Featured Session: Storage is Software: Optimize It


Nate Diamond
Doosan GridTech, Manager, Software Engineering

As Doosan GridTech’s Manager of Software Engineering, Nate Diamond steers the artificial intelligence development of our market-leading Intelligent Controller energy management system for global energy storage deployments and optimization. Working closely with utilities and project developers, he has deep experience designing predictive software solutions that reliably execute storage dispatch, capitalize on value streams, and engage autonomous responses to dynamic risk profiles. An early disciple of open standards interface design and interoperable systems, Nate was a key technical leader on the development of Doosan’s landmark Austin SHINES’ distributed energy resources management system. Austin SHINES was one of the first DERMS studies to prove that utilities and their customers could both benefit economically from holistic DER integration.

Driven by a passion to deliver essential building blocks for superior, safe, and coherent software experiences, he is committed to propelling the pace of innovation for our company and the energy storage industry at large. Nate has served as a founding member of SunSpec’s Blockchain Security task force and holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Texas.

Dan Finn-Foley
Wood Mackenzie, Head of Energy Storage

Dan is the head of the Energy Storage team at Wood Mackenzie (formerly GTM Research) where he directs research into global storage market trends and supports the growing Energy Transition practice. Dan creates high-impact, quick-analysis reports and insights for clients to help them follow the fast-moving energy storage market and make smarter decisions more quickly.

Dan has more than 10 years of experience in the energy space as a researcher, consultant, and analyst. He previously worked as a senior consultant with the energy technical consultancy DNV GL, where he focused on competitive energy markets. Prior to DNV GL, Dan worked with Navigant Consulting and the US Department of Energy Hydrogen Program.

Dan has earned a Verisk Way to Go award for his work in launching the Verisk Energy Storage Data Hub. He’s also a well-known subject matter expert on stationary storage and the energy transition and has spoken at dozens of conferences and events.

Dan holds an MS in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst Wind Energy Center and a BS in mathematics and physics from Brown University.

Dan is active in Verisk community groups, including the Women Advancing Grid Edge initiative, and assists at networking events for young professionals in the energy field.

Dr. Colleen Lueken
Fluence, Lead Data Scientist

As Lead Data Scientist, Colleen leads a team working on improving battery performance through advanced analytics and machine learning and creating tools that give customers better insights for decision-making. Colleen was previously Director of Market Analytics at Fluence, where she led analytics for renewables and storage applications and contributed to market development for storage in the U.S. and internationally. Since 2017, Colleen has served as a governor-appointed member of the Virginia Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority, which has the goal of promoting the growth of solar and energy storage in Virginia. Colleen holds a dual PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal, a Master’s in Engineering and Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.

Energy storage is the most flexible asset for the power system, and software is the key to making flexibility valuable. Learn how software and controls are maximizing value from storage units and aggregations, as well as the implications for optimizing the larger power system.

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