Introduction to Battery Energy Storage  

Education Type: 
1 Hour
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

Federal agencies have a long history of implementing storage systems--often paired with renewable energy--at remote sites with high diesel fuel costs. As lithium-ion battery storage costs have decreased, opportunities for cost-effective, grid-connected battery storage are emerging. This webinar course offers an overview of different storage technologies with a specific focus on lithium-ion batteries--including the use cases for federal sites, drivers of cost-effective battery storage projects, key battery storage policies, incentives, and markets, and battery storage procurement considerations.


Emma Elgqvist, Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Emma Elgqvist is an engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. As part of the REopt team, Emma's work includes providing technical assistance and deployment guidance on distributed energy technologies, conducting renewable energy (RE) screenings, evaluating RE and storage deployment potential, and resiliency benefits of integrating renewables in microgrid designs. Emma holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.S. in engineering management from the Colorado School of Mines.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify different types of storage technologies and which make sense at federal sites;
  • Recognize key factors that influence battery storage economics;
  • Understand how batteries can support federal site goals; and
  • Evaluate different methods and considerations for procuring battery storage.

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