Featured Session: The Nearing Horizon for Longer Duration Storage


Javier Cavada
Highview, President and CEO

Dr. Javier Cavada joined Highview Power as CEO and President in September 2018 with the mission to drive the ambitious global expansion strategy for the company’s proprietary cryogenic energy storage technology. Cavada previously spent 17 years in leadership positions at Wärtsilä Corporation, one of the world’s top three technology companies in the energy market. As president of Wärtsilä’s energy division and member of the corporation’s executive board, Cavada led the company’s drive toward 100% renewables, spearheading a deep transformation that enabled the company to become a leading system integrator. Under Cavada’s leadership, Wärtsilä’s global market share in gas and liquid fuel power plants grew from nine percent to 21 percent. His long career at Wärtsilä also included extensive international experience, including executive roles in China, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Finland. In combination with these executive roles, Cavada chaired the board of Greensmith Energy Management Inc. He has also held leadership roles within the German multinational firm Robert Bosch in the fields of automotive technology and manufacturing. Cavada holds a PhD in industrial engineering and among other awards has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Cantabria in Spain.

Andy Colthorpe
Energy Storage News, Editor

Andy Colthorpe is editor and lead journalist at Energy-Storage.news and has been since the site began in late 2014. Formerly a reporter with Solar Media’s PV Tech site, Andy quickly realised that energy storage was the next big step towards the energy transition from fossil fuels - and has spent the intervening five years or so telling that to anyone that will listen. Son of an engineer, inventor and computer genius: Andy didn’t inherit any of that and decided the next best thing would be to become a technology journalist instead.

Jason Handley
Duke Energy, Director of Emerging Technology

Jason Handley, P.E. is the Director of the Emerging Technology Office at Duke Energy.  He is a respected utility industry professional based in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Jason has over 24 years of utility experience specializing in the smart grid, distributed intelligence, and operations management. Jason excels at understanding the increasingly complex utility environment, managing the new digital utility workforce, and delivering on the execution and financials of technology projects.   In his current role, Jason manages a team that identifies and develops new technologies impacting the electrical grid and oversees all the ongoing operational aspects on new technology pilot projects.  Jason is a past Chairman of EPRI’s IntelligGrid Program Advisory Committee P161, served on the Board of Directors for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, and served on the National Institute of Standards Technology’s Smart Grid Advisory Committee.  Currently, Jason serves on the SAS Utility Advisory Board, the DistribuTECH Advisory Committee, and numerous other committees.    Jason received his electrical engineering degree from Auburn University and his MBA at Wake Forest University.  He has been a registered professional engineer since 2002 and received his electrical contractor’s unlimited license in 2009.

Balki Iyer
Eos Energy Enterprises, Chief Commercial Officer

Dr. Balakrishnan G. Iyer (Balki) is a seasoned energy and utilities industry management professional, with rich experience driving business development for global conglomerates. Balki has successfully steered three startups from inception to exit, with investments from some of the largest utilities and financial investors worldwide. He was recently Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer of Utopus Insights, a New York-based global renewable energy analytics company, recently acquired by Vestas.

Balki began his career at Schlumberger; has previously served as COO of renewable energy giant, Enel Green Power; and as VP, Business Development at GE, where he drove technology developments for renewable energy and smart grid. Balki earned a Master’s in Engineering from Binghamton University in New York, an MBA from New York University (NYU) Stern, and Joint Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering & Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in India. In 2019, Balki was conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by his alma mater, Binghamton University, for his contributions to the fields of sustainable energy and inclusive education. He is Six Sigma Black Belt Certified.

As ambitions and the calls for decarbonization rise, longer-duration storage technologies are beginning market entry. Learn which technologies are ready for prime time, what the market looks like, and what grid operators, power producers, and corporate buyers need to know to capitalize on the long-duration opportunity.

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