Energy Storage in North Carolina: Where Are We Now?

Room: 207 CD
Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM EDT
This workshop will review the status of North Carolina’s strong and growing energy storage cluster.  Energy storage is beginning to penetrate the North Carolina market and the cluster has grown in both revenue and employment.  
Workshop participants will hear from the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) on the the most frequently mentioned recommendations for overcoming barriers to battery integration and where North Carolina stands on the identified key barriers and recommendations.  Following the NCSEA presentation, attendees will learn about the energy storage economic development opportunities in the state.  Alevo Energy’s decision to put its GridBank manufacturing plant in Concord has focused attention in North Carolina on battery storage. But for years, North Carolina has already been building a vendor, research and manufacturing chain for the industry that runs literally from the ground up.  The American Jobs Project recently published a report that shows North Carolina has the makings of a utility-scale battery-storage industry. 
Workshop participants will learn about Duke Energy’s storage pilot projects across the country.  These include a lead acid battery in the ERCOT region, solar lithium battery storage unit in Carmel, IN and a microgrid project at McAlpine Energy Storage System in Charlotte, NC, to name a few.  Finally, the workshop will conclude with a presentation on the research undertaken at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on the current effectiveness of different battery storage technologies.

Please note that this workshop must be registered for separately and an additional fee will apply.