Storage Panel Lead by Chad Von Eck, Claire Curry, Dan Dobbs, Phillipe Bouchard, and Tim Grejtak
What key strides have been made in grid storage lately? What is the inflection point for this technology? What are implications for decentralized power generation? What markets are hot for new technology deployment?
Chad Von Eck is the Vice President at Energy Storage. Chad is currently responsible for Viridity’s growing 20-megawatt energy storage portfolio. To date, he has personally led all of the company’s Microgrid, Energy Storage, and Frequency Regulation projects.
The battery systems provide grid-based reliability services and drive electric supply cost savings in various applications including, electric distribution systems, municipal utilities, commercial buildings, and traction power systems. Among them, an innovative project with SEPTA to capture excess energy from braking subway trains for later use.
Prior to Viridity, Chad enjoyed ten years at PJM Interconnection in leadership roles supporting energy market and reliability system development. Chad originally developed his business and technology management capabilities at Cisco Systems in demand planning and sales operations functions.
Chad earned an M.S.E. in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania and received a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Scranton.
Claire is a Senior Analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in the Advanced Transport Team.
Claire has an education in chemistry and engineering and writes about new transport technologies for BNEF, especially lithium ion technologies, prices, costs, and markets.
Dan Dobbs co-founded Solar Grid Storage and served as chief financial officer prior to the acquisition of its assets by SunEdison in 2015. At Solar Grid Storage, Mr. Dobbs developed the finance and operations models that created the first 3rd-party financed storage-as-a-service business model.
Prior to Solar Grid Storage, Mr. Dobbs was director of product management at SunEdison where he led efforts to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE). In this role, Mr. Dobbs managed the product roadmap designed to make unsubsidized solar energy competitive with traditional energy sources. In earlier roles, he established and ran the power purchase agreement (PPA) pricing process that generated more than 1GW of project pipeline and backlog for SunEdison.
Mr. Dobbs has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Technology & Policy and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Philippe joins Eos with 10 years of in-depth experience leading emerging technology and regulatory initiatives within the utility energy industry. While working previously within Southern California Edison’s Advanced Technology Organization, Philippe co-authored SCE’s Smart Grid Deployment Plan and managed a $3 million portfolio of diversified R&D and technology evaluation projects. Philippe previously worked as a research analyst for E Source—an energy research and consulting firm– where he specialized in demand-side management programs, smart grid technologies, and corporate greenhouse gas consulting. Philippe brings an interdisciplinary background in chemistry and environmental sciences and graduated with a B.A. from Pomona College.
Tim Grejtak is an Analyst for Lux Research’s Energy Storage Intelligence service based in Boston. By providing thoughtful analysis of changing markets and policies, and covering innovative new chemistries and companies, Tim helps clients navigate the complex industries of transportation and stationary energy storage.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Tim was a chemical engineer for Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage helping to develop safe, durable, and inexpensive grid-scale batteries based on a proprietary novel chemistry. There, he helped drive major improvements in battery design leading to a half-dozen awarded patents, as well as model system performance and benchmarking. Tim has gained experience with the automotive sector with stints at BMW and Better Place working on fuel cells and lithium ion chemistries, respectively.
Tim holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a minor in their interdisciplinary energy studies program.