EPIC Energy Seminar: The Progression and Challenges of Grid Integration of Energy Storage Systems

February 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

During the Fall and Spring semesters, EPIC presents the Energy Seminar Series with speakers from around the region. These experts share valuable information and their insight into trends and news that is related to energy. Seminars are FREE and are open to students, faculty, and the public. Pizza is included so please register to attend.

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Energy storage systems (ESSs) can accommodate an extensive variety of functions, rendering them a viable solution to enhance grid resilience and enable further penetration of renewables on the grid. However, the current capital cost, cycle life and efficiency of storage technologies, although improving, remain shy of the threshold of single application use cases making economic sense. At this point, only stacked applications operation can offer economic feasibility. Stacked benefits can be achieved through manipulation of the active and reactive power capabilities of ESSs to achieve multiple value streams and maximize total benefit while maintaining operational efficiency such that battery life is not being compromised. While control techniques are progressing in strides, the practice of identification of points on the electrical system where the need for such functionality is greatest remains immature. This presentation provides an overview of the following:

  1. Methodologies deduced by Duke Energy to identify grid tied ES needs
  2. Technical Challenges of Islanding
  3. Economics of Energy Storage Projects


Sherif A. Abdelrazek received a B.S. degree in electrical power and machines engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in 2010 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in 2015. Currently, Dr. Abdelrazek is working with Duke Energy’s Distributed Energy Technologies group supporting utility scale energy storage, microgrid and PV projects. Dr. Abdelrazek currently holds two grid tied energy storage systems control focused patents and multiple IEEE publications.

Matthew Schultz is a Business Development Manager of energy storage and micro-grid projects at Duke Energy. He previously led project finance at REC Solar, a behind the meter solar developer owned by Duke Energy, and worked on utility-scale solar and wind acquisitions at Duke Energy Renewables. In a prior role, he gained extensive policy experience at the Maryland Public Service Commission, where he provided expert witness testimony in a variety of electric utility proceedings. He holds a B.A. in economics and mathematics from the University of Rochester, a master’s degree in economics from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.