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Opportunities for Lead–Acid Batteries in Energy-Storage Applications

This presentation addresses the increasing opportunities to integrate lead–acid battery energ -storage into applications that support distributed generation, mitigate fluctuations in electricity demand, and drive energy resilience. By way of example, a collaborative planning grant has been awarded to the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) from the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) for the demonstration of lead–acid battery energy-storage coupled with electrical vehicle (EV) charging at Missouri gas stations. The aim of the grant is to increase public awareness of, and experience with, marketable energy-storage technologies. Battery energy-storage can also smooth the electricity demand associated with rapid EV charging and reduce the associated utility fees that could discourage owners of gas stations from investing in charging facilities. The presentation will also examine the applicability of lead–acid battery energy-storage in microgrids that support military and community resilience. Attention will be paid to the Department of Army’s 14 Day Resilience Directive and to a project being undertaken by the US Army Corps of Engineers to integrate EV charging, distributed generation and energy-storage into a microgrid.

Angela Rolufs

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Paragon Solutions, Inc

Angela Rolufs holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri University of Science & Technology. At the latter, she led multiple projects involving renewable energy, microgrids, electric vehicle and sustainable infrastructure. As Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Paragon Solutions, Inc., Angela presently directs resiliency planning and energy technology consulting services.