Horizon Gazing for Future Disruptive Technologies and their Predicted Impacts on the Battery
As the world moves towards varied levels of increased electrification, finding the optimum way to meet future power demands and carbon targets is becoming increasingly urgent. This challenge is further complicated by the goalposts moving regularly as new technologies and social movements change the way energy is used by consumers, commercial organizations and industry alike. How will the Internet of Things, increased cyber security and a new, sharing economy impact affect battery requirements? This session provides a platform for experts who are leaders in their field to discuss what the future might look like and how the battery sector should make sure it is keeping up.
One of the biggest impacts could come from autonomous driving. The discussion of self-driving cars often centres around a futuristic vision of people relaxing in self-driving, shared cars which are battery powered - range anxiety is no longer an issue and charging infrastructure is ubiquitous. This reality thus far remains somewhat intangible for most people. What is already happening is autonomous feature inclusion in new car designs with their associated cost, safety and efficiency benefits, and this is a trend set to continue. Installations such as forward collision avoidance, backup cameras and lane detection software are going to begin changing the battery function fundamentally even before full self-driving capability becomes widespread. This discussion between market and technology experts on the EV and the battery will highlight what the likely changes will be and what industry stakeholders need to do to to ensure they are not left behind.
What Impacts can the Battery Sector expect from Future Technology Trends?
- The Internet of Things – what’s the likely impact on batteries
- What can we expect from the collision of the energy, power, and auto industries and how might energy storage fit in the middle of this intersection?
- What does a future electrified America vision mean for battery requirements?
- How to identify which new trends and applications are the ones to watch and which are just fads?
- What needs to be done to prepare battery architecture for wireless charging and fast charging? What are the opportunities and risks?
- Will self-parking and other self-drive features mean more demand on the battery, increased efficiency, or both?
- How might changes such as shared ownership and self-parking affect battery performance and degradation?
Patrick Hertzke, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Co.
Tim Grejtak, Analyst, Lux Research Inc
Naoki Matsumura, Senior Technologist (Battery), Intel Corporation
Tom Watson, Vice President & Technical Fellow, Powertrain & Vehicle Systems, Johnson Controls Power Solutions
Commercializing New Technologies – How the Process can be Improved for all Parties Interested in Advancing New Technology, Faster and at Lower Cost?
If all the battery technology ideas currently in the design or planning stage made it to large scale manufacturing, the battery sector would be flooded very quickly. The reality is most do not make it past lab testing even to pilot production lines before they hit either large funding or technological hurdles. With suggestions that getting new storage technology to market can cost $6 billion, knowing how and when to get funding is crucial. How can this route to commercialization be improved and how can both OEMs and start-ups better recognise future needs, encourage innovation and find ways in which to collaborate more efficiently to meet these specific demands rather than developing innovations in silo? This session provides insight on nurturing the new talent and ideas that are out there and creating a strong technology roadmap. In addition, it will expand on the message that the key for exciting new projects is sometimes to hold off marketing a product until it has been built, tested and preferably scaled up.
Panel Discussion: Improving Sector-Wide Collaboration to Match Innovation with Investment
- What are the key elements in a good technology roadmap?
- Where should start ups go to find out what current and future needs are?
- How can start ups and capital investors more easily be matched up?
- How can OEMs best stay abreast of what is happening with smaller cutting edge technology R&D units?
- Are P3s (Public - Private Partnerships) the fastest and best way to get new technology to market?
David Roberts, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Indiana
Robert Rango, CEO, Enevate
Venkat Srinivasan PhD, Director, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS)
Andrew Hsieh, Co-Founder & CEO, Feasible Inc
Case Study: The Route to Investment: How Cyclotron Road found Success
Matt Price, Commercial Operations & Industry Partnerships, Cyclotron Road
Networking Refreshments in the Foyer
Optimizing Battery Design and Integration - Prioritizing Features to fit the Application
Traditional automotive manufacturers are choosing not to back one technology to meet CO2 emission regulations. This is both an opportunity and a challenge for the rest of the battery supply chain, meaning that different battery designs can be matched to the varying requirements and that the need for solutions is both great and complex.
There are numerous factors that are crucial pillars in the ‘perfect cell’ for any application but some issues are ubiquitous, including energy density, power density, weight, safety, life-cycle, degradation, cost and its easy integration into a battery pack. Whilst cell innovation charges ahead with new materials and developments appearing all the time, there has historically been less progress in how this would fit into a pack or a car. Unfortunately, when you increase the positive benefits in one area it tends to inversely impact another. Increased energy density can come at the cost of safety, increased safety often means heavier etc. This session will look at what the latest thinking is on battery pack design and how to find the optimal balance for a specific application.
Oliver Gross, Energy Storage Systems Specialist, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)
Cylindrical vs. Rectangular Cells: Does Shape Matter?
Said Al-Hallaj, Chairman/ CEO, AllCell Technologies LLC
The Technology Trend of Next Generation EFB Batteries for Advanced Start-Stop Systems
Shawn Peng, VP of Technology, Leoch Battery Corp
Creating a Successful Battery System for the Chevy Bolt
Milind Gandhi, Global Lead Engineer, BEV Battery Systems, General Motors
Lithium-Ion Battery Integration into Electric Vehicle Topologies
Jan Wohlmuther MSc, Consultant – Technology and Business Strategy, P3 North America Inc
5X5: Flexible Graphite in Advanced Thermal Management Solutions for Lithium-Ion Battery Packs
Bret A. Trimmer, Business Development Manager, NeoGraf Solutions
Panel Discussion - Designing the Optimal Battery Pack
- What needs to be considered at design stage for easier integration?
- What are the future requirements for automotive batteries likely to be?
- What innovations have shown promise in battery pack light weighting?
- Are there clear trends in how different regional battery producers are designing battery packs?
Networking Lunch in the Exhibition Hall
Preparing for Second Generation 48V Battery Requirements
Despite regulatory uncertainty as to the impact of the new administration on CO2 targets in the US, the bottom line is that 48V technology is still coming down the tracks with little diversion likely for OEMs and battery manufacturers. In the global marketplaces such as the EU, 48 Volt system adoption is growing at a much faster rate than in the USA in order to meet more stringent and impending emissions goals. To keep pushing the envelope, driving implementation and reducing cost, battery developers need to look to the horizon and the second generation of 48V battery technology. There are many unknowns around 48V battery impacts and developments; this session is dedicated to addressing these questions and helping OEMs, manufacturers and their supply chains prepare for both current demands and predicted 48V technologies and changes coming down the tracks in the next few years.
Satish B Chikkannanavar PhD, Battery Engineer, Product Development Department, Ford Motor Company
48 Volt…More Power, More Energy
Phil Shaw, Product Line Director, Advanced Battery, Johnson Controls International
48V Battery Performance and Market Requirements
Carlton D Brown, Director of Engineering, Robert Bosch Battery Systems
What Will Change with the Second Generation of 48V Batteries?
Angela Duren, Product Management, A123 Systems
Questions and Panel Discussion: The Potential Benefits and Pitfalls in 48V Technology
Session speakers will answer questions from the floor and discuss the below key questions:
- What does the optimal 48V battery look like?
- Is there room for both lead and li-ion in the 48V space?
- Will the outlook for 48V change now that regulations have been eased in the US?
- Are the efficiency savings from 48V enough to warrant the outlay?
- Would increased power demand in future supplement efficiency savings enough to make it economically viable?
Networking Refreshments in the Foyer
Optimizing the Electrical, Thermal and Mechanical Properties of a Battery through BMS
Battery Management Systems (BMS) have four main objectives: Safeguarding cells and batteries against damage; extending battery lifecycles; maintaining the battery to a level where it meets the application needs and interfacing with the host application. BMS are significant pain points for manufacturers and OEMs and represent a great opportunity to drive battery performance improvements and safety. This session provides examples of passive and active management systems that can help manufacturers and OEMs optimize the batteries within diverse applications including an XEV or ESS system It will then look at innovative methods for overcoming this universal challenge in the most efficient way.
Joe LoGrasso, Sr. Manager- Energy Storage Systems, Electrified Powertrain Engineering, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)
Using Li-Ion BMS To Reduce Vehicle Warranty Costs
Dave Rich, LV Li-Ion Battery BFO, General Motors
Is Wireless Communication the Next Big Innovation in Battery Management?
Greg Zimmer, Marketing Manager, BMS Group, Analog Devices
Battery Management vs. Battery Monitoring: How One Word can Mean the Difference Between Extending the Life of Your Batteries, Instead of Watching Them Die
Wayne Eaton, Technical Sales Engineer, SBS Test & Monitoring Equipment
Finding the Best Route to Ultra-Fast Battery Charging and Reducing Degradation
Nick Sherstyuk, CTO, Gbatteries Energy Canada
5X5 Immersion in Engineered Fluids for Thermal Management of Lithium Ion Batteries
Bamidele O Fayemi, Applications Engineer, 3M
Close of Track 1, followed by Networking Reception in Exhibition Hall