Capture the Energy!

NY-BEST’s signature event:  Capture the Energy 2014 is just around the corner.  This must-attend conference is taking place March 12th-13th in Troy, New York,  and will feature some of the biggest names in energy storage, timely industry insights and excellent networking opportunities. 

The meeting will feature keynote addresses from corporate leaders in energy storage, roundtable discussions with influential policy makers and informative panels on technology, policy, markets and financing.  It will also once again feature the annual meeting of NY-BEST.

The first day of the conference will focus on markets and policies affecting energy storage.  Mark Little from GE Global Research will kick us off with a keynote address focusing on how GE is capitalizing on the growing energy storage industry. Next, attendees will hear from leading expert analysts from Lux Research and Navigant Research who will share their analysis and insights on the current state of the energy storage industry, as well as key opportunities for future growth in this rapidly evolving field. 

Senior managers for the California PUC, ConEdison of NY, AES Energy Storage and GE will discuss new and expanding markets for energy storage here in the US, in New York and globally. This discussion will be followed by a panel session exploring successful deployment of energy storage and renewable energy, with senior speakers from S&C Electric, Tesla, LG Chem, GE and GreenCharge Networks presenting. 

Hugo van Nispen, from DNV GL will provide our afternoon keynote address, highlighting the work DNV GL is doing to advance the energy storage industry.

The final session of the first day will feature leaders from New York’s energy-related agencies, including Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the NYS Public Service Commission, John Rhodes, President and CEO of NYSERDA, Gil Quiniones, President and CEO of New York Power Authority and Rick Gonzales, Senior VP from the NYISO who will discuss the factors influencing the future direction for New York’s electric grid, the role for energy storage, and the steps being taken to stimulate markets through policy decisions and other actions at the State level.

The second day of the conference will focus on technology advancements and funding opportunities.  We’ll kick off the day with a Keynote address from Leslie Whatley, the Executive Director of the new Start-Up NY Program who will provide an overview or the program and discuss how universities and companies can participate. 

Battery safety and testing will be the focus of an expert panel later that morning featuring speakers from Sandia National Lab, DNV GL, PEC North America and the BEST Test & Commercialization Center who will provide an objective and informative overview of the latest developments in battery safety and testing.  In a parallel session, experts in the fuel cell industry from Watt Fuel Cell, Solid Cell, Plug Power and the US Department of Energy will discuss growing markets, applications and advancements in the technology. 

The next session will feature the work of New York companies and organizations, including Oak Mitsui, Hollingsworth & Vose, RIT and RPI that are involved in the manufacture and prototyping of energy storage technologies.   A parallel session will focus on thermal and mechanical energy storage and will include speakers from CALMAC, PowerPHASE, and Ice Energy who will discuss the latest developments in, as well as the growing markets and applications for, these technologies. 

The conference will conclude with a final session focused on funding opportunities for energy storage related companies.  It will feature experts from the state and federal government who will provide information and updates on the funding outlook for 2014 and beyond.

In addition to the 2-day conference, NY-BEST is also offering a Pre-Conference Seminar featuring two short courses designed to give you a good introduction and overview of Electrochemistry, Power Electronics and the Interface to the Electricity Grid in a single afternoon the day before the conference (March 11th). These courses are designed for technical and business professionals who are interested in sharpening their knowledge of these subjects. They will be presented by professors from Cornell and RPI and are designed to provide a good working understanding of these topics.

There is increasing emphasis on finding ways to modernize and strengthen the electric grid, install clean renewable energy, and green our transportation system.   Batteries and other energy storage technologies will play a vital part in achieving these goals.  This year’s Capture the Energy event will bring together leaders from across the energy storage field and bring you up to date on this important topic.  Please come and join the discussion!

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