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EESAT 2009 conference scheduled for October

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Electrical energy storage technologies and applications, with an emphasis on the latest technological developments for the use of electricity storage in the power industry, will be addressed at the EESAT Conference Oct. 4-7 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington.

The sixth biennial Electrical Energy Storage Systems Applications and Technologies Conference is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Electricity Storage Association.

Co-chaired by Dr. Imre Gyuk, DOE, Brad Roberts, ESA, and John Boyes, Sandia, EESAT 2009 will present technical and economic papers by international experts that cover topics on specific electrical energy storage technologies and applications. Transmission congestion, power shortages, and power quality and unreliability experienced worldwide over the past few years have raised fears that electricity supply systems will not be able to continue providing the level of reliability that electricity customers expect.

Because energy storage, in combination with other technologies, can support stressed electricity systems and provide the reliability required by high tech industry, the prospects for the future of energy storage systems continue to increase rapidly.

Following the successes of the first five EESAT conferences, EESAT 2009 will address a wide range of electrical energy technologies, including conventional and advanced battery energy storage, electro-chemical capacitors, SMES, flywheels, CAES, pumped hydro, and more.

Electricity storage technologies are increasing in their scope and performance, bringing commercial and technical benefits to the power industry and the consumer. EESAT 2009 offers presentations, papers, and discussions to the attendees on a wide variety of storage technologies, with emphasis on technical and economic evaluation of specific applications and the latest information on commercial developments.

Scheduled sessions for EESAT 2009 include Economic, Policy and Environmental Benefits of Storage, Flywheel Systems, Compressed Air Systems (CAES), Power Electronics, Technology Advances, Electro-chemical Capacitor Development and Applications, Storage with Renewables and Distributed Generation, and Large System Applications.

In addition to the technical presentations, a special conference dinner will be held aboard a Seattle cruise ship for all attendees and their guests.

To register for EESAT 2009 or for more information about the conference, visit or send a request for information to

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Sandia news media contact: Chris Burroughs, (505) 844-0948

EESAT conference manager: Dan Borneo, (505) 284-9880