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Friday, October 2, 2015
2015 Bay Area Battery Summit
Folks: As you all know, these are very interesting times in the landscape of energy storage. Batteries are getting cheaper, and promise to continue to drop as vertical integration becomes more common. We are seeing more EVs on the road and stationary storage, both on the grid and behind the meter, is starting to become part of our conversation. But we still need better technologies. Can we get batteries to last 25 years? Can we make them more energetic so that we recharge them less frequently? Can we get them to charge in 15 minutes?
These are important questions however, technology is only part of the solution. The business climate is changing rapidly. Startups like Seeo are getting acquired and I believe that this is the start of a new trend. I'm seeing more energy startups getting into this game after a hiatus of almost 3 years. I'm seeing more investors put money into batteries. Lawmakers all over this country are paying attention and starting to wonder how they can make a difference.
On Nov 3, we will bring together experts to discuss all of these aspects: including the present status of battery technology, lessons on how to succeed in the market, how start-ups can compete with big players, does policy help or hinder, what new innovations are important for investors.
With keynote talks, technology updates, and panel discussions, we hope to have an in-depth conversation on the status of the technology, the market challenges, and the role of policy. At the end of the day, we will have a reception with posters that showcase the latest in the technology.
Some of the Keynote speakers include:
David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Mateo Jaramillo, Director of Powertrain Business Development, Tesla Motors
Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, CalCEF, and President, CalCharge
Cheryl Martin, Former Acting Director, ARPA-E, Founder, Harwich Partners
Hany Eitouni, Chief Technology Officer, Seeo Inc.
George Crabtree, Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research
Whether you are an energy storage researcher, developer, policy maker, or investor, you will find the meeting to be of interest. So join us at this exciting event.