Battery Power for Consumer Electronics Conference, March 30-31, 2022

Cambridge EnerTech’s

Battery Power for Consumer Electronics

Innovation in Advanced Batteries for Portable Devices

MARCH 30 - 31, 2022 | ALL TIMES EDT

The demands and requirements of battery power for wireless devices continue to increased at an exponential rate. This track will focus on the latest technological advancements in portable battery power for devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, power tools and medical devices. The conference presentations will provide an in-depth analysis of emerging new designs, testing, power management and safety for consumer electronics. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with the complete battery development ecosystem, from principal scientists to device manufacturers.

Wednesday, March 30

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
Ken Zemach, PhD, Vice President Quality, Northvolt
Hailong Ning, PhD, Head of Battery Manufacturing Technology and Engineering, Nio
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)

ROOM LOCATION: Timor Sea 1-2


4:15 pm

Organizer's Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Enertech
4:20 pm

Chairperson's Remarks

Ryan Spray, PhD, Principal Scientist, Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry, Exponent
4:25 pm

A Unique Lithium Technology to Power the World’s Smallest Implantables

Prabhakar Tamirisa, PhD, Senior Research Manager, Technical Fellow, Batttery & Electrochemical Systems Technology, Medtronic
4:55 pm

Next-Generation Battery Technologies for Active Medical Implants

Robert Rubino, Senior Director, Research and Development, Integer

Implantable medical devices are able to treat more medical conditions than ever before and are providing more convenience for patients in the form of smaller implants, fewer replacement surgeries, enhanced communication functions that enable remote management, and less recharging time. These improvements create new demands for power source technologies which have continued to advance to meet the needs of these important applications. Advances include higher power and energy lithium primary batteries as well as high energy rechargeable batteries which can be rapidly charged, all of which of have useful lifetimes of ten or more years.

5:25 pm

Battery Development for Medical Applications

Vijay Vasan, Senior Systems Architect, Philips Healthcare

Battery technology is evolving rapidly. This presents some unique challenges to the medical device industry. Safety, quality and reliability, combined with long application life cycles have triggered a transformation in the way products, and batteries, are designed and developed in Philips. Innovation centered around connectivity and modularity are key drivers in the future of medical devices and health-tech. Platforms and standardization form an integral part of the solution.

5:55 pm Close of Day

Thursday, March 31

8:45 am Registration & Morning Coffee (Pre-Function West)

ROOM LOCATION: Timor Sea 1-2


9:00 am

Chairperson's Remarks

John Wozniak, PhD, President, ESP Consulting
9:05 am

Fast Charging in PC: Benefits, Drawbacks and Realities

Jeremy Carlson, Battery Technology Engineer, Lenovo

The concept of a mobile device that can charge in minutes is an attractive idea for many users. However, there are many tradeoffs and practical considerations that make achieving this ideal difficult in reality. In this presentation, we will discuss both potential methods of fast-charge implementation and their benefits along with the tradeoffs in battery and system design.

9:35 am

Context-Based Battery Charging Algorithm, an Application of Machine Learning/Deep Learning to Battery Charging for Longevity Extension

Naoki Matsumura, Principal Engineer, Intel Corp.

Fast and full battery charging enhances user experience in consumer electronics, electric vehicles and IOT devices. However, it accelerates battery degradation, resulting in less battery longevity. This session talks about machine-learning/deep-learning application to battery charging, optimizing charging scheme and extending battery longevity while maintaining user experience. The technology is also expected to enhance sustainability and reduce the cost of ownership as it requires less battery replacement.

Dan Alpern, Vice President Marketing, Battery Streak, Inc.

A consideration of fast charging impact on consumer electronics; including economics, safety, speed, and thermal issues. Advantages of new battery materials and consideration of hybrid battery and energy recovery systems. 

Christian Rood, CEO, LeydenJar Technologies

LeydenJar develops 100% pure silicon anodes with a unique PECVD production process. Since 2020, LeydenJar presents a market-high energy density of 1350 Wh/L, boosting energy density by 70%. After a successful investment round in 2021 is the fast-growing team currently implementing the anode technology in the first applications.

10:35 am Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)
11:20 am

Advancement in Power Battery Technology for Consumer Markets

Lisa King, Director, Global Battery Technology, Stanley Black & Decker

DEWALT is the world's first major power tool brand to use pouch format technology for the construction industry. DEWALT 20V MAX POWERSTACK batteries have 50% more power, are 25% smaller and 15% lighter. The design brings significantly improved product ergonomics, power density, and cycle life through format change from industry-standard cylindrical construction to pouch multi-tab construction, advanced materials, and new pack construction techniques.

11:50 am

Smart Charging for Consumer Electronics

Ryan Klee, Technical Program Manager, Microsoft

To protect consumer electronics devices against accelerated battery deterioration and expansion, a “smart” approach is needed. Considering time at high voltage and high temperatures, while also incorporating user behavior patterns and adding machine learning/AI to help improve the user experience.

12:10 pm

Gauging for the Applications with Dynamic Loads

Yevgen Barsukov, PhD, Head, Algorithm Development, Battery Power Systems, Texas Instruments, Inc.

Wide range of consumer and industrial applications have moved from relatively steady load to highly dynamic loads both in terms of current range and intermittent occurrence. Simple filtering can handle high-frequency noise, but handling persistent and repeatable high loads over the duration of several seconds requires a completely different approach. Update of battery model parameters has to consider load variability. Battery model itself has to account for wide frequency range dynamics. Additionally, as repeatable load patterns are now a norm rather than the exception, it makes sense to use them in definition the end of discharge, discharge duration, state of power, and state of health. This presentation covers the key differentiating factors of gauging and power optimization for applications with dynamic loads.

12:30 pm

Using Intel DBPT (Turbo Mode) SMBus Commands to Support High Peak Power Loads

Brian Fritz, Battery Management Systems Engineer, CircuitWizardry

BMS manufacturers have added SMBus commands to help support "Turbo Mode" in portable system processors. These commands allow a system to determine the magnitude and duration the battery can supply to the system. This presentation covers the commands and how to utilize them. This understanding allows users to support high power pulsed loads without fear of undervoltage conditions, or to tailor the load to what the battery can supply.

12:50 pm Enjoy Lunch on Your Own
1:40 pm Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)


2:20 pm

Chairperson's Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Enertech
2:25 pm

Battery Supply Chain Concerns for Consumer Electronics

John Wozniak, PhD, President, ESP Consulting

The ongoing issues resulting from the pandemic have raised concerns worldwide about supply chain integrity. The 'Just In Time' supply chain model, material and component shortages, as well as port congestion, have all contributed to product availability. This presentation will discuss how all of this affected the battery sector for consumer electronics.


2:55 pm

2022 Update on Global Battery Compliance

Cynthia Millsaps, CEO, Business & Quality, Energy Assurance LLC

This presentation will include a current update on the global compliance requirements for small to mid-format battery packs. I will cover required standards for compliance, number of samples and lead times as well as common issues and concerns to be aware of.

3:25 pm

Consumer Safety: Latest Updates on UL Certification Programs for Micromobility, Portable, and Wearable Applications

Michael Sakamoto, Senior Manager, Global Business Development, UL LLC

This presentation by UL will cover recent updates to consumer battery safety certification programs, such as household applications and micromobility. In addition, as applications cross over into commercial-use cases such as robots and augmented, mixed, and virtual reality equipment, UL will share where new end product applications will derive battery safety standard and certification for the North American market.

3:55 pm

Performance and Safety Consequences of Electrode Gaps in Lithium-Ion Cells

Ryan Spray, PhD, Principal Scientist, Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry, Exponent

Limited research has been publicly available regarding the effects of electrode gaps in prismatic lithium-ion cells with respect to materials and performance degradation, or lithium plating. A systematic study was performed on prismatic cells cycled at elevated temperatures. The safety aspects of the cells with electrode gapping is evaluated using accelerating rate calorimetry (ARC). The evolution of gaps was monitored using X-ray computed tomography (CT) analysis. Our study demonstrates the correlations between as-manufactured electrode gaps and their performance and safety consequences. Understanding the thermal stability of prismatic lithium-ion cells during their lifecycle is necessary for risk mitigation in numerous applications.

4:25 pm Transition to Closing Session


4:35 pm

Organizer's Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Enertech

Roadmap to 2030: Opportunities & Illusions

Panel Moderator:
Brian Barnett, PhD, President, Battery Perspectives

The prospects for lithium-ion are justifiably receiving major attention. Projected growth rates are impressive and numerous market drivers and trends within vehicle electrification, stationary and consumer electronics markets reinforce the potential for even higher growth. Responding to the challenge, Li-ion technology has been steadily improving even as costs have been decreasing. Requirements for even higher energy are stimulating massive R&D efforts to bring next-generation materials to market. The roadmap to 2030 offers many opportunities, but not without major challenges. A panel of experts will discuss forecasts for 2030, providing insights about opportunities, challenges, barriers, and key factors shaping the 2030 roadmap.

Bob Taenaka, xEV Battery Senior Technical Leader, Ford Motor Company
Viktor Irle, Co-Founder & Market Analyst, EV Volumes
Jeremy Carlson, Battery Technology Engineer, Lenovo
5:40 pm Close of Conference