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[ON DEMAND] Smaller, Smarter, Shorter: How to reduce space requirements and installation time of large battery energy storage systems

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This on-demand webinar discuss ES technical solutions to optimizing the installation of large-scale Li-ion energy storage systems. Based on real-world examples, the audience will get insights into -eventually contradicting- constraints and requirements conditioning fast implementation of cost-optimized, safe, low maintenance ESS made of containerized batteries and power conversion systems. We will discuss the challenges and pitfalls encountered during project planning, and show innovative approaches to reduce the installation space while respecting safety requirements, applicable NFPA standards and maintenance imperatives. Having installed more than 200 systems worldwide over the past 10 years, Saft experts will explain conditions for fast site installation, minimum site works and simple commissioning procedures, thus de-risking project plannings. 

This on-demand webinar gives insights in case studies, looking at practical examples of ESS installations in the 50 – 100 MWh range based on Saft’s new Intensium-Shift product, connected to state-of-the art power conversion equipment, in typical standalone or PV-coupled installations. It looks at:

  • Design features and system architectures of ESS systems that enable high density installations while ensuring highest levels of safety, i.e. prevent fire propagation and enable effective operation of firefighters 
  • Solutions to minimize site works 
  • Best practices and processes that enable fast site installation

Key Learnings:

  • Understand the functional, safety and regulatory imperatives impacting large-scale multi-container ESS installations 
  • Identify technical features and solutions to minimize site installation works 
  • Formulate requirements from an end-user perspective


Michael Lippert – Director Innovation and Solutions for Energy, Saft

Michael Lippert is currently in charge of product and market strategy for Saft’s Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Business Unit at the company’s headquarters near Paris. He is also Vice-President of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and Chairman of the Governing Board of “Batteries Europe” as well as “Batteries European Partnership Association”, all in Brussels. 

Michael is holding a degree in European Business Studies in France and Germany and has been working for more than 30 years in different international sales and marketing positions at Saft for Railway, Traction and Stationary markets. He has played a major role in establishing Saft’s market position in Li-ion battery technology for renewable energy and smart grids since 2010. In parallel he contributed to the development of EASE since its foundation in 2011. In October 2019, he was elected Chairman of the Governing Board of European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) for Batteries, which is driving and coordinating R&I activities at EU level, and since then also accepted to chair the related Partnership Association founded in December 2020. 


Tiago Sousa – Product Safety Manager ESS, Saft

Tiago Sousa is currently in charge of product safety for Saft’s Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Unit at Bordeaux. 

Tiago is a chemical engineer and holds a Ph. D degree in modelling of electrochemical systems. He has a deep knowledge of Li-ion battery safety design for ESS and automotive industry (BEV and PHEV) and for the last 13 years he has been working in renowned international research centres and private companies. 

He joined Saft in September 2021 and since then he has been responsible to define the main safety technical orientations within the ESS engineering team and ensures that product safety requirements are aligned with Saft’s safety policies and specifications. 


Carlos Hein – Global ESS Service Director, Saft

Carlos Hein leads Saft ESS’ Global Service Strategy and oversees the development of cost-effective solutions for the services lifecycle of Battery Energy Storage Systems. Carlos has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry leading engineering, quality, and services teams.

Carlos has an MBA degree from Clemson University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Florida.

Coline Ducos – Product Manager ESS, Saft

Coline Ducos is currently in charge of product management for Saft’s Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Business Unit. Based in Saft headquarter in Paris area, she is in charge of battery product portfolio: strategy and execution of product roadmap, new product introduction and lifecycle management.

Coline is holding an engineering degree from INSA Toulouse and an advanced master from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France. She is working from Saft since 2019, involved in product and strategy management for both ESS and Mobility applications.

Before that, she has been a consultant, working for strategy and operations projects in different sectors.

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