Energy Storage @PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is proud to launch a new webinar series featuring the Laboratory's foremost experts in energy storage technologies.

Click below to watch our past Energy Storage @PNNL webinars.

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Throughout the spring and summer PNNL will host the Energy Storage @PNNL webinar series. Webinar series will cover energy storage safety, flow battery research, flow battery research, reliability testing, energy storage valuation, energy equity initiatives, state policy, research and development, and more.

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March 31 - October 31, 2022

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. As your host, Vince Sprenkle, PNNL's Energy Process and Materials Senior Advisor, brings you topics ranging from energy storage safety/reliability and flow batteries, to energy storage for social equity and hydrogen as a long-duration storage asset. Webinars are free to attend and 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.

Upcoming Webinars

Challenges of Supporting the US Energy Storage Industry with Lithium-Ion Batteries

thursday, september 8, 2022  |  11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
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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.

Machine Learning for Energy Storage Materials

thursday, september 22, 2022  | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
Emily Saldanha
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.

Energy Storage Cost and Performance Assessment and Database

thursday, october 6, 2022  | 11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
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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. 

Silicon-Based Lithium-Ion Batteries

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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.

Previous Webinars

Vehicle to Grid

Thursday, august 25, 2022  |  11:00 a.m. (PDT) to noon
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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.

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Capacity Expansion Planning: The Role of Long Duration Energy Storage

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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. 

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Hydrogen as a Long-Duration Storage Asset

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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.

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Energy Storage System Controls

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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.

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Reliability Test Laboratory

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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. 

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Buildings as Storage Assets

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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.

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Energy Storage for Social Equity

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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.

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Trends in State Energy Storage Policies

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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.  

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Developing a Flow Battery

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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.

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Energy Storage Analytics

Di Wu is a chief research engineer in the Energy and Environment Directorate
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. 

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Energy Storage Safety Webinar

Matt Paiss, Technical Advisor, brings 28 years of emergency response experience.
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.

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