Supercapacitor-Based Energy Storage: Unlocking The Potential Of A Sustainable Energy Future— Safely, Economically, And Efficiently (Energy Storage Innovations USA 2018)

Mr Omer Ghani, Managing Director
Kilowatt Labs, Inc.
United States


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Presentation Summary

• Objective
This presentation will demonstrate the advantages and viability of supercapacitor-based energy storage as a safe, efficient and effective alternative to chemical batteries. Included in the presentation will be several case-studies demonstrating the broad applicability of this
transformative technology.
• Background/Introduction
As storage media, supercapacitors have many positive attributes including:
o High DC to DC round-trip efficiency (>99% @25⁰C)
o Long cycle and calendar life
o Supercap cell cycle life and capacity are unaffected by high C-rates
o Wide operating temperature range: -30⁰C to 85 ⁰C*
o They generate little or no heat during charge or discharge cycles*
o They can be fully utilized e.g. 100% depth of discharge (DOD)
o They have no thermal runaway risk.
*performance may vary at different temperatures and at different C-rates.
Despite these many advantages, supercapacitors have limitations that have restricted their use to power applications that require fast charge and discharge. These limitations include:
o Unstable when connected in series;
o Linear discharge rate;
o High leakage current;
o And low specific energy
Recent advances in technology have addressed the first three limitations while advances in materials technology have addressed the specific energy limitation, allowing for the development of the world's first supercapacitor-based storage solution that is a viable alternative to chemical batteries in most applications.
• Results
As stated above, these advances in technology have resulted in the world's first supercapacitor based energy storage system that is a viable alternative to chemical batteries in most applications. My presentation will present technical metrics of this new technology and discuss its broad applicability across industries and use cases including, but not limited to:
o Cell Tower Storage
o Solar + Storage
o Genset + Storage
o Microgrids
o Solar Street Lights
• Conclusion
Advances in technology and commercialization of this new product helps unlock the potential of a sustainable energy future—safely, economically, and efficiently.

Speaker Biography (Omer Ghani)

Omer launched Kilowatt Labs in 2015 with a conviction that better solutions to the world's complex energy problems are within reach.
With over 25 years of experience in media, manufacturing, professional services, and corporate finance, Omer brings to Kilowatt Labs his business acumen and passion for building companies that fundamentally reshape the landscapes in which they operate.
A regular publisher of articles and speaker at leading energy conferences worldwide, Omer is passionate about sharing his vision for how technological innovation can unlock the potential of renewable energy and provide practical, long-term solutions to some of the world's most pressing energy challenges.
Prior to Kilowatt Labs, Omer founded CNBC Arabia, the Arab world's first 24-hour Arabic language business news channel.
As co-founder of Dynaforge (which later became part of Mannan Shahid Forgings), Pakistan's leading automotive parts manufacturer, Omer established the country's first export markets to US and European markets, making it possible for other Pakistani manufacturers to do the same.
Omer's additional experience includes several years as engagement manager for KPMG Consulting in Karachi, delivering strategic solutions to some of the largest institutions in Pakistan, and two years as manager in the merchant banking division of London's Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
Omer holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University.

Company Profile (Kilowatt Labs, Inc.)

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Kilowatt Labs is a New York City headquartered technology company focused on the creation of innovative products that address the world's most complex energy problems. The company designs, manufactures and sells energy storage and power management solutions that deliver unprecedented performance across a broad range of industrial, commercial and residential applications, and facilitate the integration of renewable energy into conventional energy distribution systems, ultimately making reliable energy accessible everywhere including in underserved regions.
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