Asia Masterclass – 19 & 20 September 2023


(Two-day training course)




19th & 20th September

The Energy Storage Academy, organisers of The Energy Storage World Forum (the first event on this topic in Europe and Asia), will be running a two-day masterclass on Energy Storage in Johannesburg on 19th & 20th September. This highly practical course is designed to give all interested parties a thorough learning experience on the solutions for energy storage, plus they will take part in interactive exercises designed to give them the tools and information on how to take their battery energy storage projects forward. Participants will learn about all aspects of energy storage, including the different technologies and battery chemistries, the economics of battery energy storage systems (BESS), business models, how to ‘green’ the battery supply chain, safety challenges and much, much more.

Masterclass programme

Day 1

Tuesday 19th September 2023

Day 2

Wednesday 20th September 2023
asia masterclass

Registration, refreshments and networking

Registration, refreshments and networking

Registration, refreshments and networking

Registration, refreshments and networking

Welcome and introduction by masterclass leader

Welcome and introduction by masterclass leader Robert de Groot, Energy Storage Specialist, Mott Macdonald (Singapore)
Session One: Introduction to energy storage technologies
  • Identifying the different forms of energy storage and their stages of development:
    • Batteries
    • Thermal
    • Flywheels
    • Pumped hydro power
    • Gravitational
    • Liquid air
    • Hydrogen
  • Understanding where the market is going:
    • Which technologies are needed for which applications?
    • How do the different technologies compare in terms of scale and duration?
  • To what extent do these technologies compete or are they complementary?
  • Group Exercise : how to quantify the relative costs of the different technologies to determine which energy technology is the right one for you
Learning outcome: To get an understanding of developments in energy storage technologies and where the market is going  
Session Two: The different battery chemistries and their applications
  • What are the major battery chemistries and their characteristics? Lithium-ion (Li-ion) vs NMC vs lead acid
  • To what extent are Li-ion batteries now the battery of choice for energy storage? What are their advantages and disadvantages? How will the increase in the lithium price affect the adoption of Li-ion batteries?
  • Examining developments in emerging battery chemistries – redox flow, sodium ion, solid state, etc. – are these serious competitors to the more established batteries?
  • Group Exercise : how to identify which applications the different battery chemistries are best suited for
Learning outcome: to understand the different battery chemistries and their applications

Welcome and introduction by masterclass leader

Welcome and introduction by masterclass leader Robert de Groot, Energy Storage Specialist, Mott Macdonald (Singapore)
Session One: The regulation of energy storage in Asia
  • Reviewing the regulations around energy storage in the main Asian countries. What are the key differences?
  • Examining the latest developments in Asian-wide regulations to promote energy storage
  • How are current regulations and policies incentivising or hindering the development of the market? What more needs to be done?
  • Examining the reasons behind the introduction of the Inflation Reduction Act in the USA. Should Asia be considering something similar?
Learning outcome: To understand the key developments in energy storage regulation in the different Asian countries
Session Two: The different business models for energy storage projects
  • Reviewing applied business models in the ESS space. What is currently best practice?
  • How to identify the key components of an ESS business model which will make it more commercially viable and financially attractive
  • What is use-case stacking? To what extent is it possible to stack multiple revenue streams?
  • What commercial structures do you need to consider when incorporating an ESS into a renewable energy project?
  • Group Exercise:how to demonstrate the value proposition of an ESS project
Learning outcome: To understand the pros and cons of the different energy storage business models

Morning refreshments and networking

Morning refreshments and networking
Session Three: The economics of a battery energy storage system (BESS)
  • What are the major components of a BESS and the costs associated with each of these components?
  • Quantifying the ongoing costs throughout a BESS’s lifetime that need to be accounted for, e.g., operating expenses, fixed system maintenance, decommissioning, end-of-life services, etc.
  • What is the State of Charge (SOC)? What are the difficulties in calculating the SOC?
  • Group Exercise : how to calculate the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of the different battery types and what this value actually means
Learning outcome: to get an understanding of the components and costs of a battery energy storage system (BESS)  
Session Four: Best practice in battery asset management
  • What asset management tools are available for batteries and battery sites? What lessons can be learned from asset management for renewable energy?
  • How can you maximise the operational performance of a battery?
  • What are the best practices for structuring a site?
  • What is meant by battery ageing? What influences the ageing of batteries and how can these effects be minimised?
  • Group Exercise : explore best practices for optimising battery performance and lifetime
Learning outcome: to learn how to optimise battery performance

Morning refreshments and networking

Morning refreshments and networking
Session Three: The safety issues around batteries and what can be done to mitigate them
  • Why are batteries dangerous? Identifying the different safety risks when designing, developing and operating a battery
  • What international technical standards must batteries comply with?
  • How to minimise the different types of electrical and mechanical risks to the end user and environment
  • Understanding which fire suppression systems to deploy
  • Group Exercise : outline the key safety measures to put in place to reduce the costs of insurance and risk of litigation
  Learning outcome: What battery operators need to know about operating batteries safely  
Session Four: The market drivers, opportunities and challenges of implementing microgrids in Asia
  • What are the regional drivers behind the adoption of microgrids for remote and island communities in Asia?
  • Understanding the regulations concerning microgrids in the different countries
  • What are the challenges of constructing microgrids in remote areas?
  • How can microgrids steer away from using fossil fuels for remote electrification?
Group Exercise: determine the best energy storage technologies for a microgrid solution

Learning outcome: to understand the drivers and challenges of microgrid solutions in Asia

Lunch and networking

Lunch and networking 
Session Five: Panel discussion: How are utilities embracing energy storage?
In this session, a panel of major utilities will discuss what energy storage projects they are involved with, the projected outcomes, challenges and future plans. Learning outcome: To hear from utilities what their plans are around energy storage  
Session Six: Energy storage in the Asian residential/rural market
  • What is the potential for battery energy storage in the residential/rural market in Asia?
  • Where is demand coming from?
  • What are the obstacles that could inhibit growth in the residential/rural market?
  • Lack of local skills and equipment
  • Cost of installing an ESS
  • Challenges of installing and maintaining ESSs in rural areas
  • Group exercise:Create a business plan for an ESS in a rural Asian community
Learning outcome: To quantify the size of the opportunity in the Asian residential/rural market

Lunch and networking

Lunch and networking
Session Five: Panel discussion: The Commercial & Industrial (C&I) energy storage market in Asia
  • Evaluating C&I growth potential in Asia – who are the main end users?
  • What energy storage technologies are being used for C&I applications?
  • Identifying applications that ESSs are currently addressing in the C&I space:
  • Reactive power compensation
  • Peak shaving
  • Load shifting
  • Examining real-life use cases and lessons learnt
Learning outcome: To find out what the opportunities are for energy storage developers in the C&I market  
Session Six: Addressing the skills shortage in the energy storage industry
  • What skills and expertise are needed in the energy storage space?
  • How acute is the gap between the demand for and supply of energy storage professionals?
  • What is needed to increase the supply of suitably qualified and experienced personnel?
  • What role should technical colleges and universities play?
  • Group exercise:develop a strategy to identify, recruit and retain talent for your company  
Learning outcome: How to find people with the right skills

Closing remarks and summary

Closing remarks and summary

Closing remarks and summary

Closing remarks and summary

Close of Day One, afternoon refreshments and networking

Close of Day one, afternoon refreshments and networking

Close of Day Two, afternoon refreshments and networking

Close of Masterclass, afternoon refreshments and networking  

Your Leaders

Robert de Groot

Robert de Groot, Energy Storage Specialist, Mott Macdonald (Singapore)

Robert de Groot is an Electrical Engineer and Energy Storage Specialist at Mott MacDonald. He is currently based in Singapore, with 10+ years’ experience working in the fields of energy storage and renewable generation in both Europe and Asia. Part of that experience included a four-year stint at Dutch utility, Enexis B.V. He is specifically focused on the synergy between energy storage and renewables, hybrid power plants and the integration of variable renewable energy sources into the grid.

In the Asia Pacific region Robert has worked on energy storage related projects in The Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Singapore regions. Robert has also spoken at previous Energy Storage World Forums in Europe, bringing in a very holistic view of this up-and-coming technology.

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