Energy Storage Event

Experts Explore Energy Storage and Job Creation Opportunities for Northern Ohio

CLEVELAND, November 9, 2015 — More than 150 experts in the energy storage space shared information and insights at the Northern Ohio Energy Storage and Integration Workshop held at NASA Glenn Research Center’s Mission Integration Center (MIC) October 29-30. The dialogue focused on creating a regional ecosystem that would support energy storage and integration for terrestrial and transportation (ground, air and space) applications. The goal? Delivering high-quality, timely, needed products to the marketplace while creating jobs for the Northern Ohio region. 

Hosted by NASA Glenn Research Center and sponsored by Team NEO, FirstEnergy, Case Western Reserve University/Great Lakes Energy Institute and the University of Toledo, the two-day workshop brought a variety of innovative ideas to light. 

“Northern Ohio is well-positioned to serve as the hub of the energy storage industry,” said Team NEO CEO Bill Koehler. “Our region’s corporations and other industry-related organizations possess the knowledge and talent required to establish and maintain a sustainable energy storage cluster that will help fuel our job creation efforts.” 

NASA Glenn Research Center Director Jim Free agreed. “When you look at the strength of Northern Ohio’s resources in the energy arena — the technological expertise, emerging technologies and well-equipped facilities — it becomes clear that the future of energy storage and integration is right here. The potential for this industry is enormous. We are very excited to be part of this effort.” 

Indeed, it is estimated that energy storage will be a $50 billion opportunity by 2020. Further, according to a 2014 Forbes magazine article, energy storage is going to be one of the defining features of the 21st century landscape.

Topics discussed over the two-day workshop included: how energy storage solves a problem, what holes need to be filled in existing technologies, how solutions will be integrated in the grid and transportation, where we are today, and what’s needed for the future both mid- and long-term. In addition, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D OH 9th District), who was a special guest speaker, closed the workshop with a personal, passionate speech to those in attendance about the importance to Northern Ohio becoming a major player in the energy storage and integration business and offering her support to realizing that vision. 

About Team NEO

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