About this course

This one hour lecture builds the case for battery energy storage systems and then discusses specific use cases for those systems. Topics include problem drivers such as climate change, intermittency of renewable sources, and problems with high penetrations of renewables on the utility grid.

Use cases discussed include back up and resiliency, self-consumption, tariff optimization and a comparison of grid vs load defection. This short lecture broadly covers the range of topics that are driving the energy storage market place.

Instructor Wes Kennedy’s experience with battery systems dates back to 1996. Since then he’s helped design and develop innovative projects using advanced energy storage and power conditioning equipment.

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Learning Objectives

  • Why batteries: the case for battery energy storage systems
  • Battery energy storage system use cases in residential and commercial
  • Technologies needed to make the grid of the future into reality
  • Advantages of grid connected solar plus storage systems over grid defection

Course outline

1 module • 3 assignments • 1:00 hours of video lectures

Module 1 • 1 assignments
How Storage Paves the Way for the Grid of the Future

  • How Storage Paves the Way for the Grid of the Future (01:00:59 hours)


  • Wes Kennedy

    Principal, WeSolar plus
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    Wes has focused his career on design and application engineering in the solar PV plus energy storage deployment sector, currently with Dynapower Corporation. He managed sales engineering with Fronius inverters and was the senior application engineer for Blue Planet Energy's C&I sector and SMA America’s Hybrid Energy Solutions group. In these positions, project scope... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.
How long do I have access to the materials?
For free courses there is no guarantee for how long the course materials will be available.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes, this is a free course so you can share this page with other people from your group.


Based on 66 reviews
students have taken this course

I highly recommend this course in order to get a nice overview of the big picture for renewable storage.

Edward Mulder

in courses need live videos i thing well be communicate the information clear


If you want to understand the reasons behind the battery buzz watch this course.

Cora Saxton
Director of North Coast , GRID Alternatives

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