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Southern Research to host energy storage symposium

Top exerts and policymakers on disruptive technologies in energy storage will be in Birmingham this month to weigh in on the future of the industry.

Southern Research will host the Southeast Energy Storage Symposium Sept. 27 and 28 at both of its campuses in Birmingham. The event is designed to cover all aspects of energy storage, which encompasses a broad range of technologies that capture energy for use when its needed.

The symposium is designed for those with a stake in the electric utilities and similar industries to address storage comprehensively. Bert Taube, senior principal investigator for energy storage in Southern Research’s Energy and Environment division, said the symposium will address key developments.

“This symposium is gathering energy storage leaders from across the U.S. with expertise in different fields – technology, economics, policy – at a time when innovation is making these systems more capable of performing reliably on an industrial scale,” Taube said. “It covers all facets of the topic, from the technologies and their commercialization in various industrial applications to the manufacturing, integration, operation and maintenance of large-scale energy storage systems to drive grid modernization with enhanced reliability and performance in the U.S. Southeast.”

The symposium’s speakers and panelists include experts and professionals from the Pacific Northwest, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge and Sandia National Laboratories and other Southeastern-based utilities, regulators and manufacturers.

Southern Company’s Steve Baxley, who will be a panelist, also said energy storage systems have important implications for electric utilities, with the potential to smooth out demand peaks with power produced earlier from other sources, including renewables such as wind and solar.

Read full article at Birmingham Business Journal