Solar+Storage IE 2.0: What you need to know about testing technologies for your projects

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    Online - 1 PM EDT / 12 PM CDT / 10 AM PDT

Last year, DNV GL hosted a webinar on solar+storage due diligence and independent engineering which described the project finance landscape and the processes and procedures that are performed on storage technologies during the Independent Engineer review prior to project finance. As the market continues to change, our experts are also continuously adapting our approach to better address market needs. 

On May 30th, the project development and finance community was invited to a complimentary webinar to learn about the importance of product testing and validation during the IE review. The webinar also touched upon DNV GL’s accelerated testing programs, which are designed to generate project-specific data that validates technologies for large portfolios of solar and storage in project pipelines. 

As a result of this webinar, attendees understood the risks involved in reliance on generalized battery performance and lifetime data to underwrite and finance projects. Our featured speakers also explained how DNV GL can help give your project team confidence that your selected technologies will perform as expected, which can lower project risk and cost. Additionally, attendees got answers to these compelling questions:

  • How does solar+storage IE differ from industry practices in wind and solar? 
  • Why do I need testing?
  • How is the test data used?
  • How does this help the industry grow faster?

Intended Audience

  • Project Developers
  • Owners
  • Operators
  • Investors
  • Lenders
  • System Integrators

Featured Speakers 

Davion Hill Dr. Davion Hill is an energy storage expert managing DNV GL’s energy storage business for the Americas region. He is an Executive Board member for NAATBatt International, former President (2015) and Chairman (2016), and also serves on the Board of Directors for NYBEST.  As an energy storage expert serving the energy project development and energy finance communities, Dr. Hill has been principle investigator for R&D programs with ARPA-e, NYSERDA, the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the California Energy Commission, Dr. Hill also led DNV GL’s North American joint industry guidelines for energy storage on hybrid vessels in the oil & gas sector, and was one of several authors for DNV GL’s GRIDSTOR RP-0043.  As primary author on the Consolidated Edison Battery Energy Storage Safety report, Dr. Hill led an industry-wide conversation in 2016-2017 to address fire safety issues in energy storage. Dr. Hill’s expertise spans energy storage business models and project development, safety issues and integration, and long term performance to support warranties. In 2011 Dr. Hill was a co-awardee of the TechColumbus Innovation award for DNV’s analysis of grid scale energy storage via CO2 conversion, and also chaired panels for the National Academy of Engineers on energy storage across scales. He is an accomplished author with over 30+ peer reviewed publications and articles and acquired his PhD in applied materials physics from The Ohio State University in 2006.

Michael Kleinberg Michael Kleinberg is a Senior Consultant and Team Lead for Energy Storage in the DNV GL Distributed Energy Resources (DER) group.  Michael has over 8 years of industry experience specializing in energy storage, microgrids, and advanced distribution system analytics. He is the Primary Investigator for DNV GL’s Department of Energy ARPA-E NODES project, investigating the potential for customer-sited DER to provide stacked grid services, and is the Co-PI for the DNV GL’s ARPA-E CHARGES project, testing advanced chemistry energy storage devices. Michael is leading DNV GL’s technical due diligence efforts to support investment in both large-scale and distributed energy storage projects being deployed across the US.  Michael received his M.S and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in 2007 and 2015, respectively. 

Michael Mills-Price Michael Mills-Price is currently the Head of PV Inverter and Energy Storage testing services for DNV GL’s laboratory services division. In this role Michael oversees all technical, operational, and business development activities to promote more reliable and better performing products for end use applications. Michael works with developers, financiers, and product manufacturers to efficiently and effectively scope testing and analysis platforms to lessen risk associated with solar and storage deployments and broader renewable energy portfolios. Prior to his role building DNV GL’s PV inverter and energy storage testing businesses, Michael was the technology development manager for Advanced Energy Industries solar inverter business. In this role Michael was responsible for managing a team of researchers in developing new and innovative inverter and balance of systems devices for the solar PV and stationary energy storage markets. In this capacity Michael was the principle investigator (lead engineer) on multiple DOE Sunshot grants developing state of the art inverter and control architectures for improving grid interoperation while reducing product costs significantly. Michael was also responsible for the technical due diligence for mergers and acquisitions while at Advanced Energy. Michael started his renewable energy career in 2004 as the first electrical engineer at PV Powered, a solar inverter startup company which was later acquired by Advanced Energy. Michael was responsible for all aspects of inverter design covering residential, commercial and finally utility scale products. Michael holds a number of patents and peer reviewed technical whitepapers covering control, operation, and theory of power flow for both inverter as well as electrical distribution systems. In his spare time Michael created and taught senior level electrical engineering courses for Oregon State University (energy storage, electrical distribution system) at their Casades Campus. Michael is a registered professional engineer (PE) in the state of Oregon and actively maintains these credentials through continuous education as well as community outreach. 

Nick Warner grey background Nick Warner works for DNV GL as a senior test engineer with Energy Advisory Laboratory Services. He completed his Master’s work in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research working in and running the Battery and Energy Storage Laboratory. His work focused on second use of automotive lithium batteries in grid applications. In addition to his main work, he has assisted with and run projects involving the development of hybrid energy storage systems and state of the art algorithms for battery management systems.

At DNV GL, Nick has focused primarily on safety topics related to battery storage integration as well as failure analysis of energy storage systems. He has served as the technical lead on the Con Ed fire safety testing as well as other large scale testing activities and is actively involved in codes and standards development for battery safety. Additionally, he has applied his experience in battery testing to supporting battery degradation, performance validation, and failure analysis projects as well as the evaluation of materials for passive safety applications. These hands on skills are also being applied to the validation of state of the art technologies for deployment in grid storage applications.