News Release | February 5, 2020

Energy Storage Briefing: Applications for Electrification, Grid Resiliency and Climate Change Mitigation-February 12

Experts with Real World Experience Describe Opportunities and Challenges to Meet Soaring Energy Storage and Sustainability Needs

WASHINGTONFebruary 5– Over the next 10 years, the global battery market is estimated to grow 110%, which equates to $115 billion. A number of macro trends are influencing this growth. Foremost is that batteries are a key technology for new concepts of mobility and energy (e.g. electric mobility, stationary storage) supported by the following trends:

    • Population increase and city growth challenging existing mobility and energy solutions; the increasing electrification of our planet
    • A shift in energy production, with increasing focus on renewable energies as an alternative to fossil fuel and nuclear
    • A global awareness regarding global warming pushing for the adoption of green solutions, including circular economies that support sustainability
    • The need for grid resiliency and security to protect big data from domestic and foreign data breaches
    • The increased need for back-up power to maintain connectivity (of all devices) between people and critical services as natural disasters grow in frequency and severity

To understand these needs and in recognition of National Battery Day*, a panel of researchers and experts who experience the real life challenges to find solutions will share updates on innovative lead battery research as well as public/private partnerships to meet the need for renewable energy and create efficient energy models to lower the planet’s carbon footprint and stabilize the grid.

Essential Energy Everyday and Battery Council International will host their second annual energy briefing February 12 on Capitol Hill. The discussion will review latest lead battery research and highlight the essentiality of energy storage in nearly every aspect of our lives, including electrification and climate change mitigation. Panel experts will discuss a host of issues: performance research, transportation and renewable energy, GHG emissions, data centers, grid resilience, safety standards, circularity and more.


Wednesday, February 12


1:30-2:30 p.m.


US Capitol Visitor Center, SVC-208, Lower Level
First St SE, Washington, D.C.

Please Note: If you do not have a Congressional ID, you must register 48 hours prior to February 12; to register, please email Lisa Dry at

Sponsors: Battery Council International and Essential Energy Everyday

Featured Panelists: Brief presentations followed by Q&A.

Angela Rolufs, VP Strategic Energy Initiatives Paragon Business Solutions, Inc.
Topic: The boundless mobility of our society and its move to electrification challenge drivers who experience “range anxiety” and grid managers who want to avoid demand surges. Angela will discuss a project she is leading that explores how battery energy storage can help mitigate the power demand fluctuations and costs
associated with EV fast charging stations.

Matthew Raiford, Ph.D., Manager Consortium for Battery Innovation
Topic: With millions of cars and trucks on U.S. highways, it’s important vehicles be reliable and environmentally sound. Start-stop technology, enabled by lead batteries, is helping by eliminating 4.5 million tons of GHG emissions each year in the U.S. Matt will discuss current research to further improve battery performance.

Alan French, VP of Engineering QTS Data Centers
Topic: California wildfires and rolling blackouts have caused thousands of people, including emergency personnel, and critical services to lose access to communications, contributing to loss of life. Our economy is increasingly reliant on data and telecommunication centers. Alan will explain challenges and solutions to meeting the increasing demand.

Richard Kluge, Service Line Director Ericsson, Inc.
Topic: The standards and codes for battery chemistries should differ by chemistry type and application. Richard will discuss the expertise he provides to the telecommunications industry and standard-setting bodies to ensure battery systems deliver as expected, in a safe and reliable manner.

H.G. Chissell, Founder/CEO Advanced Energy Agency (AEA) and Advanced Energy Group (AEG)
Topic: As cities adopt year 2050 decarbonization goals, there’s growing need for diverse stakeholder groups to cooperate and expedite energy transformationH.G. will share his experience driving productive dialogue to deliver steady progress.

Moderator: Roger Miksad, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Battery Council International

Learn More at Essential Energy Everyday

Essential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries in powering our daily lives and future. It encourages continued investment in sustainable lead battery technology to store and provide energy on demand. Its initiative is supported by the two global trade associations that represent the lead battery and lead industries, Battery Council International and the International Lead Association.

About Battery Council International

Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information, visit Battery Council International.  

Learn more at Essential Energy Everyday.
*National Battery Day is February 18.


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