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Special Session

Battery Storage Technologies & Their Potential Applications in the Power Systems


Wei-Jen Lee, PhD, PE

Professor and Director Energy Systems Research Center The University of Texas at Arlington


Electrical power infrastructures are changing dramatically around the globe due to smart grid initiatives, the establishment of renewables and the resulting distributed nature of creating electricity, the need for independent microgrids to ensure grid reliability, new demands from end users, the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the capability to accommodate mixed energy resources. As a result, the power network faces great challenges in generation, transmission and distribution to meet new and many times unpredictable demands of providing coherent electricity supply. Battery Energy Storage (BES) has been considered a game-changer with a number of technologies that have great potential in meeting these challenges. However, the wide variety of options and complex performance matrices can make it difficult to appraise specific BES technology for particular applications. This presentation intends to contribute information that will give a Smart Grid user a clearer picture of the state-of-the-art electrochemical technologies available, and where they would be suited for integration into a power generation and distribution system.


Professor Lee received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan., and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, in 1978, 1980, and 1985, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the director of the Energy Systems Research Center at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been involved in the revision of IEEE Std. 141, 339, 551, 739, 1584, 3002.8, and 3002.9 development. He is the President of the IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) and editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IAS Magazine. He is the project manager of IEEE/NFPA Collaboration on Arc Flash Phenomena Research Project. Prof. Lee has been involved in research on Utility Deregulation, Renewable Energy, Arc Flash Hazards and Electrical Safety, Smart Grid, MicroGrid, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Virtual Power Plants (VPP), AI for Load, Price, and Wind Capacity Forecasting, Power Quality, Distribution Automation, Demand Response, Power Systems Analysis, Short Circuit Analysis and Relay Coordination, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Storage System, PEV Charging Infrastructure Design, AMI and Big Data, On Line Real Time Equipment Diagnostic and Prognostic System, and Microcomputer Based Instrument for Power Systems Monitoring, Measurement, Control, and Protection. He has served as the primary investigator (PI) or Co-PI of over one hundred funded research projects. He has published more than one hundred and ninety journal papers and two hundred ninety conference proceedings. He has provided on-site training courses for power engineers in Panama, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Singapore. He has refereed numerous technical papers for IEEE, IET, and other professional organizations. Prof. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE and registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.