Power and renewables

Augmentation planning 101: Preparing for the now (and later)

Augmentation planning 101

Energy Storage Webinar Series: Webinar #2

This webinar is the second in a series of webinars focused on optimizing energy storage projects and building confidence with investors. DNV experts will deliver 30-minute sessions on how to mitigate key storage project risks, specifically covering energy storage agreement reviews, augmentation strategies, and emerging li-ion technology trends. Due to the concise nature of these webinars, there will not be a live Q&A. If you'd like our experts to discuss a specific topic, you can submit a question in the registration form and we will address it in the webinar or follow-up with you afterwards.

Once performance requirements are established, how do you design a system to ensure performance over the long term? This webinar informs developers, utilities and other stakeholders on the unique aspects of battery energy capacity augmentation, helping to design and manage a storage system over the project useful life. Specifically, presenters discussed:

  • How much spare capacity should be built-in from the beginning? 
  • Setting augmentation plans now, and how they may evolve with operating experience
  • Accounting for balance of plant and auxiliary system components
  • Planning for future technology improvements
  • Tradeoffs between oversizing and augmentation in cost and performance
You can view the on-demand recording of the webinar here.

DNV Experts:

20200130 Michael Kleinberg 200x200pxlMichael Kleinberg, PhD. is the Head of Department for DNV’s Energy Storage Advisory team, the leading technical advisor for energy storage and hybrid renewables in North America. Michael has over 10 years of industry experience specializing in energy storage, hybrid renewables, microgrids, DER, and advanced grid analytics. Michael has supported development and financing of over 6GWh of energy storage across the globe. He has served as Primary Investigator on multiple ARPA-E and NYSERDA energy research initiatives and has presented at over 50 technical conferences and events. Michael received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.


20200225 Mohammed Muthalib 200x200pxlDr. Mohammed Muthalib is a Senior Consultant working with DNV’s Energy Advisory group in Chalfont, PA, USA. He has extensive experience in performance data analysis and data-driven modelling of physical systems connected to the electric grid. At DNV, he is a Team Lead for analytics and engineering services including solar + storage operational modeling, battery degradation and augmentation modeling, development of technical specifications, and performance analysis of utility scale battery energy storage projects. He also supports DNV’s broader advisory services for other distributed energy resources such as fuel cell generation systems. Dr. Muthalib earned his Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. His previous research focused on the development of a framework for utilizing buildings as thermostatically controllable energy resources for the electric grid; which included development of methodologies for load modelling from operational data, model-based analysis tools, and model integration into electric grid studies.


20210830 Nellie Tong 200x200pxlNellie Tong is a Principal Consultant in DNV’s Storage and Grid Edge Intelligence team.  She has almost 20 years of experience in the energy and utility industry. Nellie is an experienced project manager, and has led several multiyear projects that require cross-disciplinary analytics and extensive stakeholder engagement. Her project experience includes distributed resource planning (DRP), DER potential studies and emerging technology R&D. She serves as the lead consultant in numerous storage and renewables projects that range from market assessment, strategy development and technical due diligence. In 2021, Nellie managed technical due diligence for over $2 billion and over 4 GWh of storage M&A transactions in DNV’s role as the buy-side independent engineer. 

This webinar is the second in a series of webinars focused on optimizing energy storage projects and building confidence with investors. DNV experts will deliver 30-minute sessions on how to mitigate key storage project risks, specifically covering energy storage agreement reviews, augmentation strategies, and emerging li-ion technology trends. Due to the concise nature of these webinars, there will not be a live Q&A. If you'd like our experts to discuss a specific topic, you can submit a question in the registration form and we will address it in the webinar or follow-up with you afterwards.

Once performance requirements are established, how do you design a system to ensure performance over the long term? This webinar informs developers, utilities and other stakeholders on the unique aspects of battery energy capacity augmentation, helping to design and manage a storage system over the project useful life. Specifically, presenters discussed:

  • How much spare capacity should be built-in from the beginning? 
  • Setting augmentation plans now, and how they may evolve with operating experience
  • Accounting for balance of plant and auxiliary system components
  • Planning for future technology improvements
  • Tradeoffs between oversizing and augmentation in cost and performance
You can view the on-demand recording of the webinar here.

DNV Experts:

20200130 Michael Kleinberg 200x200pxlMichael Kleinberg, PhD. is the Head of Department for DNV’s Energy Storage Advisory team, the leading technical advisor for energy storage and hybrid renewables in North America. Michael has over 10 years of industry experience specializing in energy storage, hybrid renewables, microgrids, DER, and advanced grid analytics. Michael has supported development and financing of over 6GWh of energy storage across the globe. He has served as Primary Investigator on multiple ARPA-E and NYSERDA energy research initiatives and has presented at over 50 technical conferences and events. Michael received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.


20200225 Mohammed Muthalib 200x200pxlDr. Mohammed Muthalib is a Senior Consultant working with DNV’s Energy Advisory group in Chalfont, PA, USA. He has extensive experience in performance data analysis and data-driven modelling of physical systems connected to the electric grid. At DNV, he is a Team Lead for analytics and engineering services including solar + storage operational modeling, battery degradation and augmentation modeling, development of technical specifications, and performance analysis of utility scale battery energy storage projects. He also supports DNV’s broader advisory services for other distributed energy resources such as fuel cell generation systems. Dr. Muthalib earned his Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. His previous research focused on the development of a framework for utilizing buildings as thermostatically controllable energy resources for the electric grid; which included development of methodologies for load modelling from operational data, model-based analysis tools, and model integration into electric grid studies.


20210830 Nellie Tong 200x200pxlNellie Tong is a Principal Consultant in DNV’s Storage and Grid Edge Intelligence team.  She has almost 20 years of experience in the energy and utility industry. Nellie is an experienced project manager, and has led several multiyear projects that require cross-disciplinary analytics and extensive stakeholder engagement. Her project experience includes distributed resource planning (DRP), DER potential studies and emerging technology R&D. She serves as the lead consultant in numerous storage and renewables projects that range from market assessment, strategy development and technical due diligence. In 2021, Nellie managed technical due diligence for over $2 billion and over 4 GWh of storage M&A transactions in DNV’s role as the buy-side independent engineer.