Sandia National Laboratories safeguards the nation’s nuclear stockpile and helps the country solve some of its most pressing engineering problems in homeland security, energy, and basic research.
Sandia strives to become the laboratory that the U.S. turns to first for technology solutions to the most challenging problems that threaten peace and freedom for our nation and the globe.
Mr. Michael Pesin and Dr. Imre Gyuk of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability discuss the current and evolving state of research and implementation in energy storage technologies, including environmental and safety considerations.
From a manufacturer’s perspective, Mr. Eric Gallant of GS Battery presents a case study of energy storage installations, emphasizing energy storage in terms of its impact on people’s lives, as well as changes in such related areas as evolving codes and standards.
Babu Chalamala, Ph.D.
Babu Chalamala is the manager of the Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department at Sandia National Laboratories. Prior to joining Sandia in August 2015, he was a corporate fellow at MEMC Electronic Materials/SunEdison for five years, where he led R&D and product development in grid scale energy storage. Before that, he founded two startup companies commercializing large format lithium batteries and digital x-ray sources. Earlier, as a research staff member at Motorola, Research Triangle Institute, and Texas Instruments, he made contributions to the development of electronic materials and device technologies. Babu is a fellow of the IEEE and the Academy of Sciences St Louis, a life member of the Electrochemical Society, and a member of the Materials Research Society. He was a co-chair of the 2006 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting and served on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Access, and the Journal of Display Technology. He has authored over 90 papers and received eight US patents. He has a B.Tech in electronics and communications engineering from Sri Venkateswara University and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of North Texas. He received the 2015 James B. Eads Engineering Award of the Academy of Sciences St Louis.
Dan Borneo is an engineering program/project lead and principal member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He is the project team leader for the Industry Acceptance Thrust Area of Sandia’s Energy Storage Systems Program. Dan utilizes his 35+ years of experience in the electrical power industry and collaborates with the energy storage industry, utilities, academia, and state energy agencies to facilitate moving innovative electrical energy storage technologies and systems to commercialized products and services. Dan holds both a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico and is a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of New Mexico.
Raymond Byrne, Ph.D.
Ray Byrne is the team lead for the Analytics and Regulatory Thrust Area of Sandia’s Energy Storage Systems Program. His research interests include optimal control of energy storage to maximize revenue and grid benefits, as well as control problems related to the grid integration of renewables. Ray is a fellow of the IEEE and a member of Eta Kappa Nu. He is a distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, where he has been employed since 1989. Ray holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico (control theory and electronics). He also received an M.S. in financial mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Stanley Atcitty, Ph.D.
Stan Atcitty is a distinguish member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He leads the Power Electronics Thrust Area of Sandia’s Energy Storage Systems Program, with research interests in power electronics necessary for integrating energy storage and distributed generation with the electric utility grid. Five of his projects have won the prestigious R&D 100 award. Stan received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineering in 2012. He has published over 50 technical papers, and he holds four patents with another two pending. He is a senior member of the IEEE. Stan received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University and received a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Virginia Tech.
Jacquelynne Hernandez is the project lead for Industry Acceptance and Strategic Outreach for Sandia’s Energy Storage Systems Program. Her areas of expertise include asynchronous machine modeling and validation, electricity utility management, and energy policy (oil and gas pipelines, energy cyber standards, and RTO/ISO market compliance). Current projects include the Department of Energy (DOE) Global Energy Storage Database (in partnership with Strategen), the DOE/EPRI Electricity Storage Handbook in collaboration with NRECA, the DOE/Energy Storage Systems website, annual Peer Review and conference administration, applicable energy storage feasibility studies and policy, and regulatory guidance for market structures. She holds a B.A. in history/physics from Vassar College, a B.S. in electrical engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in electrical engineering (power engineering) from New Mexico State University.
Summer Ferreira, Ph.D.
Summer Ferreira is a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. She leads the Safety Research Thrust Area of Sandia’s Energy Storage Systems Program. She oversees outreach activities with stakeholders through the ESS Safety Working Group with coordinated efforts from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sandia staff as well as participation from over one hundred interested stakeholders. The safety thrust has dedicated R&D activities within Sandia that range from empirical analysis of non-abuse and abuse condition performance of commercial battery technologies at the cell and string level, complemented by modeling activities that scale to system level energy storage under operation, with a focus on off-normal, abuse, and failure conditions. Summer holds a B.S. from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and received her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.