The Importance of Large-Scale Energy Storage for Energy Transition and Grid Stability

Wednesday, August 30, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Expo Center Norte
Cantareira 2 (2nd floor)

With the growth of distributed generation and of variable sources, such as solar and wind, energy storage becomes increasingly important to provide grid stability and the flexibility needed for a low-carbon energy transition. This session will explore the importance of large-scale energy storage applications, such as reserve capacity and provisioning of ancillary services in international markets, as well as in Brazil.

11:00 am - 11:05 amUtility Scale Energy Storage - Why Should Brazil Care?

Markus Vlasits

Managing Director


11:05 am - 11:25 amThe Importance of Large-Scale Storage for the Energy Transition and the Stability of the Electricity System

Beatriz Barros

Energy Storage Engineer

Clean Horizon Consulting

11:25 am - 11:45 amCompetitiveness and Technological Differentials of Energy Storage for the Capacity Reservation Market and Other Large-Scale Applications

Marcelo Vinicius

Business Development Director

Celeo Redes Brasil

11:45 am - 12:05 pmRegulatory Roadmap for Utility-Scale Storage in Brazil

Marília Rabassa


CELA - Clean Energy Latin America

12:05 pm - 12:30 pmQ&A Session



Markus Vlasits, Newcharge

Managing Director


Marcus Vlasits is co-founder of NewCharge. He is also board member of ABSOLAR and coordinator of its Energy Storage Workgroup. He organizes energy storage events and conferences and is the co-organizer of EES South America in partnership with SolarPromotion. Since 2019: Co-founder and Managing Partner of NewCharge, an engineering and project development company focused on energy storage. 2016-2018: Co-founder and Commercial Director of Faro Energy, an investment firm active in the area of distributed solar generation. 2007-2012: Director and then Vice-President of O-Cells SE (Germany), a leading producer of photovoltaic cells and panels. 2000-2007: Associate and later Associate Principal at McKinsey&Company.


Marcelo Vinicius, Celeo Redes Brasil

Business Development Director


Marcelo Vinicius (1976), Business Development Director (CELEO REDES BRASIL), Electrical Engineer (UGF-RJ), MBA in Marketing (FGV-RJ), Digital Executive Education Program (ISE/IESE Business School), Risk University Executive and Compliance (KPMG Business School), GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), Certified Training Program and Internal Auditor of IMS (ISO's: 9001, 14001 and 45001). I joined the Elecnor Group in 2008 as responsible for development investments projects in Brazil with expertise in all phases of projects. Executive with +15 years of professional experience working in the renewable and infrastructure industries in a Spanish-Dutch multinational company (Elecnor and APG) from electricity sector (generation and transmission) and ESG principles for sustainable growth experienced intensely in the last 7 years. Since July 2023, as Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of ABHIC (Brazilian Hydrogen and Sustainable Fuels Association), whose purpose is to collaborate with the implementation and optimization of the market, technological and regulatory conditions necessary for the Hydrogen and Sustainable Fuels economy in Brazil.


Marília Rabassa, CELA - Clean Energy Latin America



Financial Strategy Director of CELA, specialist in project finance, investment analysis, M&A and business development in the renewable energy sector. She has 12 years of professional experience, having participated in several M&A processes and auctions of renewable energy assets in Brazil and Latin America, in addition to the development, evaluation and financing of several Greenfield & Brownfield projects, mainly in the bioenergy and photovoltaic solar energy sectors. She worked for 2 years at SunEdison S.A. responsible for the activities of M&A, Project Finance, Economic Feasibility of solar and wind projects for Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador and Dominican Republic and for 4 years at ERB - Energias Renováveis do Brasil, as an analyst in the area of Project Finance and Business Development. She was coordinator of the ABSOLAR Financing Working Group and is the current vice coordinator of the ABSOLAR Green Hydrogen Task Force. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from FGV-EAESP and an MBA in Business in the Electricity Sector from FGV.


Beatriz Barros, Clean Horizon Consulting

Energy Storage Engineer


Beatriz is a professional in the energy storage sector with a wealth of experience in transmission systems expansion and energy market analysis across Latin American countries. With six years of experience, Beatriz has demonstrated her technical expertise in assessments (such as safety) and sizing storage systems. Beatriz graduated with a degree in electrical engineering with a specialization in electrotechnical from the University Mackenzie in Brazil. She also graduated with a master's degree in Renewable Energy from the University Polytechnique of Catalunya, Spain. During her master's, she conducted research on the implementation of solar panels in electric vehicles, which was the focus of her thesis. For over a year, Beatriz has been working at Clean Horizon as an engineer in the technical consulting and market analysis teams. Currently she is responsible for the following markets: Portugal, Spain and LATAM. Her language skills, including Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.

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