Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky


Exploitation of Highly-Reversible Electrical Energy Storage

Instructor: Dr. John R. Miller, President, JME


Tuesday April 19, 2011
Spindletop Administration Building (Chris can you map this like last time)
University of Kentucky
Lexington Kentucky

The goal is to provide basic understanding, necessary tools, and sufficient operating information to allow direct and successful exploitation of EC technology.

Usage is increasing for power source applications of electrochemical capacitors (ECs), also called supercapacitors or ultracapacitors, because they offer

  • extraordinarily high reversibility
  • unexcelled power density
  • exceptional cycle-life

Systems combining capacitors with batteries, IC engines or fuel cells increase the energy efficiency of industrial equipment like fork lifts and overhead cranes by capturing energy that is normally wasted. Systems developed specifically for grid power quality applications are becoming more prevalent.

The course targets those interested in understanding and exploiting electrochemical capacitor technology. Basics covered describe the

  • nature and significance of electric double layer charge storage
  • general design of such products
  • similarities and differences between these devices and traditional capacitors and batteries

Also discussed in detail are

  • two-terminal electrical response used to develop equivalent circuit models
  • power/energy behavior and trade-offs
  • reliability design
  • several example applications

Who should attend?

The course will resonate with technical, industrial, and business attendees. Those just beginning as well as those who have advanced degrees and extensive involvement in energy storage will benefit. Any professional in the power industry wishing to learn the latest applications and technology for highly-reversible energy storage will gain clear and detailed understanding of the differences between the various energy storage technologies.

Course Fee

The fee is $250 including breaks, lunch, and course materials.

Earn PDH and CEU Credit

Attendees will earn 7 Professional Development Hours (PDH) for participating in this course. Upon request, attendees can earn .75 CEU.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

If you cannot attend after registering, you may designate a substitute attendee. A full refund will be provided for cancellations received by April 4th. Cancellations after this date will be subject to a $50 administration fee.


List the same hotels used for the first PEIK course but add this statement April 19 is during the Keeneland meet and local accommodations are often full. We recommend you book your room(s) early.

About the Instructor

Dr. John R. Miller, President, JME, has more than 25 years experience in research, development, commercialization, evaluation, testing, and modeling of capacitor technologies, products, and systems. Since founding JME in 1989, he has assisted in the development and market introduction of several electrochemical capacitor products now available for commercial, military, and medical applications. Dr. Miller was a pioneer in the development of third-generation electrochemical capacitor technology, and he advanced the development of several asymmetric capacitor systems. He has assisted material suppliers in creating products having enhanced performance capabilities for capacitors and assisted the Department of Energy in establishing appropriate test methods and evaluation procedures for large, high-power capacitors. In addition, Dr. Miller has published more than 50 capacitor-related papers, prepared many government reports, and been awarded 10 US patents.

He has organized and chaired international conferences on electrochemical capacitor technology and taught short courses at Electrochemical Society and IEEE meetings. Periodically Dr. Miller is invited to brief several government organizations on capacitor technology. Dr. Miller also holds an appointment as principal researcher at the Great Lakes Energy Institute of Case Western Reserve University. He has previously held positions as research manager at SOHIO, staff scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, and staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory. John R. Miller holds BS and PhD degrees in physics from MIT.

Contact Information:

For registration questions, contact: Brenda McMurry 859-257-1834 mcmurry@engr.uky.edu