Key Learning Objectives
- Gain an understanding of battery technology, industry developers and markets.
- Know which institutions are invested in and lending to the energy storage industry.
- Appreciate how battery storage regulations are designed and implemented.
- Compare how commercial electricity markets and publicly owned grids use battery storage.
- Interpret corporate offtake structures and the use of off-grid electricity supply and storage.
- Review opportunities in the developing debt market and established equity electricity storage markets.
- Study the financial structure of battery storage deals.
- Master financial models for battery electricity storage.
- Analyse the trajectory of the battery storage market in Asia-Pacific region.
About the Course
Electricity markets and power consumers are the same time hungry for renewable energy of all types but also required to ensure stability of supply. But the rapid advances in battery storage technology that are increasingly able to meet these requirements also bring financial challenges in their wake. Whilst making no assumptions as to prior knowledge of either the current state of battery technology or the market, this course provides a comprehensive explanation of how this emerging technology has already as a result produced a range of ground-breaking deals across a wide range of industries.
The course first investigates in detail the scale of this important new market, and the significance of regulation across multiple jurisdictions, and the role of battery storage in the electricity markets for which they are responsible. Delegates will also examine the emergence of off-grid power solutions, the drive to replace poles and wires and the challenges now facing the retail battery storage market.
Delegates then move on to study available investment and debt opportunities from valuation and credit risk perspectives respectively, developing an understanding of the metrics that matter. Next, delegates will evaluate the corporate and project financial structures, utilising both debt and equity, that now underpin individual battery storage deals. This understanding is then succeeded by group work on tailored financial models, from which delegates the relevant assumptions, cashflows, accounts and outputs to analyse the profitability and risks of battery storage deals.
Who Will Benefit
Battery storage provides the essential complement to renewable energy sources in achieving the energy transformation that this decade will bring. The course covers four interlocking industry segments: organisations that require the knowledge, financial expertise and experience to deliver battery storage profitably at a commercial scale, renewable energy developers themselves, companies and communities that will be using local grids and supply, and firms that are engaged in serving the retail battery storage market.
The course is therefore aimed at all of those who need to gain detailed understanding of the financial and economic aspects of battery storage and the market opportunities it offers across industry segments. These include project managers, engineers, technology specialists, developers and industry participants, as well as commercial and investment bankers, investors, accountants, economists, regulators, and those involved with renewable energy in the government sector.
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Modules 1 and 2: The economics of battery use
Battery technology and cost reduction
- Types of battery – advantages and disadvantages
- Market share by developer – Tesla and its competitors
Case Study: The Taiwan Cement battery factory project
- Battery uses – standalone, buildings, vehicles and other uses
Case Study: the electric vehicle market in Australia and Asia compared
- Institutional, private equity and venture capital investment in battery technology
- Public market opportunities for battery technology investment
Case Study: ETFs covering battery storage and technology
Costs and the demand for battery energy storage
- How to analyse battery costings
Case Study: Battery LCOE and alternative costing methodologies
- Overall energy demand in Asia-Pacific
- Renewable energy regulation and uptake in Asia-Pacific
- BTM vs FTM energy storage markets
National and state government initiatives in Australia and Asian jurisdictions
- Comparing battery strategies in Australia and Asia jurisdictions – who has it right?
- Climate change and grid interruption
Group Exercise: Analysing the Victorian Renewable Energy Zone plan
- Technology of battery grid integration
- Land rights, permits, grid connection arrangements and meters
- Electricity markets and the role of batteries in demand response
Case Study: Forecasting battery demand in Australia and Asia jurisdictions compared
Off-grid and PPA storage
- The logic of the renewable-battery choice for Asia-Pacific corporates
- Legal and regulatory issues
Case Study: The DeGrussa Copper-Gold mine project – combining solar, fossil fuels and batteries
Modules 3 and 4: Financing and modelling battery energy storage
Debt financing for batteries
- Which battery projects can now attract debt and why?
- Prevailing interest rates, terms and covenants from commercial and development sources
- The use of project finance for battery storage projects
Case Study: Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation debt investment in battery storage projects
- Comparisons with Asia jurisdictions – comparative support programmes
- The commitment of international organisations through guarantees and other measures
Case Study: World Bank, IFC and ADB battery storage deals in Asia-Pacific
Equity investment in battery storage
- Cashflow analysis of energy storage
- Capex and opex metrics
- Battery storage accounting issues
Group Exercise: Analysing AGL, Neoen, CEP and Origin Energy – comparative projects and equity returns
- Private vs public equity vs corporate investment for battery storage projects
- M&A in the battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency sectors in Asia-Pacific
- Financing demand response firms in liberalised Asia-Pacific electricity markets
Modelling investment in battery storage
- Using Excel for financial modelling
- Cashflow analysis of energy storage
- Capex and opex metrics
- Modelling grid integration and joint renewable-battery projects
Group Exercise: Comparing and using battery energy storage models
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