Advanced Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage - Speech by Dr. H. Frank Gibbard, Ph.D.

I have been waiting for this coming Saturday, the 12th.

NTREG (North Texas Renewable Energy Group) will host an incredible speaker, a battery and energy storage expert, Dr. H. Frank Gibbard, Ph.D., at our November meeting.

Ever since becoming a co-program manager of NTREG, I've been dreaming to have energy storage experts at our program. I was super thrilled that Dr. Gibbard had agreed to speak for us. 

Our meetings are free and open to public. Bring your family and friends and join us this coming Saturday morning.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Location: Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas. (Map)
Our meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall, which is accessible through the church main entry, or from doors in the rear.
Details: NTREG Events


North Texas Renewable Energy Group
November 12, 2016
Advanced Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage”
Presented by:
H. Frank Gibbard, CEO
Devens, MA
In the past few years the demand for large-scale energy storage has increased for several applications, including renewables integration, ancillary services, arbitrage, grid asset optimization and T&D deferral.

Although several mechanical systems, such as flywheels, pumped hydro and compressed air, have been demonstrated for specific ranges of power and energy, battery systems offer the widest range of applications for energy storage.

Since traditional batteries such as lead acid, nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride fail to meet the demands for cost, lifetime, reliability, efficiency or environmental suitability, advanced battery systems have been proposed, developed and demonstrated for large-scale energy storage. These include lithium ion, sodium metal and flow batteries, as well as several new systems which either are limited to niche markets or are an early stage of development.

This presentation will describe the advantages and limitations of several of the principal contenders for large-scale commercialization, with emphasis on redox flow batteries as the most likely to achieve demanding requirements for lifetime and cost.


CEO, CTO & Co-Founder

Dr. Frank Gibbard is a seasoned executive in the field of electrochemical power systems. He has managed battery and fuel cell activities at levels of responsibility ranging from senior scientist to Vice President R&D and as the Chief Executive Officer of two publicly-owned NASDAQ companies — H Power Corp, an early-stage PEM fuel cell company (now Plug Power Inc.); and Altairnano, a lithium ion battery company.

Frank holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an internationally recognized leader in energy storage and power generation. His technical experience includes directing and carrying out work on primary and rechargeable batteries, including the following: lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, alkaline manganese oxide; alkaline zinc air; high-rate and reserve lithium thionyl chloride; lithium sulfur dioxide; lead acid; flowing-electrolyte redox; zinc bromine; high-temperature molten salt rechargeables; and thermal primaries.

As CEO of H Power Corp., a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell company, Frank grew the company from 17 employees to more than 200 and led its IPO to raise more than $100 million in public equity capital. He has published and presented more than 100 technical papers in journals, conference proceedings, and battery handbooks.