Advances in Automotive Battery Applications, March 29-30, 2022

Cambridge EnerTech’s

Advances in Automotive Battery Applications

Optimizing High-Performance Batteries for EVs

MARCH 29 - 30, 2022 ALL TIMES EDT

With exploding global EV demand driving innovation that will accelerate R&D in advanced lithium batteries for automotive applications, this conference track will address the critical issues in application driven development from design to systems as barriers are overcome to bring products to market as well as improve the capabilities of existing products. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the key players from around the globe on how they are finding success in conquering the challenges of commercialization.

Tuesday, March 29

7:00 am Registration Open and Morning Coffee (Pre-Function West)

ROOM LOCATION: South China Sea


8:05 am

Organizer's Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Enertech
8:10 am

Chairperson's Remarks

Tobias Glossmann, Principal Systems Engineer, HV Battery Research and Test Lab, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America
8:15 am

Building a Sustainable North American Supply Chain for High-Performance Cathode Active Materials

William Mays, Technical Account Manager, Battery Materials North America, BASF

It is critical to understand the supply chain for battery materials from the mine to market to ensure continued growth of EVs. In the past year, we have seen the importance of having a reliable local supply chain. BASF has unique insight into the battery materials market with cathode active materials production in all key regions. This presentation will cover the battery materials supply chain, sourcing, and forecasted consumption trends.

8:45 am

Impact of the xEV Market Growth on Lithium-Ion Batteries and Raw Materials Supply

Michael Sanders, Senior Advisor, Energy, Avicenne Energy

Today less than 5% of the automotive market is Electric Vehicle. With this very small market share, xEV already consume more than 70% of the total Li-ion battery production, more than 50% of the cobalt production and more than 65% of the lithium production. With conservative xEV forecasts (15 million EV sold per year in 2030), the impact on the lithium-ion battery market and supply chain will be huge.

Mark Thompson, Managing Director, Talga Group

To build a truly sustainable lithium-ion battery and EV industry, the entire supply chain needs to be decarbonised - from raw material extraction to manufacturing of batteries and EVs. However, there must also be industry-wide transparency about every stage of production. In this session, we will outline how Talga’s localised model of natural graphite anode production in Europe serves as a transparent, sustainable and economically viable strategy for the industry.

9:45 am Networking Coffee Break (Pre-Function West)


10:15 am

Reduced Order Models Derived from Perturbation Solutions

Mark W. Verbrugge, PhD, Director, R&D Chemical & Materials Systems Lab, General Motors Company

We derive and implement a new reduced order model (ROM1) based on a perturbation solution wherein the neglected higher-order terms that are uniformly discarded in the analysis are quantified.  ROM1 and the full model all utilize our MSMR (multi-site, multi-reaction) formulation, which has been shown to yield accurate representations of the thermodynamics of many different electrode materials.  ROM1 is particularly useful in the nonlinear regression of model parameters.

10:45 am

Ford F-150 Lightning EV Battery

Bob Taenaka, xEV Battery Senior Technical Leader, Ford Motor Company

The 2022 introduction of an all-electric version of America's best-selling vehicle – the Ford F-150 truck – continues the advancement and evolution of electrified vehicle batteries at Ford. The F-150 Lightning battery system will have the greatest power and energy storage capability of any that Ford has ever produced. This presentation will highlight some of the key features of this advanced battery system.

11:15 am

Bringing Performance to the Mainstream

Oliver Gross, MASc, SME Energy Storage and Conversion, Advanced Propulsion Technology, Stellantis

The race for horsepower in ICE vehicles has raised the bar of what has been deemed minimum acceptable vehicle performance, and this has migrated itself into everyday mainstream ICE vehicles. The same can be said for BEVs. Technologies and architectures that enable high performance in electrified vehicles also invite benefits to the more conventional BEV. This talk explores the battery-centric features that are a consequence of and enable high-performance vehicles, and have a pathway to mainstream BEVs. Topics will include cell design, high voltage architectures, thermal management, and functional management.

Tal Sholklapper, PhD, CEO, Voltaiq, Inc.

Batteries are complicated—more like living organisms than inert mechanical or electronic components. Battery complexity can make or break your business. Leaders like Apple and Tesla invested heavily in expertise and infrastructure around batteries, and have created trillions in value. To compete in today’s electrifying economy, you need Enterprise Battery Intelligence. We’ll present a maturity model to illustrate how you stack up against market leaders, and provide a roadmap to catch up.

12:15 pm Grand Opening Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall (Sponsorship Available) (Pacifica 6)
1:15 pm Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)



1:45 pm

Shep Wolsky Battery Innovator Award Presentation

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Enertech
1:50 pm

LG's Vision of Electrification: Innovation, Evolution, and Collaboration

Denise Gray, President, LG Energy Solution Michigan, Inc., Tech Center

Battery technology innovation has been an enabler for alternative propulsions and mobility solutions. The baseline has been established, but, the outlook is limitless. Amazing researchers and engineers have developed the technology to meet propulsion and mobility requirements. The mobility solutions available to the consumers will be breathtaking.  

2:20 pm

More than a Million Miles and a Century of Life

Jeff Dahn, FRSC, PhD, Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science, NSERC/Tesla Canada Industrial Research Chair, Canada Research Chair, Dalhousie University

Lithium-ion cells can have incredible cycle (>10,000) and calendar lives (>40 years). I will explain how such long-lived cells can be made. The common belief is that only 800 charge-discharge cycles is enough for EVs so why do we need such amazing cells? Ninety percent of all Li-ion cells produced in 2030 will be used in EVs, so vehicle to grid storage is absolutely required to incorporate more renewables on the grid to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. Such awesome Li-ion cells are needed so EV batteries can support a large fraction of their charge-discharge cycles while parked.

2:50 pm

Keynote Panel Discussion: Overcoming the Challenges of Meeting Global Demand for Sustainably Scaled Advanced Battery Materials

Panel Moderator:
Vineet Mehta, Director, Battery Technology & Powertrain Architecture, Tesla

The demand for advanced batteries continues to grow exponentially driven by electric vehicles as well stationary storage. Creating a sustainable supply of battery materials at a global scale is critical to success. This panel of experts will explore the pathway to sustainability through new materials development, recycling, 2nd use enabled by exceptional lifetime, and sustainable mining.

JB Straubel, Co-Founder & CEO, Redwood Materials
Jeff Dahn, FRSC, PhD, Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science, NSERC/Tesla Canada Industrial Research Chair, Canada Research Chair, Dalhousie University
Jeffrey S. Spangenberger, Director, ReCell Center, Argonne National Laboratory
3:30 pm Transition to Conference Programs

ROOM LOCATION: South China Sea


3:40 pm

Chairperson's Remarks

Kevin Konecky, Battery and Energy Storage Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting
3:45 pm

Next Steps toward High-Performing EV Batteries

Tobias Glossmann, Principal Systems Engineer, HV Battery Research and Test Lab, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America

In the process of taking battery chemistry to a higher level of maturity, we are sometimes challenged to ask the right questions or define the problem well. As a result core issues might be overlooked and progress may be slowed. This talk attempts to refresh our perspective on selected advanced battery technologies.

4:15 pm

Materials Innovations to Drive High-Performing, Low-Cost EV Battery Cells

James McKinney, Battery Technology Engineer, BMW of North America


4:45 pm

Best Practices for EV Cell Testing

Michael Strzepa, General Manager, Energy Assurance

Typical EV program structure overview and APQP process · Effective reporting and communication strategies · Procedure definition and development · Ensuring proper test set-up preparation and execution · EV relevant testing standards and customer-specific testing.

5:15 pm Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)
6:30 pm Interactive Roundtable Discussions (Pacifica 6)

Roundtable discussions are informal, moderated discussions with brainstorming and interactive problem solving, allowing participants from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and experiences and develop future collaborations around a focused topic.

TABLE 1: Battery Raw Materials Supply Chain

Robert M. Privette, Manager, Business Development, Rechargeable Battery Materials North America, Umicore USA, Inc.

TABLE 2: Li-Ion NMC Fast Charging New Cells for E-Mobility

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

TABLE 3: Li-Ion Battery Safety: Prediction, Prevention, Levels and Legalities

John Zhang, PhD, Senior Technology Executive Officer, Asahi Kasei SSBU Polypore, Celgard LLC

TABLE 4: Silicon Anodes and Cells

Benjamin Park, PhD, Founder & CTO, Enevate Corp.

Table 5: Electrolyte Developments: New Components and Approaches

Sam Jaffe, Vice President, Battery Solutions, ESource

Table 6: Battery Pack System Cost and Safety – Will Future xEV Battery Packs Increase in Complexity or Simplify and How Will Cost and Safety Be Impacted?

Kevin Konecky, Battery and Energy Storage Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting

Table 7: Battery Degradation and Safety

Craig B. Arnold, PhD, Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
John Williams, Vice President, Technical Services, Aspen Aerogels
  • When designing for thermal runaway, should we assume active cooling is available?
  • Have you seen ineffective gas management undermine defenses against thermal propagation?
  • Do you think stopping, rather than delaying, thermal propagation is a realistic goal?
7:15 pm Close of Day

Wednesday, March 30

7:45 am Registration Open & Morning Coffee (Pre-Function West)

ROOM LOCATION: South China Sea


8:25 am

Chairperson's Remarks

Evan Sanders, Director of Business Development, Sion Power Corp
8:30 am

U.S. Department of Energy’s Electric Vehicle Battery Research Program and Highlights

Brian S. Cunningham, Energy Storage Technology Developement Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

This presentation provides an overview of DOE vehicle battery R&D progress and the associated initiatives for accelerating commercialization. VTO’s battery R&D effort includes multiple activities, ranging from battery materials research to battery cell and pack development and testing. This presentation highlights the current battery R&D pathways supported by VTO and key technical results. A discussion of electric drive vehicle technology performance targets, gaps, and future research directions is also included.

9:00 am

Batteries & Trucks: Big Loads & Big Changes

David Schaller, Industry Engagement Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)

Battery electric trucks are in their infancy but are expanding rapidly now. Truck fleets are very hesitant to adopt new technology as it could risk their on-time delivery promises and cost of ownership financial models. The industry is seeing a rush of new OEM's, business models, and innovative partnerships. The need for large numbers of large batteries could be a boon for the battery industry, or battery costs could push the industry to hydrogen fuel cells.

Cameron Bruce, Mechanical Design Manager, ATS Industrial Automation

It's an exciting time to be involved in the electrification industry. Tackling the battery revolution, from design to manufacturing is not an easy task. Simply stacking batteries is not a model that can scale. There are form factors and design elements that are not fixed in time, presenting significant hurdles. A scalable, modular approach with the right partner is critical for success. 

Learn why ATS Industrial Automation is the partner of choice for battery manufacturing and assembly.

10:00 am Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)


Rachid Yazami, PhD, Founding Director, KVI PTE, Ltd. Singapore; Visiting Scholar, California Institute of Technology

Current LIB charging methods are electric current driven with an end of charge voltage limit such as most popular CCCV and MSCC methods. The end of charge limit to 4.2V-4.4V in metal oxide based cathodes such as NMC is mandatory to avoid cell' active material degradation and inner gas formation. In our studies we found that the rate of anode and cathode utilization is much below 100% during the charge and discharge operations. We attributed the deficiency to the limited voltage during charging. Recently, we have developed a voltage driven charging method coined non-linear voltammetry (NLV). In the NLV charging process cell voltage can exceed 4.4V for short enough duration so degradation doesn't take place. NLV enables extracting more lithium from the cathode and putting it in the anode during charge. As a result, the cell capacity is enhanced by 10 to 25% according to the cell chemistry and design and energy density above 300 Wh/kg was achieved. The tradeoff between capacity augmentation rate and lifespan is found to be cell type and SOH dependent. 

11:15 am

Large Format Hybrid Lithium Metal Batteries for xEV and Aerospace Applications

Jeffrey Britt, PhD, COO, Sion Power Corporation

Lithium metal battery cells engineered and produced by Sion Power for EV and Aerospace applications have substantially higher energy density and specific energy than the current generation of Li-ion battery cells. EV and High Energy (HE) versions of Licerion pouch cells (capacity ranging from 6 to 21Ah) have been engineered to address specific applications. Recent improvements to product performance and external validation of key cell attributes will be presented.

11:45 am

High-Throughput Investigation of Low-Cost Cathode Active Materials

Dee Strand, PhD, CSO, R&D, Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Inc.

The move toward global electromobility for automotive applications requires both sustainable and low-cost innovations. This challenging initiative requires the discovery and optimization of new cell materials that meet increased energy and power specifications, but also lower the cost of the overall battery. In this presentation, we will present how the use of high throughput screening methods was successfully used to develop new electrode recipes that improved EV key performance indicators.

Scott Zwierlein, Coating Process Engineer, Frontier - a Delta ModTech Company

In an era when battery technology is advancing at record pace it is important to be sure that battery manufacturing is capable of keeping up. In many cases the accuracy and precision of the coated electrode is what can make or break a new technology. We will address the advantages and disadvantages of a number of coating methods to give you the tools to evaluate which process best suits your technology.

Surya Moganty, CTO, Sionic Energy

Silicon can hold >10 times the number of Li-ion as the existing Graphite anode material and its use could lead to 20-40% higher energy density. The main obstacle for widespread Si use-300% in volume that damages the battery life. Our patented anode architecture combined with proprietary electrolyte design produce an expansion-controlled pure µm silicon-based Li-ion battery with a long-life span. This talk will provide Sionic battery product road map and status.  



12:45 pm Networking Luncheon (Sponsorship Available) (Pacifica 6)
1:45 pm Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)



2:25 pm

Organizer's Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Enertech

Building Gigafactories – Lessons Learned and the Future of EV Battery Manufacturing

Panel Moderator:
Celina Mikolajczak, Chief Manufacturing Officer, QuantumScape

The transition to vehicle electrification has generated a rapidly increasing demand for battery cells and packs. The key to producing cells at the volumes that will be required will be the building and implementation of gigafactories on a global scale. This panel of international experts who have been directly involved in building existing gigafactories will share their insights on what they have learned and how they see the future of electrification.

Kenzo Nagai, Process Engineer, Cell Engineering, Hatch
Hailong Ning, PhD, Head of Battery Manufacturing Technology and Engineering, Nio
Ken Zemach, PhD, Vice President Quality, Northvolt
Victor Prajapati, PhD, Senior Director, Cell Engineering, Rivian
Evan Horetsky, Partner, Mckinsey & Company
3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)
4:15 pm Close of Advances in Automotive Battery Applications Track