Wednesday 14 – Thursday 15 June 2017 | International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia | 8am – 5pm Daily

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Catherine Von Burg

CEO, SimpliPhi Power

Catherine Von Burg

CEO, SimpliPhi Power

Catherine Von Burg is President and CEO of SimpliPhi Power, a technology company that designs and manufactures intelligent, non-toxic, efficient, energy-dense storage and management systems. Her career spans a diverse portfolio of strategic planning, policy development, executive management, and multidisciplinary team building. Committed to the transformation of the power grid and adoption of clean energy and distributed energy storage, she has conducted biomedical research, published white papers and spearheaded national program, policy and business-driven initiatives with organizations such as Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Institute, Columbia University, NY March of Dimes Foundation, John Hopkins School of Biomedical Engineering, Wilderness Education Association and First 5 Commission of California. Catherine graduated from Columbia University in New York and holds a Master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy.

Day: Thursday 15th June 2017
Time: 11.45am – 1.00pm Stream 1
Topic: Assessing system-level performance and costs of energy storage technologies

The process of choosing a battery storage technology often hinges on the type of energy storage needed, either for long duration or peak shaving, as well as how cheap the product is to purchase today, i.e. the up-front price point per kilowatt hour (kWh). What is often not considered are factors including safety, longevity, installation environment, maintenance, useful capacity, discharge/charge efficiency rate, depth of discharge, toxicity and other parameters that greatly impact the final analysis of the true cost of a useful kWh when deployed, across all chemistries and form factors.

This educational session will engage those seeking to understand how to analyse battery technologies at the system level, taking into consideration telling metrics such as temperature regulation, maintenance schedules, use of other chemicals/resources, needs for ancillary cooling equipment (HVAC), the amount of space a unit consumes and recycling.

Attendees of this session will understand how to assess the safety, reliability, efficiency, cycle life and rate of charge/discharge and how these and other performance metrics impact the true cost of different chemistries and integrated storage systems over time – be it lithium ion, lead acid, zinc bromide, flow batteries, fuel cells, etc. Each chemistry has its own intrinsic and unique properties that, when combined with an often proprietary battery management system and internal battery architecture, create a distinct profile that can be evaluated on a number of different and objective performance-based indices that directly impact the true cost, or levelized cost of energy (LCOE) .

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