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Samantha Hilliard

Analyst, Clean Horizon

Procurement of large-scale battery energy storage systems: filling the gap between vendors and buyers

11.45 – 13.00 | Friday 14 June 2019

Samantha received her Ph.D. in Paris (France) from the Université de Pierre et Marie Curie with regards to material science on the topic of water splitting photocatalysis for the production of clean hydrogen. She previously worked at Total Energies Nouvelles, realizing techno-economic studies on the production of clean hydrogen by photonic processes and life cycle analyses concerning third generation photovoltaics. She completed two Master degrees in semiconductors device physics from the University of Oregon (USA) as well as nano/microtechnology from Ecole Supérieure de Chimie, Physique et Biologie de Bordeaux (France). At Clean Horizon, Samantha is in charge of hydrogen and power to gas topics as well as technological developments in the battery industry. She also manages the database, which contains over 1,000 large-scale energy storage projects around the world.

Abstract Outline:

As part of its daily activities, Clean Horizon follows large-scale energy storage projects to better understand the revenue streams in different locations, applications, sizes, technologies, and the major players in the energy storage market. Clean Horizon also supports energy storage buyers in their procurement process. A recent example includes the assistance to a renewable energy produce to procure several MW-scale storage systems to be installed on a Caribbean island.

From these experiences, Clean Horizon has observed that vendors and buyers do not always understand each other well, resulting in time-consuming exchanges and inquiries for clarifications from both sides. The aim of the proposed presentation is therefore to introduce the good practices with regards to the interactions between storage vendors and buyers as well as largest players in the energy storage landscape. The presentation will focus on a buyer’s perspective with the need for an adequate pre-evaluation of project requirements in terms of size (both power-rating and energy-rating) as well as in terms of planned usage is emphasized.