Short Course #3 Grid-Scale Energy Storage
Jeremy P. Meyers, Instructor
This course is intended for chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and engineers to better understand the specific requirements for energy storage on the electric grid. The course will introduce students to the concepts associated with the "smart grid" and the demands that intermittent renewable power sources place on the grid from the perspective of distribution. We will then examine some of the key technologies under consideration for energy storage and the technical targets and challenges that must be addressed. Students will be brought up to date with the current state of the art, and review data from demonstration systems, experimental data from prototype designs, and some modeling and analysis. The following areas will be covered in this short course:
introduction to the electric grid and renewable power sources;
current role of energy storage on the grid;
location and deployment of energy storage on the "smart grid";
existing technologies for energy storage on the grid;
adaptation of secondary batteries for grid-based storage applications;
redox flow batteries;
high-temperature batteries for energy storage;
novel battery concepts;
materials and engineering challenges for grid storage; and
diagnostics and characterization techniques.
About the Instructor
Jeremy Meyers is presently the director of stack engineering at EnerVault, a Silicon Valley startup dedicated to the commercialization of redox flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage solutions. Prior to joining EnerVault in 2012, Dr. Meyers was on the faculty of the Texas Materials Institute and Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. While at the University of Texas, he was a founding member of the Center for Electrochemistry and received the Dupont Young Faculty award for his research on PEM fuel cells. From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Meyers was a staff engineer and research manager at UTC Power, a division of United Technologies focused on PEM fuel cell technology.
In 2006, he and his colleagues received the George Mead Medal for engineering achievement, the highest technical honor at the Fortune 40 company. His original research papers have been cited in excess of 800 times and he is the inventor or co-inventor of more than a dozen patents. His research has touched on simulation and analysis of fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, flow batteries, and the economics of grid-based energy storage.