High Performance Battery Manufacturing Conference, March 29-30, 2022

Cambridge EnerTech’s

High Performance Battery Manufacturing

Global Production of Safe, Efficient, Higher Energy Density Batteries

MARCH 29 - 30, 2022 | ALL TIMES EDT

Advancements in manufacturing will be the catalyst for the growth of high performance battery applications. The manufacturing track will showcase a global perspective on battery production and will bring together the global stakeholders that represent the complete value chain and will showcase the latest innovations in Asia, Europe and the United States. With presentations focusing on the latest approaches to assembly, automation, efficiency, inspection methods and cost reduction, valuable insight will be gained into the entire global battery ecosystem. Conference attendees will gain a critical understanding of the state of manufacturing from around the world and who is leading the way to the future of battery manufacturing.

Tuesday, March 29

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

ROOM LOCATION: Pacifica 1-5


8:05 am

Organizer's Remarks

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

Chairperson's Remarks

Brian Barnett, PhD, President, Battery Perspectives
8:15 am

Preparation for the Near Future: Market & Technical Planning of the Asian xEV LIB Manufacturers in 2025

Mark H.L. Lu, PhD, Senior Industrial Analyst, Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center, Industrial Technology Research Institute

The global automobile industry has established a long-term trend toward electrification technology, attracting industry chain manufacturers to rush to invest. The Asian battery manufacturers plan to respond a series of challenges like to balance of supply and demand on cellmaking and materials side, ensure the source of mineral and all materials and technical competition between Japanese, Korean and Chinese manufacturers. This presentation will provide an overview of the above cellmakers’ planning, especially cover both the technical comparison, market and product segmentation to show the future development in Asian xEV LIB Manufacturers.


8:45 am

New Markets and New Electrochemistry at Saft

Carine Steinway, Program Manager, R&D, SAFT America, Inc.

Saft will be presenting the progress of its development of Lithium Manganese Iron Phosphate cathodes (LMFP). Performance results on 30Ah cylindrical cells, 35Ah Prismatic cells, and 10Ah Pouch cells will be shared. Saft is commercializing LMFP for defense, aerospace, and industrial applications.

9:15 am

Wide Adaption of SemiSolid (Clay-Like Type) Battery Platform in EV and Grid Market

Naoki Ota, President & CEO, 24M Technologies, Inc.

Lithium-ion cell manufacturing with SemiSolid platform is currently being adopted and deployed by global partners. This chemistry agnostic platform offers highly reliable, safe, and cost-competitive process and cell solution to EV and ESS markets.

9:45 am Networking Coffee Break (Pre-Function West)
10:15 am

Longer Lasting LFP Batteries and Next-Generation Higher Voltage Phosphate Batteries

Joseph Fisher, CEO, Lithium Werks

The talk will focus on how the energy density of LFP batteries are being improved through innovative pack designs while maintaining the attributes of safety, faster charging, and longer life. Additionally, new game-changing Phosphate Cathode Active Materials (CAMs)with higher voltages and improved energy densities while not sacrificing the core positive attributes of LFP, including no Nickel and no Cobalt will be presented.

10:45 am

Smart Giga Machine: A Long-Term Friendship between Molecules, Machines and the Data 

Shailesh Upreti, PhD, Chairman, iM3NY

As the battery industry transitions from GWh to TWh, we at C4V are diving deeper into the basics of high yield and smarter factories that can be scaled faster and run profitably. C4V's proprietary machine learning solution called Digital DNA, along with a highly efficient machine designed by the core engineers in association with the machine builders, would be discussed in detail during this presentation.

11:15 am

High-Throughput Laser Micro-Structuring of Thick Battery Electrodes

Dana Kern, PhD, Research Scientist, NREL

Increasing the battery electrode thicknesses is one way to enhance cell energy densities; however, increased thickness is usually accompanied by reduced rate performance. The introduction of laser-ablated micro pores or channels in thick battery electrodes shows promise for improving the performance of lithium-ion batteries (LiBs). Advanced predictive modelling reveals the limitations of planar electrodes for fast charge performance and the importance of microscale features for improving ion-transport and energy density. We will present the technical challenges of accomplishing the laser ablation and describe scale-up of our processing methods to enable high-throughput roll-to-roll fabrication of micro-structured thick battery electrodes.

Calum Munro, PhD, Senior Scientist, Mobility, PPG

To enable consumer acceptance of battery electric vehicles, the industry must focus on improving cost, range and charging speed. Today’s EV batteries are designed with increased energy density, higher operating voltage, and fast charging capabilities. These design changes are necessary to improve EV performance. PPG offers solutions to meet these critical needs, designed for efficient and effective high-volume manufacturing, and enabling design evolution while ensuring safety, durability, and performance.

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: Pacifica 1-5


3:40 pm

Chairperson's Remarks

Bertrand J. Tremolet de Villers, PhD, Research Scientist, Process Science and Engineering Group, Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
3:45 pm

Electrochemical and Material Characterization of Laser Micro-Structured Thick Battery Electrodes

Bertrand J. Tremolet de Villers, PhD, Research Scientist, Process Science and Engineering Group, Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

By first exploring the limitations of thick planer electrodes, advanced predictive models were prepared to identify optimal electrode patterns for improved cycling performance. Herein, the impact of electrode laser patterning will be discussed in detail. First, materials characterization techniques (SEM-EDS, XRD) were used to explore the effect ultrafast laser ablation had on the electrode materials’ morphology and structure. Next, the improvements in the patterned electrodes’ electrochemical cycling performances and degrees of wetting will be compared to a pristine baseline case. Finally, the correlation between experimentally obtained data and model predictions will be presented and discussed.

4:15 pm

Cell Production and Supply Chain

Sachiya Inagaki, Vice President, Battery Material Supply Business, FREYE Battery Norway AS

This presentation will cover an introduction to Freyr’s battery technology based on 24M technology, in addition it will address the battery value chain strategy in the Nordic region.


4:45 pm

Melt Synthesis: A Top-Down, Reactant Non-Specific Way to Produce Li(Fe,Mn)PO4

Mickael Dollé, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Université de Montréal

LiFePO4 attracts renewed interest as a safe and low-cost cathode material candidate. Operating above the melting of LiFePO4 (980oC), the melt-synthesis benefits from fast reaction kinetics and a relatively wide thermodynamic stability window. This approach allows a diverse range of raw materials and mixtures, including coarse particles and spend LiFePO4. Possible purification of the melt or upon solidification opens door to less pure non-expensive raw materials. A good understanding of the thermodynamics of the Li-Fe-P-O system facilitated the selection of the best conditions to prepare a high purity LiFePO4 by melt-synthesis at the pilot scale.

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: Pacifica 1-5


8:25 am

Chairperson's Remarks

Mark Obrovac, PhD, Professor, Chemistry & Physics, Dalhousie University
John Zhang, PhD, Senior Technology Executive Officer, Asahi Kasei SSBU Polypore, Celgard LLC

With ever-increasing energy density demands, improvement of battery safety becomes more and more critical. One of the key components for improving and balancing the battery safety and energy density is the battery separator. From Li-ion history, we know the Ceramic Coated (Celgard Patent 6,432,586) separator greatly improved separator strength at high temperatures, therefore, greatly improved Li-ion safety and enabled the real high energy density Li-ion development and applications in 3C, EDV and ESS. Nowadays, almost all high-energy density Li-ion batteries are using Ceramic Coated Separator. Many high-energy density cathode and anode materials have since been developed.  However, they cannot be applied to practical battery applications in 3C, EDV, and ESS due to serious safety problems (again) of these theoretically high energy density Lithium batteries. In this paper, we will address various separator properties truly relevant to battery safety, characterization methodologies, and their influences on battery safety and performance, with the goal of further advancing Li-ion battery technologies by further improving their safety, therefore, achieving higher energy density.

9:00 am

Enabling Sustainable Materials for Next-Generation Cathodes

Jason Croy, PhD, Group Leader, Materials Research Group, Electrochemical Energy Storage, Argonne National Lab

This presentation will discuss research and development efforts at Argonne National Laboratory aimed at advancing cathode materials that are rich in manganese and have the potential to be cost competitive for electric vehicle applications and beyond. Materials based in layered LiMn0.5Ni0.5O2, layered-layered xLi2MnO3•(1-x)LiMnNiO2, and a novel cobalt-free design based on a spinel framework will be presented. Some advantages will be highlighted and specific challenges to further development discussed. 

Ben Cao, PhD, Vice President, R&D-Battery Technology, Nanoramic Laboratories

Nanoramic developed a proprietary battery technology, Neocarbonix ™ At The Core, that enables Tier-I battery companies and automotive OEMs to achieve next-gen battery performance using existing equipment and processes. It allows for PVDF-free cathode electrodes manufactured with an NMP-free coating process, enabling environmentally friendly, lower cost, high-power and energy-dense batteries. This technology is also an enabler of Si-dominant anodes, using a water-based coating process and inexpensive forms of Si.

10:00 am Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)
10:45 am

Dry Processes for NMC Cathode Synthesis

Mark Obrovac, PhD, Professor, Chemistry & Physics, Dalhousie University

The widespread use of Li-ion batteries requires highly sustainable, low waste, and low-cost production. In the case of layered oxide cathodes, these methods must satisfy the production of highly uniform active material particles that are typically dense, low surface area, near spherical in shape, and are ~10 µm in size. This talk will discuss strategies of making highly engineered cathode particles by purely dry processes than can result in yield increases and waste reduction. It will be shown that such methods can be used to produce materials with even higher complexity than is currently possible with traditional methods.

11:05 am

M2CAM: A New Age of Cathode Manufacturing

Stephen Campbell, PhD, CTO, Nano One Materials Corp

We have developed a one-pot process that forms durable, single-crystal cathode powders that is more consistent, lower-cost, and a higher-performance method of creating cathode active material for lithium-ion batteries. It’s the key enabler of metal to cathode active material (M2CAM), a process that employs direct metal powders, cutting multiple steps of the resource-intensive metal conversion process out of the battery supply chain. The session will describe the benefits of utilizing the One-Pot/M2CAM process and how the technology can drastically improve the way battery cathodes are manufactured.

11:25 am

Active Cathode Materials for Next-Generation Li-Ion Batteries

Rohan Gokhale, PhD, Applied Technology Manager, Umicore Rechargeable Battery Materials

With the exponentially growing global battery demand accompanying the rapid rise of electric mobility, the role of battery cathode materials has gained increasing importance due to its significant impact on performance and cost of the cell. Umicore is a global leader in the cathode materials manufacturing space with over 20 years of experience and expertise in development of specialized products using innovative processes, driven primarily by customer demand. In this presentation, we will provide a brief overview of our NMC materials technology for the current market and future direction based on observed trends in the field of clean transportation. We will describe some of our novel approaches to improve the cost and performance of these cathode materials, and our focus on sustainability and ethical sourcing of raw materials. Umicore views the closed-loop business model of recycling materials obtained from end-of-life batteries critical to our operation in the future and expects a greater share of future sourcing through this route.

Like Xie, Ph.D, Advanced Battery Research Institute, EVE Energy North America Corp

EVE started to develop cylindrical cell models in 2001. Today EVE has become one of the leading cell suppliers in primary & 18650 cylindrical cell market. Through the integration of advanced materials, innovative structure design, and extreme production efficiency, EVE has successfully developed a series of 46XX cylindrical cells with high energy density, fast charging, excellent reliability, and low cost products for electrical vehicles applications.

Daniel Higgs, PhD, Director, Product Management, Business Development, Forge Nano

Almost all commercially-viable natural graphite anode powders are pitch (carbon) coated. The current pitch coating process is environmentally damaging, expensive, inconsistent, and hard to implement. This presentation baselines half- and full-cell data from several globally-sourced natural graphites (both SPG and CSPG), and highlights the environmental benefit, lower cost, higher performance, and simplicity of Forge Nano's coating equipment over pitch coating. 

Christopher Burnett, Senior Field Marketing Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Mass production of lithium-ion battery electrodes has expanded dramatically in the last few years, and there have been a number of new developments within in-line sensors to meet safety and quality requirements of the final battery cell. This presentation provides an overview of the technology used in in-line metrology along with recent developments that benefit battery electrode manufacturers and improve their yield and final cell safety.

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 High Performance Battery Manufacturing Track