and act as a potential grid resource.
Capacity Expansion Planning: The Role of Long Duration Energy Storage
Thursday, august 11, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Dhruv bhatnagar, Senior Energy systems research engineer and patrick maloney, electrical engineer
The webinar will consider the deployment of long duration energy storage (LDES) resources using a capacity expansion model to meet future clean energy needs. Using the Los Angeles Basin as an example, this work considers the optimized deployment of LDES to support equitable energy outcomes and the clean energy transition.
Hydrogen as a Long-Duration Storage Asset
Thursday, July 28, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Jamie Holladay, Research Line Manager
In this presentation, we will discuss how hydrogen may be suitable for long-duration energy storage. In addition, we will review how electrolysis, a common hydrogen generation technology, can provide ancillary services to the power grid. Finally, PNNL’s research into electrolyzers and reversible fuel cells will be presented.
Energy Storage System Controls
Thursday, July 14, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring Sarmad Hanif, Engineer and DianE Baldwin, Project Manager
About this presentation: This presentation gives an overview of energy storage system control activities at PNNL, including the basic principles of the developed control policies, as well as innovative applications such as hybrid ESS with conventional generation. To address the challenges in this ever-changing field, Sarmad and Diane will discuss gaps in the current control capabilities and planned activities to advance ESS contributions to the power system.
Reliability Test Laboratory
Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring David Reed, Materials Scientist
About this presentation: This presentation provides an overview of the Reliability Test Laboratory established at PNNL to accelerate the development of grid energy storage technologies that will help modernize the power grid. Types of battery technologies under test, module size, general laboratory capabilities, and available on-site characterization methods will be discussed with the goal of understanding long-term performance and the reliability of emerging and existing energy storage systems.
Buildings as Storage Assets
Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring Srinivas Katipamula, Staff Scientist
About this presentation: This presentation highlights how buildings can be used as storage assets, the associated challenges, and the results from commercial buildings.
Energy Storage for Social Equity
Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Rebecca O'Neil, Advisor
About this presentation: The Energy Storage for Social Equity initiative selected 14 communities from across the country to explore whether storage can improve local resilience, support critical services and remote access, reduce costs to distressed communities, integrate more renewable energy opportunities, and improve environmental conditions. This presentation will provide an overview of the program and the work underway across the nation.
Trends in State Energy Storage Policies
Thursday, May 12, 2022 | 11:00 A.M. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Jeremy Twitchell, Senior Energy Analyst
About this presentation: This presentation will review how state policies are both driving and responding to the recent boom in energy storage deployments, and how those policies are evolving to consider emerging objectives, such as resilience and energy equity.
Developing a Flow Battery
Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Wei Wang, Materials Scientist and Director for the Energy Storage Materials Initiative
About this presentation: This presentation describes the development of new electrolyte chemistries at PNNL. Solvation chemistry of the different electrolyte systems will be discussed, which provides a greater understanding of dynamic interactions between solvent-solvent, ion-solvent, and ion-ion at the molecular level.
Energy Storage Analytics
Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Di Wu, Chief Research Engineer
About this presentation: This presentation will provide an overview of energy storage analytics developed at PNNL and various assessment and demonstration projects in collaboration with utilities and industry. Additionally, Wu will also share the lessons learned to date and discuss challenges and opportunities in energy storage analytics.
Energy Storage Safety Webinar
Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Featuring: Matthew Paiss, Technical Advisor, Battery Materials & Systems Group
About this presentation: As the cost of system balance can add significantly to the cost of a project, safety requirements in model fire codes or certification to product safety standard can put an end to a project or a small tech start-up. This presentation will explain the current safety challenges with energy storage safety (ESS), how the codes and standards seek to address them, and the remaining gaps in need of solutions.
PNNL is pleased to announce Dr. Imre Gyuk, Director of Energy Storage Research for the Office of Electricity, will join us for this webinar as we kick-off the event series.