Breakout Session: End of Life but Not End of Story: Recycling Battery Energy Storage Systems

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Ganesh Bala
Renewance Inc., VP Sales

Ganesh has over 25 years of experience working with customers around the world delivering products & solutions of which 10+ years have been in the Energy Storage industry. He has spent significant time launching & commercializing advanced battery technologies ( Sodium Nickel Chloride batteries) while working for General Electric Energy Storage. He has also spent 3 years with Trojan Battery Company in a market development role. Currently Ganesh works for Renewance Inc, a company focused on Energy Storage life cycle management including end of life battery Reuse and Recycling.

Marc Chupka
U.S. Energy Storage Association, ‎Vice President, Research and Programs

Marc Chupka delivers impactful and actionable resources to stakeholders by conducting research and developing content for ESA events and publications. He also leads the ESA Corporate Responsibility Initiative Task Force and direct the Technical Advisory Council. Mr. Chupka has over three decades of public and private sector experience analyzing energy markets, technology and policy.  Prior to joining ESA, Mr. Chupka was a private sector consultant, most recently as a Principal at The Brattle Group.  Earlier, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, and as the Chief Economist and Associate Director of Air, Energy and Transportation at the White House Office of Environmental Policy, where he authored the first Climate Change Action Plan for President Clinton. Mr. Chupka earned a BA in Economics from Yale College, and an MS and M. Phil in Economics from Yale University.

Dr. Davion Hill
Momentum Energy Storage Partners, Partner & Co-founder

Davion Hill is an entrepreneur and energy storage expert. He is partner and cofounder of Momentum Energy Storage Partners, a capital-backed energy storage project development company. Dr. Hill also serves on the Board of Directors for NYBEST as Vice Chair at Large. He served as President (2015) and Chairman (2016) for NAATBatt International and was an executive board member for 8 years. He previously managed DNV GL’s energy storage business in the US and globally where he started 3 business worth $5M/y in revenue. He has personally advised former clients, negotiated technical contracts, and aided in the development of over $100M in energy storage projects. As an expert witness, he helped former clients receive settlements totaling more than $16M.  He is a patent holder on energy storage sensing technologies, and served as principal investigator for aviation, marine, heavy bus, and energy storage R&D programs with ARPA-e, NYSERDA, the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the California Energy Commission. He led and co-authored joint industry programs on hybrid marine vessels, energy storage recommended practices, and industry-leading reports on battery performance and safety.  He created the industry-first Battery Performance Scorecard, and he was also principal investigator and primary author for the 2017 public report “Considerations for ESS Fire Safety” which answered battery fire safety questions for Consolidated Edison and FDNY in New York, and was also the lead expert witness for the Arizona Public Service McMicken explosion. He is a thought leader quoted in over 40 interviews and media channels, has been a public speaker at dozens of conferences and meetings since 2003, and is an accomplished author with over 60 publications. He acquired his PhD in applied materials physics from The Ohio State University in 2006.

Menka Sethi
American Battery Technology Company, Chief Operating Officer

Menka Sethi joined American Battery technology company in September of 2020. She leads strategy, policy, operations, marketing, communications, public relations, compliance, branding, and facility operations to scale American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) into a commercial scale clean technology platform that increases supply of rare lithium-battery metals in the United States and beyond.

She is creating and leading ABTC’s five-part operational approach that 1) Secures supply chains 2) Addresses climate change 3) Empowers people and place 4) “Greens'' the industry and 5) evolves regulatory frameworks and growth of clean manufacturing jobs in Nevada and beyond.

From 2016-2020, Menka served as Director of Location Strategy and Site Optimization at Facebook, where she led the company’s global location strategies to scale the company in a way that works for Facebook and local communities alike, while deploying $1B in direct housing investments and $100MM towards California housing policy reform across the coming decade.

She is a licensed architect and received her Bachelor of Architecture (1999) from Carnegie Mellon University and M.B.A (2005) from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Menka is also an Adjunct professor at California Polytechnic University, teaching courses in real estate finance, affordable housing development, and housing policy.


Options for recycling battery energy storage systems at end-of-life are continuing to expand with the addition of new technologies, new start-up companies in the space, and innovative business models. Beyond the environmental advantages, recycling is increasingly considered an important domestic source of raw materials for a U.S.-based supply chain.  Learn how emerging firms are serving the growing market for recycling for spent energy storage batteries.

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