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December 7 thru December 10- 1:00pm to 4:30pm

LIVE In-Depth Seminar: Grid Batteries: Valuation, Design, Procurement, and Operations

Equal to a 1.5 Day Classroom Seminar
PGS reserves the right to limit access to this event.

How this online course works

All things batteries will be taught in context of valuation, design, procurement, and operations with an instructor who is recognized as a leading world expert and practitioner with many years of experience with batteries. The advantage of this seminar is that you receive through multi-module seminar a comprehensive and detailed set of insights of the latest on Grid Batteries with perspectives on markets, regulatory, policy, suppliers, use cases, valuation, design, procurement, commissioning, operations, and advances in software.  Instructor runs a consulting practice and has many examples of the items in the training to show.  Where applicable the Acelerex Grid Analytics planning tools will be used for examples for BESS modeling and simulations.


December 7th – 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Day 1:  Module-1          120 minutes / 2hrs

Module-2          60 minutes /1hr


December 8th– 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Day 2: Module-2          60 minutes /1hr

Module-3          120 minutes /2hrs


December 9th– 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Day 3: Module-3          60 minutes /1hrs

Module-4          120 minutes /2hrs


December 10th – 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Day 4: Module-4          30 minutes /0.5hr

Module-5          90 minutes /1.5hr

Module-6          60 minutes /1hr


Training Sessions

Session 1: Energy Storage Roadmap Planning and Policy Approaches

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (210 minutes)

What You Will Learn

  1. Overview of battery technologies
  2. Current battery trends
  3. Mapping of storage technologies with identified services – scorecard
    • Storage technology mapping
    • Methodology
    • Application ranking
  4. Battery Energy Storage use cases like Energy Arbitrage, Spinning Reserve, Non-Sync Spinning Reserve, Regulation, Operating Reserve, Renewables Integration, EV Charging, Frequency Response, Black Start, and Others
  5. Energy storage benefits for the power system
  6. Identification of electricity storage services to enable higher penetration of VRE – covering methods, etc.
  7. System Value Stacking for Energy Storage
  8. Orienting to Value stacking - Financial benefits of Energy Systems Storage Optimizing and Stacking system values:
    • Grid/ Utility values include transmission system, peaking replacement, frequency regulation, distribution, etc.
    • Commercial values include microgrid, demand Charge Reduction - Peak demand shaving, optimizing RE use on site, resiliency - backup power for Utility outages, etc.
  9. Policy case studies with Energy Storage CA, MA, NY and others
  10. Microgrids and Island Grids Roadmap Planning and Policies
  11. Policy Approach’s and Mechanisms
  12. Regulatory metrics
  13. Case studies on various BESS plant focus on utility scale.
  14. Analysis and methodology for the system value of electricity storage vs. other flexibility (ocgt, ccgt, engine, etc) options
  15. Competition for Battery Energy Storage? (e.g Hydrogen, LAES, etc.)
  16. Limitation of BESS and ways to create value stream.

Session 2: Sizing and Designing Battery Energy Storage

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (210 minutes)

What You Will Learn

  1. Grid batteries why?, when?, where?, and how much?
  2. Incorporation of Batteries in Transmission Planning, Distribution Planning, and Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs)
  3. Battery Chemistries, Power-Density, Lifecycle.
  4. Comparison on other Competitive Storage Technologies of CSP and others
  5. Cooling, connection analysis, cycling, augmentation, balance of plant, standards, communication systems, software, testing
  6. Design considerations for battery projects such as augmentation
  7. BESS use cases: voltage support, congestion management, frequency management (spinning reserve and frequency regulation), energy arbitrage etc.
  8. Methodology to identify and determine energy storage services and sizing for various applications for the benefits of system – with exercise.
  9. Alternative Analysis Capacity Investment Analysis with BESS
  10. Production cost hourly and sub-hourly for BESS dispatch
  11. Stacked Services Emulator for temporal and simultaneous use cases.
  12. Evaluation and dispatch strategies for Stacked BESS applications with examples
  13. Power System Studies – BESS Modeling, Interconnection, and Impact Analysis
  14. Dispatch strategies in competitive markets for co-optimization of energy and ancillary services

Session 3: Battery Energy Storage Valuation Techniques

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (210 minutes)

What You Will Learn

  1. Alternative Analysis of answering the Why, Where, When and How Much questions
  2. Production Cost for dispatch and analysis of batteries
  3. Stacked Services Emulator for co-optimization valuation of batteries in competitive markets.
  4. Battery Energy Storage valuation streams like Capacity deferral, fuel savings, VO&M savings, FO&M Savings, Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Reserve Savings, Frequency Response, Black Start, T&D deferral, Cost to Load savings
  5. Cost Analysis with efficiency, cycles per day and cycles per year, losses, fade, augmentation, energy costs, capital costs, EPC costs, FOM, VOM, Battery End of Life Costs, others
  6. Assessing the viability of storage projects: System value vs. monetizable revenues – possible with case studies, example etc.
  7. Storage project viability analysis
    • Project feasibility model
    • Financial modeling
    • Monetizable benefits and costs
    • Assigning system value to individual storage projects
    • Economic viability gap and missing money issue
  8. Understanding Financial Benefits of Energy Storage system with case studies
    • Grid / Utility values (Transmission, peaking, frequency, voltage regulation, etc)
    • Commercial Values (peak demand shaving, optimize RE, spinning reserve, backup power, demand charge reduction, etc.)
  9. How current or potential energy storage projects (BESS, etc) and value streams that they used to create positive ROI.
  10. How existing market monetized value streams refers to the non-monetized value streams available to Utilities.
  11. Grid Battery Market Revenue Calculations: ERCOT, PJM, ISO-NE, NYISO, CAISO, IESO, AESO, SPP, MISO
  12. Calculating frequency response and ancillary services revenues
  13. Valuation of Capacity Value
  14. Cost and benefit analysis for storage
  15. Detailed financial models for batteries including NPV, IRR, payback, gearing, and others.
  16. Discussion and comparisons on relevant incentive mechanism to support the BESS project, citing examples from international projects implementation.
  17. Assessment Techniques for Hybrid Battery Systems paired with Flow Batteries, Thermal Plant and Renewables
  18. Energy Storage Project Cost (for various application) and LCOE derivation for Worldwide and Asia – with exercise
  19. Energy Storage Life Cycle calculation / analysis / projection – with exercise
  20. Calculating PPA pricing for renewables plus batteries

Session 4: Bess Procurement and Bidding Strategies

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (210 minutes)

What You Will Learn

  1. The good, the bad, and the ugly of battery vendors
  2. Insights into the good, the bad, and the ugly for inverters
  3. Power batteries and Energy Batteries, LFP, Conventional Lithium Ion, Flow Batteries, others
  4. Battery characteristics and costs
  5. Battery Pack Technical Specifications: Storage size, optimum SOC windows, C-rate, battery configuration (series/parallel redundancy; AC or DC couple for hybrid configuration), cell temperature, battery types, relevant degradation issues, location, etc.
  6. PCS, BMS and EMS Technical Specifications: Operation mode, Charging and discharging strategies, monitoring and control of BESS requirements, SCADA requirement and other relevant components.
  7. Bid Strategy working with battery vendors.
  8. Evaluation of potential project bidders, partners, developer – methodology, key items, etc.
  9. Procurement Strategies
  10. Warrantees
  11. EPC, IPP, Storage-as-a-service,  
  12. Project Development covering system design, specification, manufacturers, etc:
    • Grid intertied (Parallel generation and operation)
    • Stand Alone such as Off grid, Micro grids (islands,etc) , Load dedicated (Mines, etc), hybrid
    • Battery chemistries
    • AC vs DC Coupling
    • Layouts and three lines
    • Space planning (kWh/kW per sq ft)
    • Initial cost considerations / differences
  13. Safety Requirements: Fire/safety design aspects and concern of BESS, disposal strategies (end of its useful life), popular standards.
  14. Waste Management for BESS – cost impact to LCOE etc.
  15. Functional specification – sample and review
  16. Origination documents, connection agreements
  17. Sample RFP / Tender documents / Template / Review
  18. Procurement auctions, bid strategy, auctions results, supply and demand, competitive differences
  19. Review of innovative ownership models and how to price them
  20. Stylized facts of auctions for procurement of batteries
  21. Project Implementation – process flow to deploy ESS plant
  22. Analysis and recommendation on energy storage operation
  23. 3rd party aggregators for ESS plant
  24. Available financing options for ESS plants with application mapping – added with case studies – for utilities, commercial industrial, and residential.
  25. Ways to attracts 3rd party financing options (any program or key enabler to boost the development of ESS plants)
  26. Example available experts
    • EPC/ Consultants
    • Commissioning Agent
    • O&M Team
  27. Site Prep process
    • Land Acquisition / Permits
    • Foundation / Pad
    • Equipment delivery / installation

Session 5: BESS Commissioning and Performance Testing

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (90 minutes)

What You Will Learn

  1. Use-cases and Performance Compliance Testing
  2. Battery testing standards as part of the commissioning of battery projects
  3. Grid BESS Performance measures – types of compliance and typical tests to demonstrate use cases.
  4. Commissioning Procedures
  5. Advance battery controls and automation
  6. Testing Protocols
  7. Testing Signals
  8. Battery Communication Systems
  9. IoT Testing Analyzer and Data Collection
  10. Examples of Live Battery Projects and Operational Data
  11. Commissioning process and important testing
  12. Operation and O&M includes important inspections such as safety, mechanical, etc.

Session 6: Forecasting, AI, and Blockchain Applications for Bess

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (210 minutes)

What You Will Learn

  1. Artificial Intelligence applications for battery dispatch
  2. Nodal long-term forecasting for battery valuation
  3. AI predictions for solar, wind, demand and electricity prices
  4. Block Chain Performance Management for Batteries
  5. Big Data Analytics approaches to scanning for battery value across 1000’s of nodes.
  6. Data mining algorithms
  7. Parallelization of battery analytics algorithms
  8. Cloud Computing
  9. ESS applications with EVs


Who Should Attend

Among those who will benefit from this training program include energy and electric power executives; attorneys; government regulators; traders & trading support staff; marketing, sales, purchasing & risk management personnel; accountants & auditors; plant operators; engineers; and corporate planners.

Types of companies that typically attend this program include energy producers and marketers; utilities; banks & financial houses; industrial companies; accounting, law firms; municipal utilities; government regulators and electric generators.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental online training program has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required.

Why Choose PGS?

PGS training programs are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content. Register today, and join the over 10,000 industry professionals who trust PGS with their energy training needs.


Dr. Randell Johnson
CEO Acelerex

Dr. Johnson has expertise and experience in the Valuation, Design, Procurement, and Operations of Grid Batteries

Dr. Johnson has been involved in the Energy Storage Road Map for the Maldives, Bermuda Energy Storage Sizing Study, New York Energy Storage Road Map, Massachusetts State of Charge Study, MISO Energy Storage Study, Ontario Energy Storage Study, and numerous other energy storage studies. He was selected by the World Bank to study 100% carbon-free grids with energy storage and Acelerex software and methods were selected by the International Agency for increasing penetration of renewables with energy storage. Dr. Johnson has invented and developed software for battery analytics and battery real time control. He is expert at power markets and valuation of energy storage to maximize utilization of existing transmission systems and co-optimization of transmission and other resources in addition of co-optimization of energy and ancillary services. A Harvard Business Case has been written for energy storage that includes methods pioneered by Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Economics from Cass Business School, UK, and a Utility Corporate Finance Certificate for Gas and Electric Utilities from UConn Business School. Dr. Johnson has background in strategy, regulatory finance, economic optimizations, quantitative finance, electricity and energy markets, public policy, technical grid design, real-time optimizations, and high-performance computing.

Program Pricing

 PGS online training programs are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content.

Presented by Dr. Randell Johnson, CEO Acelerex. 
Equal to a 1.5 Day Classroom Seminar

$1,295 for the first attendee and $895 for each attendee thereafter

Special pricing is available for groups of five or more. Please email or call (440) 853-1038.

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