Energy Storage Symposia

Some History...

The Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium was intended to showcase and monitor progress and new developments of the Storage industry. We featured speakers who brought us the national perspective on energy storage as well as experts on what’s going on in California. Then, we drilled down to the regional level and examined local pilot projects and initiatives that are moving the energy storage industry forward.

The event was intended to bring together Silicon Valley’s cleantech community – not just energy storage experts – to discuss what’s happening in energy storage on the federal, state, and local levels, and how we could help support the local energy storage industry. Attendees came from all areas of cleantech (energy storage, solar, wind, etc.) and others interested in energy storage (e.g., public and private sector facilities managers), as well as researchers, VCs, and students.

Symposia were planned through Joint Venture's Climate Prosperity initiative, which aims to reduce our use of fossil fuels while accelerating the emergence of a cleantech sector in Silicon Valley. The topic of energy storage fits within all four of the Climate Prosperity focus areas (clean transportation, building efficiency, renewable energy, and green infrastructure).

Past event partners have included:

  • Applied Materials
  • CalCharge
  • California Energy Storage Alliance
  • Clean Coalition
  • Cleantech Open
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • Electricity Storage Association
  • Greentech Media
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Lawyers for Clean Energy
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Pillsbury Law Firm
  • Primus Power, Armageddon Energy
  • San Jose Environmental Business Cluster
  • Santa Clara University
  • Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • SolarTech
  • Stanford University
  • Strategen Consulting
  • SunSpec Alliance
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • and others

Energy Storage Resources


Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium Information

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2010 Symposium:


  • California Public Utilities Commission Energy Storage White Paper. "Electric Energy Storage: An Assessment of Potential Barriers and Opportunities." July 9, 2010. (pdf)
  • KEMA report. "Research Evaluation of Wind Generation, Solar Generation, and Storage Impact on the California Grid." June, 2010. (pdf)
  • California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) Report. "Energy Storage ‐ a Cheaper and Cleaner Alternative to
    Natural Gas‐Fired Peakers." 2010. (pdf)
  • U.S. Department of Energy Report. "The Wide-Area Energy Storage and Management System – Battery Storage Evaluation." July, 2009. (pdf)
  • California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) Presentation, CPUC Smart Grid Workshop: Transmission and Storage, June 26, 2009 (pdf)
  • "New Demand for Energy Storage" article by Dan Rastler. Electric Perspectives. September/October, 2008. (pdf)
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory Report. "Market Analysis of Emerging Electric Energy Storage
    Systems." July 31, 2008. (pdf)
  • Sandia National Laboratories Report. "Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems – Energy Storage (SEGIS-ES)." July 2008. (pdf)
  • APS Physics Report from the Panel on Public Affairs, Committee on Energy and Environment. "Challenges of Electricity Storage Technologies." May, 2007. (pdf)
  • KEMA Report. "Emissions Comparison for a 20 MW Flywheel-based Frequency Regulation Power Plant." January 8, 2007. (pdf)

The Lifecycle of an Initiative

All Joint Venture initiatives begin with a specific mission and identifiable goals and then are carried out to their logical conclusion. Successful initiatives culminate with their goals achieved. Others, after incubation by Joint Venture, ultimately transfer to partner organizations for long-term administration. Still others cannot reach the desired outcome due to a variety of circumstances. In all cases, we analyze the steps taken, the data collected, the accomplishments and the shortcomings, and then report the results of completed initiatives to our board and to the community.