The Future of Energy Storage

Keeping the lights on with clean energy 

Imagine for a moment that we have built enough wind and solar power plants to supply 100 percent of the electricity a region like California or a country like Germany consumes in a year. The continuing rapid cost declines of wind and solar power generation assets make it possible that ambitious energy targets can be met at costs competitive with fossil fuels. However, experts agree, without energy storage it will be impossible to get beyond 80% renewable energy. The variable character of wind and solar power makes it impossible to guarantee sufficient supply of energy 24 hours a day. Energy storage goes far beyond the use in electric vehicles. It is the key to a transformation of the way we generate and consume electric energy. Besides enabling the replacement of fossil fuel power plants, storage has a wide variety of other benefits, for utilities, grid operators and private and commercial users. Our expert panel will discuss topics like:

  • What is the roadmap for more storage integration? Germany vs California, what can we learn from each other?
  • If the case for energy storage is so clear cut, why don’t we see more of it? What are major hurdles?
  • Silicon Valley: Innovation Hub for the world. What is the impact of entrepreneurs/startups?

This panel discussion is organized in cooperation with WATTS & WINE, an event series of inspirational talks and networking all around the energy space and beyond, hosted by innogy New Ventures LLC.


  • Sila Kiliccote, Staff Scientist at SLAC / Managing Director of Grid Innovations at Stanford University
  • Jorg Heinemann, Chief Commercial Office von Primus Power
  • Michelle Bogen, Advanced Technology Engineer at BMW Technology Office
  • Timothy Wang, Principal at The Westly Group



  • Eric Olson, Senior Vice President at BSR- San Francisco



456 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301  Map


6:00 – 6:30 pm Registration / Networking Reception
6:30 – 8:00 pm Program
8:00 – 9:00 pm Networking

Complimentary appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served.


Early Bird until May 17: Free! for Members, $30 Non-Members
Regular: $20 Members, $35 Non-Members
$50 Day of event