February 8, 2019 – Matthew Thibodeau, a vice president and project director of Sargent & Lundy’s energy consulting business, is moderating the Battery Storage News - Utility Scale Development panel at the Powering Africa Summit Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. ET.
The fifth annual summit, taking place Feb. 25-27 in Miami, brings together North American decision-makers and leaders of Africa’s energy sector. Ministers and high-level government officials, public sector representatives, investors, and industry leaders attend to present energy projects and build relationships within the international power community.
Thibodeau, Doug Moorehead, president of FlexGen Power Systems, and Tajudeen Dantata, chairman of Kano Disco (Nigeria), are discussing the following topics during the panel:
- As Eskom in South Africa seeks to builds its utility scale storage – how is this being achieved and what does this mean for other utilities across the continent?
- How far away is storage from being a powerful part of the utility revolution?
- Storage beyond batteries, and why storage is paramount to renewable power systems.
- Sector Review: Technology Update – independent review of storage.
“It is critical for utilities to understand how best to utilize energy storage systems to provide the most value to their power systems,” said Thibodeau. “We have seen this first-hand through our work on numerous storage projects, such as battery projects providing frequency regulation in the PJM market to the largest battery energy storage project in the world which is currently being developed in California.”
Thibodeau provides leadership within Sargent & Lundy on renewable energy, battery energy storage, grid modernization, and utility planning projects. He is a thought leader on competitive power markets and energy resiliency with significant expertise in the development, financing, construction, and operation of wind and solar projects, as well as battery energy storage projects. Thibodeau is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.