Speaker Presentation: Dr. Davion Hill

Group Leader and Principal Engineer for Energy & Materials
President of NAATBatt International


Dr. Davion Hill is 2015 President of NAATBatt International and is an experienced energy R&D consultant. Dr. Hill has worked with notable organizations such as ARPA-e, NYSERDA, and the California Energy Commission, leading technical R&D programs related to battery energy storage performance and safety. Dr. Hill has also spearheaded efforts to qualify and test battery systems for maritime hybrid vessels and offshore battery applications, including subsea equipment, and has tested and qualified cutting edge energy technologies. Dr. Hill has led, chaired, or participated in multiple panel discussions on the topics of battery safety. He is an accomplished author with over 25 peer reviewed publications and articles. In his free time, Dr. Hill spends time with his wife and two children and – if he can find a minute – woodworking or restoring a 1961 Impala.

“The Aggregator Playground: How Microgrids and Testing Demonstrate an Enormous Market Opportunity”


TIME:  11:30 AM – NOON


As battery costs are dropping and distributed generation is increasing, the logical evolutionary step in storage deployment is the consolidation and bundling of multiple distributed resources into a larger portfolio, just has been done with independent power producers and demand response providers in the last two decades. “Aggregators”, or companies with software platforms that are managing multiple assets under one umbrella, are leading this charge. The aggregator platform is as much a communications and control architecture as it is an advanced algorithm for energy system optimization.  In markets like California and New York, the need for the aggregator is becoming more apparent. Complex business models are evolving where the aggregator occupies multiple positions in the value chain – sometimes as just the control software, sometimes as the system integrator and the controlling software, and sometimes as the IPP. These business models and their implication for the near term energy storage market will be discussed.