Large-scale Energy Storage – the power plant of the future

What happens when energy is free?

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Battery networks store all the renewable energy produced during the day, so we can power our homes at night without burning fossil fuels.

Batteries store electricity when it’s cheapest–for example in the middle of the night when grid power tends to go down in price, or in the middle of the afternoon, when solar panels are maximizing their output. By networking the sites together, the storage becomes a valuable additional power reservoir on the grid.

California is far and away the biggest energy storage market to date. In 2013, it already passed a law (AB 2514), requiring utilities to invest in large-scale storage. There has been a wave of project financing for such projects, allowing corporate customers to install equipment without having to pay upfront.


Leo Keller

In 2000, Leo Keller started as a Business Angel for Startups in the area of Semantic Intelligence. He re-founded Netbreeze GmbH in 2002, and successfully performed as co-CEO until 2009, inciting interest from Microsoft, who finally acquired Netbreeze GmbH in 2013.

For the past 10 years, he has developed over 50 different business solutions using Semantic Technologies and Open Data implemented across multiple professional disciplines (Private Banking, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance and Reinsurance, Automotive, FMCG, Government and Research) and business sectors (Business Intelligence, Product Development, Marketing and Market Research, Risk and Issue Management, Communication and Reputation, Compliance and Anti-Counterfeiting). With his company Blue Ocean SWS, Leo continues to act as a business angel and entrepreneur in this technology sector, successfully entering the field of M&A.

Previously, Leo Keller was co-Head of A.T. Kearney Switzerland and a member of the Executive Group of Arthur D. Little (Switzerland), where he successfully acted as Strategy Consultant with a special focus on Learning Organization, Change Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. He holds a master degree in Natural Science (ETH Zürich) and in OE Organization Development (SAAP).;Blue Ocean Semantic Web Solutions GmbH is a recognized leader in Semantic Web Technology and Open Source Intelligence, acting as a consultancy firm for system integration projects.

For over 12 years, Blue Ocean SWS has successfully delivered solution on the use of internet data (“listen to the Web”) that immensely improve Business Intelligence processes, focus on unstructured web data, social media and stakeholder themes for specified data sources.

The team combines Web Technology and Consulting, with its vast experience in Marketing, Market Research, Business Intelligence and Risk and Compliance Management. Its industrial competences lie in a broad range of industry segments, including Insurance, Banking, Pharmacy, Life Science, FMCG, Retail, Travel and Leisure.

Blue Ocean SWS is a recognized expert in the area of start-up coaching, M&A, Internet Policy Consulting, Internet Crime and Compliance and Marketing Research Solutions, running M&A projects and acting as a strategic partner and business angel for various start-ups in the field of Semantic Intelligence.

Martin Beuse

Martin joined the Energy Politics Group (EPG) in May 2017 as a PhD candidate. His research interest is on the role of policy and finance in supporting energy storage technologies innovation and diffusion. It is supported by the Swiss Competence Center for Heat and Electricity Storage.

Prior to joining EPG, Martin worked as a Senior Consultant for E.ON Inhouse Consulting for two years, where he advised the management on strategy, innovation and business development topics, focusing on energy storage and photovoltaic technologies.

Martin holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from TU Braunschweig (Germany). He wrote his Master`s Thesis at ETH (SusTec), conducting techno-economic analyses on energy storage across different geographies and applications and advising both a Swiss private equity investor as well as the Swiss Federal Office of Energy based on his findings. His research was supported by a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

During his studies, he gained further work experience though several internships, e.g. with Siemens (Erlangen, Germany), with the RWE Power AG (Essen, Germany) and with RWE Consulting where he worked on a project in Prague (Czech Republic) and was accepted for the RWE Next Talents program afterwards. Martin also learned about energy finance during an internship with NORD/LB in New York City (USA), where he worked on several deals to finance renewable energy projects.

In his spare time, Martin enjoys the outdoors, keeping himself fit with Freeletics and rooting for SV Werder Bremen.