Featured Session: Power Pairing: Hybridizing Resources with Storage


Evan Bierman
EDF Renewables, Director of Energy Storage Product Management and Renewable Integration

Evan M. Bierman, Ph.D. is the Director of Energy Storage Product Management and Renewable Integration at EDF Renewables. He is responsible for the full life cycle of battery products and projects, from strategy to execution, leading a cross functional team to create an industry leading storage portfolio EDF.  Evan develops hybrid storage technology roadmaps and business plans to drive both internal and external stakeholders to deliver optimal commercial hardware and software products and techniques.  He previously worked for SDG&E and Sempra renewables analyzing clean energy projects, sponsored prepared testimony submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission, and worked as an engineer to construct renewable energy facilities.  Evan received a Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of California at San Diego where he received fellowships from NASA Goddard and the US Department of Energy and published multiple papers.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mike Bowman
GE, CTO, Renewable Hybrids

Mike is the Chief Technology Officer for the GE Renewable Hybrids business where he is responsible for the overall technical strategy as well as leading the business’s engineering organization.  This organization is accountable for technology and product development along with application and requisition engineering. Additionally, Mike works with the other Renewable Energy business technology teams to build a holistic and aligned approach to our technology platform. Prior to the current role, Mike was the Sustainable Energy Advanced Technology leader at GE’s Research Center. Mike has been with GE for over 23 years with time spent in both GE Research Center and GE Energy developing products and technology. Over his career he has focused on energy conversion systems, performance technologies, product ideation and development, as well as leading efforts in understanding climate change and CO2 science.  Mike holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College.

Frank Jakob
Black & Veatch, Technology Manager - Energy Storage

Frank Jakob is the Energy Storage Technology Manager at Black & Veatch. His focus is on energy storage systems that improve and enhance renewable and conventional power generation. He has over 30 years experience with developing new applications for products. At Black & Veatch he works with electrochemical devices (batteries and fuel cells) and bulk storage technology (pumped hydro, molten salt, liquid air) in applications for renewable energy (solar photovoltaics and wind turbines) and for conventional generation (gas turbines, diesel engines; hydroelectric and coal plants). Adding energy storage improves operations, extends life, increases responsiveness, decreases emissions, and overall improves flexibility and sustainability.

Jeff St. John
Canary Media, Editor-in-Chief

Jeff St. John is editor-in-chief at Canary Media, where he covers the technology, economic, regulatory and social justice issues influencing the global transition to low-carbon energy in the electricity, transportation and building sectors. He is the former managing editor and senior grid edge editor of Greentech Media, and previously reported for The Fresno Bee, the Tri-City Herald and the Anchorage Daily News. He lives in Oakland, Calif. with his wife Tara Donoghue and his dog Lily, and enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing guitar with his nieces and nephews.

His areas of expertise include renewable energy, smart grid, distributed energy resources, energy storage, demand response and electric vehicles.

He earned his master’s degree from the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2001.

Energy storage offers productivity and efficiency for renewable power facilities, conventional generators, load-managers, EV chargers, infrastructure providers and more. Learn from real projects about the value propositions for hybridizing resources with storage and how it may change with storage technology innovation.

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