Tutorials  |  Monday, March 26*

Make the most of your time in Florida! Maximize your educational and networking opportunities by adding on one or more interactive, hands-on tutorials. Covering some of the hottest topics in the field, these tutorials are taught by leading researchers from industry and academia.

8:00 - 10:00 am

TUT1: Materials Selection and Design for Batteries with High Energy Density, Ultralong Cycle Life and Excellent Safety

Yi Cui, PhD, Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford University

Topics include 1) Si, Li metal, P Anodes and S Cathodes for high energy batteries, which offers 7-10 times higher lithium ion storage capacities; 2) Low cost Prussion-blue based materials and Li metal-polysulfide semiflow batteries for grid-scale storage; and 3) A novel idea of smart separator to enhance battery safety.

TUT2: Battery Safety and Abuse Tolerance Validation

Shmuel De-Leon, CEO, Shmuel De-Leon Energy, Ltd.

This tutorial focuses on portable, stationary and automotive battery safety along the battery cycle life (acceptance, testing, assembly, use, transportation and disposal). The training incorporates Shmuel De-Leon’s and other experiences on battery safety representing over 26 years of work in the field.

TUT3: Technoeconomic Analysis of Battery Material Development and Manufacture

Thomas D. Gregory, Owner, Borealis Technology Solutions LLC

John E. Anderson, Economic Evaluator, DowDuPont, Inc.

Successful commercialization of battery materials is achieved when technological feasibility, economic practicality, and market need intersect. Technoeconomic analysis methodology for evaluating these issues will be discussed, focusing on the critical early stages of a project where product design and process chemistry and development occur amid significant technical and economic uncertainty.

TUT4: Battery Technology Commercialization

Jeffrey Chamberlain, PhD, CEO, Volta Energy Technologies, LLC

Christopher M. Claxton, Senior Business Development Executive, Energy Storage, Argonne National Lab

Mike Fetcenko, Managing Director of BASF Battery Materials, North America

Tobias Glossmann, Senior Systems Engineer, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America

John Kopera, Vice President of Commercial Operations, Sion Power Corporation

Omar Laldin, PhD, MIEEE, Director of Powertrain Engineering, Ampaire, Inc.

This tutorial of industry experts will explore the critical components of the commercialization process. We will discuss current market trends, advanced battery technology R&D, intellectual property, and the types of deals that are utilized to get new technology to market; from licensing to joint ventures and acquisitions. Leveraging the expertise of our esteemed panelists, we will seek to understand what can be done to accelerate the often-lengthy commercialization timelines for next generation battery materials and systems.

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

TUT5: Li-Ion Cell Design and Manufacturing: Processes, Equipment and Quality Control

James Kaschmitter, CEO, SpectraPower, LLC

This tutorial will begin an overview of how to design Li-ion cells, including contrasting the performance and characteristics of commonly used materials. The tutorial will then lead into a detailed review of Li-ion cell manufacturing from incoming raw materials through final cell formation, aging and shipment.

TUT6: Recent Advances in Solid State Electrolytes for Energy Storage

Jeff Sakamoto, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, University of Michigan

Dangerous liquid electrolytes are employed over solid electrolytes due to their high conductivities and excellent interfacial behavior. However, current research is narrowing the gap between liquid and solid electrolytes. This course will provide a review of advances in solid electrolyte, from material synthesis, to interfacial stability, to practical device applications.

TUT7: Value of LIB Secondary Use & Recycle

Jack Lifton, MS, Vice President, Business Development, Resource Conservation and Recycling Corporation, Pty Ltd.; CEO, Jack Lifton LLC

Steve Tolen, President/CEO, Indie Power Systems

Experts during this tutorial explore recycling of lithium-ion batteries, including the value chain of recovered metals and reusable electrical components as well as secondary use in stationary and portable energy storage.

TUT8: Intellectual Property

Daniel Abraham, PhD, Vice President, Science and Business Strategy, MPEG LA

This tutorial will explore the complex web of patent rights and provide insight on how to avoid technology battles and expensive legal activities. Lessons learned from past patent wars will be presented and pathways to reduce intellectual property friction will be identified. The goal of this tutorial is to teach you how to avoid patent thickets to speed up commercialization timelines.

2:00 - 4:00 pm

TUT9: The Rechargeable Battery Market: Value Chain and Main Trends 2017-2027

Christophe Pillot, PhD, Battery Survey Manager, Avicenne Energy, France

This tutorial will present the 10 year automotive market forecasts from Avicenne and other analysts (micro|Hybrid|P-HEV|EV). Other coverage will include, Car makers’ strategies, Advanced Energy Storage (Advanced lead acid|Supercap|NiMH|LIB). Additionally, LIB design for P-HEV & EV markets (Cylindrical, prismatic, pouch|Wounded, stacked, Z fold cells) and LIB cell, module & pack cost structure 2017-2027 will be discussed.

TUT10: Improving the Energy Density of Batteries with Silicon-Based Anodes

Dee Strand, PhD, CSO, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

This tutorial gives an overview on the benefits and challenges of using silicon-based anodes to improve the energy density of lithium ion batteries. Topics will include the key challenges in use of silicon based anodes as well as progress in implementation of silicon and what can we expect in the future.

TUT11: Lithium Battery Transportation Regulations

George A. Kerchner, Executive Director, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association

Christopher Egloff, Vice President, Sales, Americase, Inc.

Jody Leber, Senior Technologist, Energy Storage, CSA Group

Lithium batteries come in many forms, chemistries, and sizes, from button cells to large containerized lithium-ion batteries, and only one set of transportation regulations must address all known and potential hazards. Just as technology has evolved, transport regulations must also evolve to keep pace with the increasing chemistries, form factors, and applications.

Training Seminar  |  Monday, March 26*

A Training Seminar offers in-depth training and instruction on a specific subject area that isn’t covered at this level during the main program or tutorials. An experienced Training Seminar instructor offers a mix of formal lectures, interactive discussions and activities to help attendees maximize their learning experiences.

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
TS1: Lithium-Ion Battery Cell and Pack Technology

Bob Spotnitz, President, Battery Design LLC

Kevin Konecky, Battery Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting, Inc.

The first part of this seminar will provide of an overview of lithium-ion cell technology and an in-depth discussion of the principles guiding the design of both high-energy and high-power lithium-ion cells. The second part will present the overall design of battery systems, the product development process, cost, and system validation. Topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of Li-ion cell technology and discussion of the principles guiding the designs of both high-energy and high-power cells and their manufacturing technology
  • Porous electrode theory
  • Impact of potential improvements in materials and processes
  • Introduction to battery systems
  • System specification development
  • System design: cell and module design, and mechanical, thermal, and battery management (hardware and software)
  • Product development process overview w/ key milestones and cost considerations