October 22, 2010 09:15 ET

U.S. Department of Energy's Dr. Imre Gyuk to Speak at the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries 2010 Annual Meeting

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - October 22, 2010) - The National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt) announced today that the Department of Energy's Dr. Imre Gyuk will be the keynote speaker at NAATBatt's 2010 Annual Meeting. Dr. Gyuk will talk about how energy storage can help utilities better accommodate the introduction of plug-in electric vehicles onto the power grid.

Dr. Gyuk serves as the program manager for energy storage research at the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Gyuk currently supervises $185 million of stimulus funding targeted at grid scale energy storage demonstration projects. 

The topic of the NAATBatt conference is "The Impact of PEVs on T&D Systems: Challenges and Solutions." The conference will be held December 8 - 10, 2010 at the Seelback Hilton Hotel in Louisville, KY. More information about the conference can be found at:

NAATBatt Executive Director James Greenberger commented, "In all the excitement about the upcoming first sales of mass-market, plug-in electric vehicles there has not been enough discussion about what happens when all those new vehicles are brought home and plugged in at the same time. How electric utilities choose to handle that new load involves questions of public policy that are critical to the future of electric vehicles in the United States."

One of the focuses of the conference will be on the role that stationary advanced batteries might play in enabling the grid to handle a larger number of plug-in electric vehicles and permitting the owners of those vehicles to recharge them on demand.

Greenberger continued, "Dr. Gyuk is one of the leading experts in the world on the subject of how energy storage can be used to make the grid stronger, greener and smarter. We are delighted and honored that he will be speaking to us on December 9. Given that the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf will be released for sale at the end of this year, Dr. Gyuk's remarks could not be more timely."

About Dr. Imre Gyuk
After receiving a B.S. from Fordham University, Dr. Gyuk did graduate work on superconductivity at Brown University. Having received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Purdue University he became a research associate at Syracuse University in New York. As an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, he taught physics, civil engineering and environmental architecture. Dr. Gyuk then joined Kuwait University as an associate professor in the department of Physics, where he organized an international workshop on the environment of the Arab gulf. He initially joined the DOE to manage the Thermal and Physical Storage Program, later managing the DOE's research on biological effects of electric and magnetic fields. 

About NAATBatt
The National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries ("NAATBatt") is a not-for-profit trade association of companies, associations and research institutions focused on the manufacture of advanced batteries for use in transportation and grid-scale energy storage applications in the United States. Members include advanced battery and electrode manufacturers, materials suppliers, vehicle makers, electric utilities, equipment vendors, service providers, universities and national laboratories. For more information, see

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