Energy storage symposium addresses important issues for renewable energy

UCSC Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems partners with Joint Venture Silicon Valley in April 11 symposium

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Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

The fourth annual Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 11, at the Microsoft Auditorium, 1065 La Avenida Street, in Mountain View.

Organized by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, with partners including the UC Santa Cruz Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems (CenSEPS), the symposium will bring together key participants from the public and private sectors, as well as from the academic and research communities, to discuss energy storage issues and Silicon Valley's role in the energy storage industry.

"Energy storage is a big issue for any scenario where renewable energy sources are being integrated into the electrical grid. Most renewable energy sources--such as solar, wind, and wave power--are intermittent, so the problem is how to store energy generated when it is not needed and then make it available at times when the demand for electricity is high," said Michael Isaacson, director of CenSEPS and the Narinder Singh Kapany Professor of Optoelectronics in the Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC.

The Energy Storage Symposium will include keynote presentations from Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, and California State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (15th District). The agenda will include updates on energy storage at the state and federal levels, as well as a deep dive into some local energy storage initiatives.