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Greater MN Chapter Meeting - February 9, 2022

Greater MN Chapter Meeting - February 9, 2022
Greater MN Chapter Meeting - February 9, 2022

AFCOM Greater Minnesota Chapter Meeting

As we look to resume our normal meeting schedule, we hope you will join us for an engaging and highly relevant topical discussion around Energy Storage for Data Centers


Why Attend

Hear and discuss important topics related to Data Center design, construction, operation, and management with local data center professionals. Arrive early and stay late to network with end-users, designers, operators, and vendors. Free lunch will also be provide thanks to our lunch sponsor


Topic: Current and Future Data Center Energy Storage: A Panel of Experts Discusses Options

  1. For the last 40-50 years, batteries have typically been either Lead-Acid or wet cell. Let’s start with these technologies: are they still relevant today? If so, what are their benefits and shortcomings?
  2. So with the historical context in mind, LiION has become the emerging energy storage technology see interest in our industry. What are it’s benefits and shortcomings?
  3. On the topic of energy storage, flywheels have also been an option for several decades. What are those benefits and disadvantages today?
  4. Shifting back to LiION, we are seeing high demand/short supply along with environmental constraints. So we’re seeing other battery chemistries come to market. What are they, and what can you tell us about them?
  5. So as we look at the pros and cons of the market today, what would you say are the most important energy storage/battery features, requirements and capabilities, and why?
  6. As the IT stack becomes more resilient, how do you see batteries/energy storage being deployed in the future? Do you think it will be largely the same, or deployed in new and different ways?

Panel of Presenters:
Alois Kuril, HM Cragg (Eaton)
Dave Boehde, Data Center Systems (Vertiv)
Nick Brainerd, Dunham Engineering
Rod Braaten, PCCS (APC/Schneider)
Tim Kedizor, Enersys

Meeting Agenda:

  • 12:00 PM: Registration, Lunch and Networking
  • 12:15 PM: Introduction, Updates, & Announcements from Chapter Board 
  • 12:30PM: Lunch Sponsor Presentation
  • 12:45-1:45PM:Main Presentation
  • 1:45-2:00PM: Networking and Depart


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Don't Miss This Opportunity


"The Greater Minnesota Chapter is a membership organization for individual and corporate members of the data center industry. Our chapter was officially chartered in 2007 and we are proud of our growing chapter and welcome new members. If you are looking for a group of professionals to share ideas, learn about the future of our industry, and network with your peers we invite you to join our chapter. The Greater MN Chapter serves the entire state of Minnesota."


- Greater MN AFCOM Board

Please NOTE: The time listed below indicates EST, which is the only time zone the AFCOM website can display. When you download the Calendar Invite below, it will properly reflect the correct event time.


2/9/2022 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
8125 Lewis Rd Golden Valley, MN 55427 UNITED STATES