AC vs. DC-Integrated ESS: Balancing Risk and Reward to Achieve Project Goals

From gathering pricing, technical, and other commercial due diligence information for products and manufacturers to weighing financing, insurance, and development criteria, making an informed energy storage procurement decision takes a lot of time and expertise. What are the key aspects to consider in order to maximize value and reduce risk when comparing AC and DC-integrated ESS options?

In this webinar, you’ll hear perspectives from experts in energy storage development and ownership, insurance, and engineering on the differences between AC and DC systems so you’ll know what to keep in mind in order to achieve your financial and deployment goals with your next energy storage project.

Questions covered:

  • What are the key components that factor into total lifecycle costs of AC and DC-integrated ESS?
  • How should businesses approach risk management when selecting an energy storage system?
  • How do differences in integration between AC and DC systems impact the types of financing and insurance coverage available?
  • What strategies can buyers use to find an ideal system configuration to save on costs while not compromising on safety and financeability?


Jamie Daggett
Energy Storage & Fuel Cell Lead, Ariel Green

Jamie is an industry leader in energy storage and clean energy technologies and has nearly two decades of applied experience across manufacturing, development, financing, and insurance. He worked at multiple fuel cell, electrolyzer, and battery startups, was director of energy storage engineering at DNV, and now provides Technology Performance Insurance to the clean energy market at Lloyd’s of London syndicate Ariel Green. His professional career builds off a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MS in Systems’ Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Jamie has been involved in over 10 GWh of energy storage deployments and works with the leading technology providers and developers to accelerate the clean energy transition.

Frank Genova
Co-founder, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Convergent Energy + Power

Frank Genova, Co-Founder, serves as Convergent’s Chief Financial Officer and member of the board. Prior to co-founding Convergent with Chief Executive Officer Johannes Rittershausen in 2011, Frank worked in project development and finance with Fisher Brothers and Plaza Construction, focusing on renewable development, renewable integration, complex mechanical and electrical system integration, and corporate strategy. He also co-founded RG Capital Partners in 2011, where he served as Managing Director until July 2015. Frank holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance, Phi Kappa Phi, from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business. Since April 2016, he serves a Member of Advisory Board of Villanova University’s College of Engineering.

Kyle Cerniglia
Director of Engineering, Energy Storage, Anza

Kyle Cerniglia is the Director of Energy Storage Engineering at Anza, leveraging over a decade of experience in solar and energy storage engineering to lead the development of Anza’s proprietary software platform. To date, Kyle has supported the development of over 20 GWh of BESS projects and directly engineered or overseen engineering on more than 70 battery energy storage projects. He was principally engaged in product development for some of the first grid scale, high loading ratio DC coupled projects in the US. He served on the 2021 Energy Storage Systems Working Group for the State of Massachusetts in the revision of the state fire code. A graduate of UCLA with a background in Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering, he has previously driven significant growth in Borrego’s energy storage division.