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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers 2017-09-26T14:11:56+00:00

Matt Roberts

Matt Roberts serves as the Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association (ESA), overseeing operations and strategic initiatives for the industry’s trade association. Matt has over 15 years of experience in energy policy, communications, and association management with a recognized expertise in renewables, distributed energy, and sustainable infrastructure. Prior to joining ESA, Matt oversaw policy and operations for a global energy trade association focused on reforming the transportation infrastructure and expanding the use of renewable fuels. Mr. Roberts began his career as a House staffer and speech writer and has consulted in the energy industry with organizations and companies focused on solar, wind, and geothermal energy policy and deployment.

Dr. Maria Skyllas-Kazacos

 Dr. Maria Skyllas-Kazacos is a chemical engineer whose invention of the Vanadium Redox Battery (VRB) in the late 1980s may revolutionize how we store energy. The VRB is a unique type of flow battery that can repeatedly absorb and release huge amounts of electricity, making them possibly the best partner for renewable energy. Over the last twenty years, Dr. Skyllas-Kazacos has been improving the technology and finding commercial applications in various markets to reduce the cost and make the VRB a feasible solution to our energy storage challenges. Dr. Skyllas-Kazacos’ VRB technology can already be found in action in Japan, USA, Europe, and Australia for storing wind and solar energy and balancing peak electricity demand. Dr. Skyllas-Kazacos recently joined the Advisory Board for Apella Resources Inc. to help grow their presence in the vanadium markets. She is Professor Emeritus for the University of New South Wales in Australia where she received her PhD in 1978. As a distinguished academic, Dr. Skyllas-Kazacos has won numerous awards for her research including the R.K. Murphy Medal from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 2000 and the Order of Australia in 1999. Read More.