Commercial and Industrial Utility Grade Energy Storage Systems

Reviewing a Nascent Industry

5th to 7th DECEMBER 2016, SINGAPORE

About The Course

This course will provide a detailed analysis of Commercial and Industrial Utility Grade Energy Storage Systems. Beginning with an overview of the current available technologies the course will present the elements of Commercial and Industrial Energy Storage (C&IES) with a focus on the benefits to Commercial and Industrial energy users as well as the advantages of energy storage for Utilities. Issues to be covered include: Storage system design, battery applications, component specification and installation, integration of storage with Renewable Energy (RE) systems, multiple presentations of specific manufacturers of storage systems, O&M issues, available industry resources for ongoing education and the development of individual projects as a Capstone to the course. The presentation is by a RE expert with over 25 years of personal experience with training administrators, contractors and other instructors on the topic of independent RE storage based systems

Learning Outcomes

This course will allow participants to gain practical and theoretical knowledge about C&IES systems with a focus on real-world applications and current working examples of the various technologies.

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • Define & explain how Commercial and Industrial Energy Storage (C&IES) operates and the benefits of these systems.
  • Describe and identify components of a C&IES system
  • Identify the best application and limitations of each system type
  • Calculate  C&IES system costs
  • Describe financial benefits of C&IES systems
  • Correctly size a C&IES system
  • Recommend a C&IES system type to meet a business owner’s or Utility administrators goals
  • Provide clients with equipment and vendor information
  • Identify and describe different C&IES system types, their storage capabilities and their recommended uses
  • Identify and describe the additional System components for integrating Renewable Energy (RE) Systems into C&IES systems
  • Explain and safety issues with C&IES system
  • Define commissioning, operation and maintenance procedures for C&IES systems
  • Demonstrate proper safety procedures when installing a C&IES systems
  • Size and design a PV system to satisfy consumer demands, site specifics, and the NEC

Who Should Attend

  • Project developers and administrators
  • Investors
  • EPCs
  • Project managers
  • Installers
  • Designers
  • Government policy makers

Course Faculty - Christopher LaForge

IREC Certified Master Trainer
– Photovoltaic Technologies

Christopher LaForge

Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and is a NABCEP certified Photovoltaic Installation Professional. He has been an instructor with the Midwest Renewable Energy Institute since 1993 Teaching advanced Photovoltaic (PV) design and installation and is an IREC Certified Master Trainer (TM) in Photovoltaic Technologies. Christopher was the primary curriculum developer for the MREI Photovoltaic courses at the Institutes inception.


A strong advocate for clean energy production Christopher volunteers with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (board of directors member 2004-2014, Chair of the Nominations Committee-current) and with the Northern Futures Foundation.

Christopher LaForge has been designing, specifying, installing and operating Battery based Solar Electric systems (PV) for over 30 years.  LaForge has lived “off-Grid” for over 26 years where he runs his business Great Northern Solar.


LaForge has been training contractors, administrators and officials in the operation of PV systems including those employing storage for over 26 years.  In the last 5 years LaForge has been investigating and developing trainings for the application of energy storage in commercial and other large applications.


With the development of Lithium Ion and other advanced battery technologies LaForge has begun to consult and present trainings in battery design and deployment for the commercial market.


In 2016 LaForge developed a hands-on seminar for retrofitting a LiOn storage and energy arbitrage system for a commercial building in Duluth Minnesota.  The Hartley Solar Storage Retrofit Seminar walked participants through the design and implementation of the advanced storage system to provide for building resiliency and peak demand load shaving as well and potential other ancillary services for the Hartley Nature Center and Minnesota Power – the site Utility.


This small prototype is beta-testing Energy Arbitrage software that allows the client to choose several operational modes for cost reduction and resiliency.


Most recently LaForge presented “Energy Storage into Renewable Energy Systems” for the North Central Electrical League in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area of Minnesota.

Learning Outcome

  • Outlining Storage Types
  • Designing Storage Systems
  • Battery Basics
  • Battery Sizing
  • Buyers Guide
  • Battery containment Requirements for containing battery banks
  • Battery containment – Typical commercial battery containment
  • MSDS Exotic batteries have serious use issues-see the example
This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan