NY-BEST Energy Storage Innovation Conference

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Clean Energy and Energy Storage Technologies: Growing a Clean Energy Economy

Annual Fall Energy Storage Technology
and Innovation Conference

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Hyatt Regency in Rochester, New York


The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium is hosting its Annual Fall Energy Storage Technology and Innovation Conference on October 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester, New York.

Conference Overview:

NY-BEST is hosting a stimulating one-day conference on the latest innovations and technological advances in the rapidly growing field of energy storage technology, including:

  • innovations in energy storage technologies
  • new business models for energy storage
  • expanding market applications for storage
  • energy storage supply chain and manufacturing
  • energy storage testing and commercialization


Conference Format:

The Conference agenda will include informative keynotes, featured presentations, panels and roundtable discussions featuring experts in the storage field.  Keynotes and featured presentations are typically 15-20 minutes. Panel sessions typically include 4-5 speakers presenting for approximately 10 minutes each. Roundtable discussions will include a moderated Q&A among 4-5 speakers. Each session will have a Q&A with the audience after presentations have concluded. The Conference will also feature a company exhibition area, along with a technical poster session for students and start-ups.


David Sandbank
Vice President, Distributed Energy Resources
In 2014 David Sandbank joined NYSERDA to run Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion NY-Sun initiative and has overseen the largest year-over-year growth of solar in New York State. David’s past experience as a solar developer brought real market experience and industry perspective to turn the program into a true private / public partnership. Since David has joined the program he has brought about many changes focusing on programmatic efficiency, lowering costs for solar developers and making solar available for all New Yorkers. As a result, PV installed capacity has increased over 390% and costs have come down by 33%.

John Lochner
Vice President Innovation

John Lochner joined NYSERDA as Vice President, Innovation in 2019.   John Lochner founded Headland Advisors, which advises on and structures investments in sustainability-focused opportunities. As an investor in and advisor to businesses in water, energy, and sustainable resource management, he formerly served in leadership and advisory positions at Natural Resources Defense Council and Locus Energy. His experience in renewable energy includes work as a consultant to the Department of Energy, as a Board member, Treasurer, and Member of the Executive Committee of the Solar Energy Finance Association (SEFA), and as an investment banker in the Global Energy Group at Credit Suisse, where Lochner executed transactions across the traditional and renewable power sectors. He is a graduate of Duke University and received an MA from Harvard University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Sarah Van Cleve
Manager, US Energy Policy

Sarah manages Tesla’s US energy policy team, directing Tesla’s engagements with regulators and legislators on policies affecting the development of energy storage and solar photovoltaic resources. She guides Tesla’s efforts on various energy policy issues related to utility-scale and customer-sited systems, including resource planning, resource procurement, rate design, interconnection, and wholesale market design. Prior to her four years at Tesla, Sarah led energy storage policy at Southern California Edison where she helped guide the utility’s groundbreaking procurement of more than a gigawatt-hour of energy storage systems. Sarah started her career as a financial analyst in electricity and emissions markets working in operations, trading, and market design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UCLA.


Dan Bradley
Senior Leader
Navigant Consulting

Dan Bradley is a senior leader at Navigant Consulting who works with clients on strategy and transformation within the energy sector.  Dan is known for innovative approaches that help clients position themselves for growth as the industry rapidly transforms. Working on high impact strategy and regulatory engagements across the utility, investor, and manufacturing sectors, a creative and collaborative style has been key to his success during his over 20 years with Navigant.  Dan has authored articles and has appeared on Podcasts discussing emerging technologies, new business models, non-wire alternative, distributed energy resources and innovation in a century old industry.  In 2019, Consulting magazine named Dan a Top 25 Consultant in the management consulting industry.  



8:00 AM - Registration, Breakfast, Exhibit Hall
Continental Breakfast will be provided. Exhibitor Hall, Company Showcase and Student Poster Session Opens.

8:30 AM - Welcome Remarks
William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

9:00 AM - Welcome Address: New York's Economic Development Opportunities for Clean Energy Companies
Vinnie Esposito, Regional Director, Empire State Development 

9:10 AM - Featured Presentation: Accelerating the World's Transition to Sustainable Energy
Elizabeth Watson, Sr. Manager, Energy Development, Tesla

9:30 AM - Expert Roundtable: Future Focus for Energy Storage Technology Development - What Do the Experts Say?
Moderator: Ryne Raffaelle, Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology

George Crabtree, Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory and Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)

Dan Steingart, Stanley-Thompson Associate Professor of Chemical Metallurgy, Columbia University

Stan Whittingham, Distinguished Professor, Binghamton University

10:30 AM - Networking and Coffee Break

11:00 AM - Feature Presentation

Dan Bradley, Senior Leader, Navigant Consulting

11:25 AM - Student Research Poster Presentation - Lightening Round
Students will provide a one-minute summary of their poster to provide an overview of their research and invite attendees to visit their poster to learn more about their work

11:40 AM - Featured Presentation: The Key Role for Energy Storage in Meeting New York's Climate and Energy Goals
David Sandbank, Vice President, Distributed Energy Resources, NYSERDA & John Lochner, Vice President Innovation, NYSERDA

12:00 PM - Networking Lunch
A full lunch will be served. Attendees are invited to visit the student posters, company showcase and exhibitors. 

1:15 PM - Breakout Sessions

Track One: Session A - Advancements in Long Duration Energy Storage
Moderator: Tony Abate, Senior Consultant - Energy Storage, Customized Energy Solutions

James Bell, President & CEO, Viking Cold Solutions

Kenneth Brown, Managing Partner, Safe Hydrogen, LLC

Richard Riley, Business Development Manager, North America, Highview Power

Matt Zedler, Head, Product & Application Engineering, Lockheed Martin Energy

Track Two: Session A - Battery Testing, Safety and Management Systems
Moderator: Davion Hill, Energy Storage Strategy Leader, DNV GL

Stephen Cummings, Director of the Sensors Business Unit, Nexercis/Li-ion Tamer

Roger Lin, Vice President, Marketing, NEC Energy Solutions

Surya Moganty, CTO, NOHMs Technologies

Tal Sholklapper, CEO, Voltaiq

2:30 PM - Networking and Coffee Break

2:45 PM - Breakout Sessions (Continued)

Track One: Session B - Optimizing Energy Storage Project Economics

Moderator: Stefanie Tanenhaus, Senior Consultant, Energy & Environmental Economics (E3)

Ying Lucy Fan, Business Development Manager, Peak Power

Peggy Ip, Engineer Scientist, EPRI

Enrico Ladendorf, Managing Director, Pason Power

Dan Sowder, Principal, Sound Grid Partners, LLC

Track Two: Session B - Innovations in Clean Transportation: Electrify Everything

Moderator: Matt Fronk, Alternative Energy Consultant, Matt Fronk & Associates

Jennifer De Souza, Senior Director, Corporate Procurement & Strategic Alliances, The Raymond Corporation

Joe Fleming, Chief Engineer, Elco Motor Yachts 

John Hroncich, Regional Sales Manager, BAE Systems

Paul Mutolo, Co-Founder and CEO, Standard Hydrogen Coporation

4:00 PM - Breakout Sessions Continued

Track One: Session C - Battery Recycling
Moderator: Rich Delmerico, President, RD & Associates Consulting LLC

Tsering Wong, Investment & Project Manager, SMCC/Sungeel

Gabrielle Gaustad, Dean, School of Engineering, Alfred University

Kunal Phalpher, Chief Commercial Officer, Li-Cycle

Track Two: Session C - New York Energy Storage Company Showcase

Moderator: John Cerveny, Director of Resource Development, NY-BEST

Gabe Cowles, VP of Finance and Business Development, Urban Electric Power

Jon Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Viridi Parente Inc./Green Machine Equipment Inc.

John Olenick, President, ENrG

Shwetank Rana, iMperium3 Inc.

Chris Schauerman, Founder, Cellec

5:00 PM - Closing Remarks
William Acker, Executive Director, NY-BEST

5:20 PM - Networking Reception and Poster Session Awards

6:30 PM - Conclusion


Registration is closing Sunday, September 29 at 11:59 PM. Walk-ins are welcome the day of the event.









Hotel Accomodations: 

The hotel room cut-off has been extended to THIS Friday, September 20!

For our overnight guests, please make your reservation at a discount with the HYATT REGENCY Rochester by September 17, 2019 by reserving online: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/ROCHE/G-BENY; or by phone: 402-593-5134. Please mention the group code: G-BENY

If you have any questions, contact us at info@ny-best.org.  Thank you!


Note: Refunds will not be available beginning Wednesday, 9/25/2019. Please contact Ashley (weaver@ny-best.org) with questions.

October 2nd, 2019 9:00 AM   through   7:30 PM
Member $ 250.00
Non-Member $ 300.00
Academic, Non-Profit, Government $ 250.00
Start-Up $ 200.00
Student $ 60.00
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