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ECS Short Courses

Las Vegas, NV | Sunday, October 10, 2010

Short Course #4
Grid Scale Energy Storage
Jeremy P. Meyers, Instructor

This course is intended for chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and engineers to better understand the specific requirements for energy storage on the electric grid. The course will introduce students to the concepts associated with the "smart grid" and the demands that intermittent renewable power sources place on the grid from the perspective of distribution. We will then examine some of the key technologies under consideration for energy storage and the technical targets and challenges that must be addressed. Students will be brought up to date with the current state of the art, and review data from demonstration systems, experimental data from prototype designs, and some modeling and analysis. The following areas will be covered in this short course:

  • introduction to the electric grid and renewable power sources;
  • current role of energy storage on the grid;
  • location and deployment of energy storage on the "smart grid";
  • existing technologies for energy storage on the grid;
  • adaptation of secondary batteries for grid-based storage applications;
  • redox flow batteries;
  • high-temperature batteries for energy storage;
  • novel battery concepts;
  • materials and engineering challenges for grid storage; and
  • diagnostics and characterization techniques.


About the Instructor

Jeremy P. Meyers is an Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas, he worked as a technology manager for United Technologies' fuel cell program, where he received the George Mead Medal for Engineering Achievement. In 2008, he received the DuPont Young Faculty Award. He is a member of the executive committee for the Center for Electrochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, and a contributor to the Pecan Street Project, a public-private partnership involving the City of Austin, Austin Energy (the city utility), the Environmental Defense Fund, and private industry dedicated to the demonstration of smart grid technologies at customer homes. To date, he is the author of a dozen refereed journal articles and 8 patents related to electrochemical energy system design and optimization.

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