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David Miller

Vice President of Business Development, Greensmith Energy, A Wärtsilä Company

The Key to Unlocking Renewables as Baseload is the Software Control System

15.45 – 16.45 | Friday 14 June 2019

David works on development of energy storage opportunities with a focus on storage use case and feasibility analysis. Before he joined Greensmith, David worked as a consultant to the Energy Storage Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent electric utility R&D organization funded by electric utilities across the United States. In 2010, David worked with EPRI on Li-ion energy storage market valuation and due diligence. David has also appeared in front of the California Public Utilities Commission in the Permanent Load Shifting (PLS) cost effectiveness proceeding. David holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Stanford University.

Abstract Outline:

As the world moves towards high penetrations of renewable energy, energy storage is uniquely positioned in this transition. Energy storage’s near instant response helps smooth the integration of renewables, enabling the grid to emerge more stable and responsive. It can also play multiple roles, acting as both load and capacity depending on whether it is absorbing excess generation or feeding back into the grid.

But the real key to unlocking ‘renewables as baseload’ is the energy management system (EMS). This presentation will look at the coming wave of hybrid energy systems such as solar-plus-storage, wind-plus-storage and more. It will highlight what capabilities are needed for customers to predict the levelized costs of energy over a given timeframe and select the optimized mix of assets for their business case. It will also take a look into the near-term future, of what capabilities may be needed five to 10 years out.

Looking at case study from the Island of Graciosa in the Azores, this presentation will explore the value software and controls provide.

Key Learnings:

  • Why an energy storage software platform is critical to reliable service and effective grid integration
  • How a robust EMS is required for both fast and smart hybrid renewable systems
  • Exploration into both what software has achieved to date and what role it will play in the market’s future.