Risk approach to electricity grid storage innovations

02 Mar 2017

Hosted by the Swiss Re Institute
Location: Rüschlikon/Zurich, Switzerland


Renewable energy has made our power consumption more climate friendly. However, as weather patterns change and renewables become less centralised, grid management has become more complex. Providing flexibility is key and new types of energy storage may provide the solution.

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Welcoming address
Gregory Schiffer, Head Global Engineering, Swiss Re


Imperativeness of energy storage systems on the grid – current and prospective technology overview
Prof. Donald R. Sadoway, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology (MIT)


Lithium-Ion battery storage as the fundament of a second electrification wave. A safe operation?
Marcus Müller, Technical University Munich, Visiting Scholar at MIT


Redox flow batteries to minimise the risk caused by the rapid development of fast chargers for electric cars on grid stability
Prof. Hubert Girault, École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL), Labora- tory of Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry, group of Physical and Analytical Elec- trochemistry


Coffee break


Creating a Sustainable, Large-Scale Electricity Storage Solution
Dr. Giw Zanganeh, Airlight Energy SA, Head of Energy Storage Technologies


A utility risk perspective on battery energy storage
Michael Koller, Chief Technology Officer, EKZ


A technology provider risk perspective on stationary utility scale BESS
Dr. Daniel Chartouni, Head of Energy and Material Department, ABB


Lunch break


Risk engineering approach on battery energy storage systems
Philipp Sager, Senior Risk Engineer, Property Centre Swiss


An ENTSO-E risk perspec- tive on grid energy storage
Norela Constantinescu, ENTSO-E, Senior Advisor, Research and Innovation


Role of grid energy storage for the energy transition: centralized or decentralized?
Dr. Andreas Ulbig, Adaptricity/ETH, Power Systems Laboratory


Coffee break


Role of public policy for  ESS innovation and diffusion
Prof. Tobias Schmidt, Head of Energy Politics Group, ETH Zurich


Round table discussion: Role of the (re)insurance industry in the grid transformation grid storage perspective


Closing remarks
Dr. Victor Victorsson, Senior Underwriter Engineering, Global Engineering, Swiss Re





About the organisers

Swiss Re Global Engineering – Enabling progress

Engineers often push the boundaries of the tried and tested and involve risks along the way that are hard for the insurance industry to assess and even harder to underwrite. Swiss Re Global Engineering is at the frontier of technology and develops and tailors protection products with our clients as new technologies and exposures evolve. Swiss Re manages wind and solar energy risks for its various clients in Reinsurance and Corporate Solutions. For example, we successfully offer against the lack of solar irradiation or against wind resource volatility, and we were the leading re-insurer of the world's longest and deepest railway tunnel, the Gotthard Base tunnel.

Swiss Re Institute – Providing the outside-in perspective

The Swiss Re Institute aims to build on Swiss Re's position as the thought leader in the re/insurance industry by developing and publishing industry-relevant research from internal experts and external partners. The institute engages with stakeholders by sharing insights, tailored services and products to enable risk-focused decision making and smarter solutions to manage risk