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The Hub

A DYNAMIC EXHIBIT HALL THEATER EXPERIENCE

Launched at the 2023 event, The Hub is the only educational space open to all Intersolar North America and Energy Storage North America attendees.

The Hub features a comfortable, dynamic space to deliver 20-minute educational presentations covering real-world applications and solutions.

Led by top exhibitors and partners, The Hub explores real-world scenarios using the highly-rated case-study presentation format. More than ever before, these presentations facilitate audience engagement and interaction, offering opportunities to connect and ask questions.

The 2024 program is continuing to be updated. Click the + icons below to learn more about each session and check back soon for additional information to come.

Wednesday, January 17

Join us for a conversation about the 2023 NEC with Mayfield Renewables’ Ryan Mayfield. While the schedule for code cycle adoption varies state to state, it is important to be aware of the latest changes to the National Electrical Code before they take effect in your jurisdiction. In this session, we will highlight and provide clarity on the three changes from the 2020 NEC to the 2023 NEC that will have the biggest impact on the installation of PV and energy storage systems.

Global supply chain constraints and geopolitics are going to have a striking impact on battery raw materials over the next 10-20 years. In this talk, we explore the surprising connections from raw materials to battery performance – and ultimately to the economics of storage ownership and operation.

The long-term efficiency of residential and commercial PV systems remains a relatively uncharted domain. While studies exist, their scope is often restricted to a limited number of systems. This presentation features a dataset sourced from over 80,000 PV systems across more than a decade. We will delve into the intricate patterns of efficiency, shedding light on potential performance retention or decline over time. The session will explore common, easily rectifiable faults, emphasizing the transformative potential of monitoring efficiency.

Simplifying the energy storage system(ESS) installation process is vital for enabling installers to complete as many commissionings as possible. Mobile applications can help with this challenge by accelerating initial set-up, firmware updates, and system maintenance processes. Using preconfigured app-based templates can reduce the system commissioning time from hours to minutes, freeing up installers for more installations. App-based commissioning also reduces firmware file sizes and allows the owner to schedule updates and maintenance when it’s convenient for their schedule and when the system is not in use. Making system maintenance owner-controlled or manageable remotely, can reduce disruptions to daily life, and relieve installers of the need for on-site update management.

This session is designed to unravel the intricacies of solar warranties. Highlights include the crucial role warranties play in solar energy projects and explaining key components, terms, and conditions of solar warranties. Attendees will walk away with knowledge to help them make informed decisions and mitigate risks in the industry, as well as the confidence to navigate warranty-related challenges to ensure the long-term success and resilience of their solar projects.

Battery management systems impact the utility, effectiveness, and life of an energy storage system (ESS). Active balancing transfers energy from stronger to weaker cells, but at a higher system cost and design complexity. Passive balancing is less expensive than active balancing, but weaker cells or modules may need to be replaced near the end of the ESS’s lifespan.

Join Nuvation Energy CEO Michael Worry for an exploration of the current state-of-the-art technologies in battery cell balancing, and how BMS innovations will impact the future of stationary energy storage.

Join Gary Lam, FranklinWH co-founder and solar and battery expert, for a session about whole-home energy management systems. Installers, engineers, and others involved in designing these systems will learn about the following:
• How energy management is a more complex issue than just adding batteries to a solar installation
• Why a home’s energy sources need intelligent management
• How smart systems talk to utilities for load balancing and demand-pricing
• How intelligence makes installers’ lives easier with real-time analysis and predictive maintenance
• A case study in which their products were installed on a residential home

Thursday, January 18

Adopting renewables without sacrificing grid reliability requires cost-effective, safe, and sustainable long duration energy storage (LDES). ESS’ Hugh McDermott will showcase how LDES is accelerating the ‘coal to clean’ and ‘gas to green’ movements. He will also discuss how iron flow batteries (IFB) are a safe and sustainable alternative to lithium-ion, and how IFB is transforming power plants into clean energy hubs.

Using current ESS projects as examples, Hugh will analyze project challenges, identify solutions, and present a blueprint for scaling LDES for the clean energy future.

The idea of strengthening grid resilience through vehicles is a new and novel concept. Plus, the economic and societal benefits are undeniable. Vehicle to grid, or V2G, is a technology that enables energy to be pushed back to the power grid from the battery of an electric vehicle. This session will discuss DC charging, DC V2G standards, and AC standards. It will also explore the following:

  • Developing a V2G strategy
  • Economic signaling and grid support considerations
  • Implications on where exactly companies need to seek and receive permissions
  • Regulatory and market constraints

Robust, forward-thinking energy management steers towards immediate operational efficiency and lays down a sustainable, cost-effective pathway for future EV charging ecosystems. This session reveals a case study that demonstrates the paramount role of intelligent energy management in EV charging, brought to life through Smappee’s innovative solutions. Discover how strategic energy management navigates through the challenges of load balancing, capital savings, cost mitigation, and overload protection for residential and commercial markets.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken the spotlight across all industries, prompting many businesses to invest in its potential – solar installers included. While AI is fast becoming an essential business tool, companies must develop a game plan in order to take full advantage of its power. This session will explore the state of AI and solar, pitfalls to avoid, and the best use cases within the solar industry, including modernizing sales processes.

This session will explain the four stages of battery failure and how to prevent thermal runaway with proper “Advanced Protection” at the appropriate stage. It will address why conventional gas detection will not prevent battery explosions and detail the best design and layout practices, including sequence of operation. Lithium ion batteries are safe once they’re understood!

Join energy storage thought leader Josh Brumm to explore the world of energy storage past, present, and future. This presentation highlights energy storage business strategies you can learn to employ in order to not only help your customers, but to ensure your business thrives in the solar and storage industry. Josh has been an energy storage expert and industry advocate since 2006 and has a passion for teaching others so they can be successful!

Explore the exciting developments in the U.S. gigafactory landscape and their role in scaling up battery production. We will discuss the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in this rapidly evolving industry. Hear from an industry leader and leading storage expert as he shares his insights and strategies for meeting the growing demand for batteries in the U.S.

Data risk comes about from a variety of factors. The rapid global growth of utility-scale solar, in particular, has led to a scarcity of qualified designers and engineers, forcing developers to use software to automate tasks in design and other ongoing operations. Unfortunately, data sources for that software – particularly in Europe – are in older formats, such as PDFs and hard copy records.

Not only that – most solar software platforms were designed independently of each other, built to automate only a handful of tasks. As a result, developers must now use as many as 70 different data sets, most with fields of data that must be manually matched when moving from one software platform to the next. These multiple, time-consuming, and customized transfers inevitably degrade data quality, creating data risk.

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