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Hindsight to foresight: Applying lessons from solar to battery storage

Battery storage for clean energy is one of the hottest topics in the energy industry. In some cases, lithium-ion batteries may have shorter expected lifetimes than other energy system elements like solar modules, and safety is incredibly critical for battery fleets. In this pv magazine Webinar, we’ll learn about innovative battery analytics tools and services that simplify ownership, prioritize safety, drive competitive differentiation, and maximize profitability.

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Battery storage for clean energy is one of the hottest topics in the energy industry, ranging from their use in grid-scale storage to C&I to residential, along with the automotive industry shifting entirely towards e-mobility. But batteries can be volatile in ways that the energy industry is still attempting to understand: in some cases, lithium-ion batteries may have shorter expected lifetimes than other energy system elements like solar modules, and safety is incredibly critical for battery fleets.

With well over 5GW of stationary storage installed in the US in 2022, and with new tax credits via the Inflation Reduction Act, the opportunity space for batteries is growing exponentially. At the same time, the seamless management of gigawatts of lithium-ion storage is not yet a solved problem among the many companies building portfolios of battery fleets. Value from these important assets depends on operational performance, and managing risk is at the core for all operators and owners. Yet, the industry is in the early days of operation and maintenance of batteries. As experience is hard-won and battery management systems provide limited support towards improved performance and prevention of issues, newer technologies are also supporting the industry’s growth.

In this pv magazine Webinar, we’ll learn about innovative analytics tools and services that simplify ownership, prioritize safety, drive competitive differentiation, and maximize profitability. Joining us for discussions will be Ted James, head of North America at Accure Battery Intelligence who will reveal how advanced battery analytics can offer operators improved safety and performance, accurate lifetime analysis, and data-driven insights. Mark Mirek, senior managing director at Brown & Brown Risk Solutions will provide insights from the insurance side of the equation when considering protections for clean energy investments. Ray Szylko, chief strategy officer and co-founder of Omnidian, will also join the discussions.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • Insights into the battery landscape and how value of these assets depends on operational performance
  • Turning field data into intelligence: how data collection, analytics, associated services can be leveraged for higher-level understanding of battery performance across a fleet and portfolio, and lower risk
  • Key learnings from the solar power industry that can apply to battery storage
  • How leading insurers and risk-managers support the growth of assets such as batteries
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Tristan Rayner, editor at pv magazine, will moderate this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.

Speakers

Ted L. James | Head of North America, ACCURE Battery Intelligence

Ted James is Head of North America for ACCURE Battery Intelligence. As an expert in renewable energy, Ted’s career has spanned national labs, utilities, and startups with a focus on decarbonization. Prior to joining ACCURE, Ted was the Head of Strategy for an early-stage grid tech company called Camus. Before venturing into software, he was a Principal at PG&E and also served six years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Ted received a BA in Environmental Science at Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the University of Colorado Boulder–Leeds School of Business.

Mark Mirek | Senior Managing Director, Brown & Brown Risk Solutions

Mark Mirek is a Senior Managing Director within the Global Energy and Property Practice at Brown & Brown Risk Solutions, a global insurance broker and risk management services firm. Mark serves as a renewable energy technology insurance broker and subject matter expert. He previously led risk engineering practices for Beecher Carlson and Willis Towers Watson (formerly Hilb Rogal & Hobbs). Mark holds a Professional Engineer (PE) license in Texas, and P&C Insurance Agent licenses in multiple states. Mark earned a BS in Environmental/Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Ray Szylko | Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder, Omnidian

Ray Szylko is the Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of Omnidian. Omnidian is responsible for approximately 2 gigawatts of commercial and residential solar power across 175,000 sites nationwide. Ray has over 25 years of executive leadership experience including as Managing Director of Advisory in Financial Services for KPMG, EVP with Washington Mutual Bank’s Commercial Division, Head of Product for Bank of the West, and as SVP with financial services provider, Account Now. In the solar industry, he transformed the global customer acquisition strategies for SunPower. Ray holds an MBA in Corporate Strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and an undergraduate degree in Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University.

Moderators

Tristan Rayner | Editor, pv magazine

After studying Electrical Engineering, Tristan Rayner turned his attention to editorial roles. Prior to joining pv magazine in 2020, he was managing editor of Australian sports site The Roar, founding editor of tech site Techly, and contributed to publications including Android Authority, AFP, ZDNet, and Lost At E Minor, among other roles.

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