The energy storage industry has been talking about stacking values for years now. But no company has taken this mantra so literally as Demand Power. Demand Power is developing a new behind-the-meter industrial energy storage project in Ontario, Canada. This project includes physically stacking two energy storage containers on top of one another to pack in as much capacity (and value) as possible in the limited space of the customer’s property. Demand Power is further stacking values by combining this energy storage system for peak load management with an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). This will reduce the customer’s overall costs while improving power reliability. DNV GL will interview the Demand Power CEO, Raj Chudgar, to explain the genesis behind this approach, its benefits, and how Demand Power is managing the perceived risks associated with these two innovations. The discussion will also include lessons learned from this project so more enterprises can benefit from this novel energy storage solution.
Raj Chudgar brings extensive experience in the wholesale (operations and markets), TDSP (Transmission and Distribution Providers), demand response, energy technology and retail energy space. Mr. Chudgar has developed and implemented successful strategies and projects at numerous clients covering all aspects of electrical infrastructure. He has spent more than 25 years in the electricity market with a focus on distributed energy solutions, renewables generation, energy storage, market strategy, and demand response solutions. He has spent extensive time working with end use customers, retail providers, wholesale providers, T&D, and regulatory bodies (PUCT, FERC, ERCOT, PJM, IESO, NYISO). He has been an integral part of the successful sale of his last 3 start-up companies.
Mr. Chudgar holds Bachelor and Masters of Engineering degrees in Chemical Engineering from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). He has published a number of market and technical articles, white papers and presentations on energy markets and energy solutions, and has been a distinguished speaker at numerous power, utility, technology and engineering conferences. He is also on the advisory board for Distributech.
Brian Warshay is a Principal Consultant on DNV GL’s Energy Storage and DER team. He has experience developing large-scale behind the meter and front of meter energy storage projects that incorporate wholesale energy market revenues. At DNV GL, he evaluates storage projects and products to ensure operational strategies are captured in financial documentation and meet regulatory guidelines. Brian supports clients developing strategies to incorporate energy storage into their portfolios and entering new markets with storage products. He is working cross-functionally within DNV GL to leverage team expertise to develop data management best practices and create thought leadership content. Brian also contributes to product and project technical due diligence reports on various storage cells, packs, stacks, and systems to identify risk on behalf of developers and investors. He has evaluated new storage and DER technologies, including fuel cells, and develops some of DNV GL’s greenhouse gas accounting strategies for DERs.
Mr. Kassamali is an Energy Storage Consultant at DNV GL. He has four years of experience in the energy industry at DNV GL, focused for two years on behind-the-meter and utility-scale energy storage technical due diligence He provides technical review of various battery energy storage products to manufacturers and developers, assessing systems' safety and performance. Mr. Kassamali is a battery energy storage safety expert that has conducted numerous safety analysis reviews for high-profile energy storage projects, and with a great understanding of safety standards, codes, and best practices. Furthermore, he has extensive experience in UL9540A test result, explosion risk, and gas dispersion analyses. Additionally, Mr. Kassamali has performed microgrid techno-economic assessments, and microgrid modeling. He earned his B.S. in Energy Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.