Alessandro Volta, Inventor of the Battery!
Ever since Superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast, energy storage has become the primary focus for many people. While battery storage may seem new, many people do not realize that it has been around for quite some time. Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (1745 – 1827) was an Italian physicist known for the invention of the battery in the 1800′s. Where would we be without battery storage technology? When you consider how many products and services rely upon some form of battery storage, it would indeed be challenging to live without it.
Energy Storage: The Key To Sustainability!
When you think about food, it only makes sense that farmers store their crops for later use. However, creating renewable energy storage solutions is not very simple mainly because of the costs involved and lack of efficiency. Be that as it may, the demand for solutions has really helped the industry grow. Due to the advances in battery and energy storage technologies, many doors have opened for entrepreneurs who have created a myriad of technologies that capture and store energy. Although there have been great advances in the world of renewable energy, capturing that energy still remains quite a challenge. With so many entrepreneurs racing to provide the ultimate solution, there is still a long road ahead.
Listen To The Interview:
In this special series called the Clean Energy View, which focuses on the world of renewable and clean energy, host, June Stoyer talks to Dr. William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST, as he discusses “Capture the Energy,” a key conference for batteries, fuel cells and energy storage technologies.
Learn About Dr. William Acker:
Dr. William Acker is a well-known and highly regarded scientist and entrepreneur in the field of Energy. He currently serves as the first Executive Director of NY-BEST, the New York Battery and Energy Storage Consortium. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been instrumental in the founding of several energy-related businesses, including Optiwind Corporation, MTI MicroFuel Cells, and Taconic Energy. Dr. Acker previously served as Vice President of Technology at Plug Power, Inc. and held managerial and scientific positions at Texaco Fuel and Lubricants Technology. He serves on the advisory board of the Center for Future Energy Systems at RPI and Cornell University and recently served as a commissioner to the NY Ready Commission by Governor Cuomo. He received a Ph.D, in Applied Physics and Engineering from Yale University and a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.
New York Battery and Energy Storage Consortium
“Capture the Energy” is NY-BEST’s signature annual event, featuring keynotes from global corporate leaders in energy, roundtable discussions with influential policy makers and technical panels exploring the latest developments in batteries, fuel cells and energy storage technologies. In seeking ways to modernize and strengthen the electric grid, expand clean renewable energy, and green the transportation system, batteries and energy storage technologies are increasingly becoming part of the solution.
Date: March 12-13, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, New York.
Who should attend?
Anyone interested in learning about battery and energy storage technology.
The Conference features several notable speakers:
- Mark Little, Sr. Vice President & Director – General Electric , Global Research
- Hugo van Nispen, Chief Operating Officer – Global Energy Advisory, DNV GL
- Audrey Zibelman, Chair – NYS Public Service Commission
- John Rhodes, President and CEO – NYSERDA
- Gil Quiniones, President and CEO – New York Power Authority
- Leslie Whatley, Executive Vice President – Start-Up NY
The conference will also include presentations by senior managers from some of the most influential names in the clean energy field including:
- General Electric
- LG Chem
- Consolidated Edison
- AES Energy Storage
- Green Charge Networks
- Solar Energy Industry
- Plug Power
- Lux Research
- US Department of Energy
- and the NY Independent System Operator (NYISO).
NY-BEST is a non-profit corporation established with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in 2010 to position New York State as a global leader in energy storage technology. An industry-led consortium with more than 120 members, NY-BEST’s mission is to catalyze and grow the energy storage industry and establish New York State as a global leader in the energy storage industry. Visit their website by clicking this link NY-BEST.org.