Original Agenda

We are actively working with our speakers to confirm their availability for our new dates and will share the updated program once it is available. Initial response from our speakers has been very positive so we are quite optimistic the July agenda will be as valuable as the March. In fact, we are thrilled to share that all five Plenary Keynotes have already confirmed their participation!


Advances in Automotive Battery Applications, July 28-29, 2020, Orlando FL

Cambridge EnerTech’s

Advances in Automotive Battery Applications

Optimizing High-Performance Batteries for EVs

NEW DATES - July 28-29, 2020

OEM demand drives innovation for advanced lithium batteries for automotive applications. Discover what components drive this innovation through accelerated discussion of R&D advancements that strengthens international cooperation in battery development. This conference will address the critical issues facing application developers, design engineers and system engineers as they work to overcome barriers to bringing products to market as well as improve the capabilities of existing products. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the key industry organizations from around the globe on their strategies to finding success and how they are conquering the challenges of commercialization.

Monday, july 27

7:00 am - 3:00 pm Tutorial, Training Seminar, and Partnering Forum* Registration Open

8:00 am - 4:00 pm Pre-Conference Tutorials, Training Seminar, and Partnering Forum

*Best Value or separate registration required for Tutorials, Training Seminar or Partnering Forum.

Tuesday, july 28

7:00 am Registration and Morning Coffee


8:05 Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

8:10 Chairperson’s Remarks

K. M. Abraham, PhD, Research Professor, Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technologies, Northeastern University; Principal, E-KEM Sciences

8:15 FEATURED PRESENTATION: Charging of Lithium-Ion Batteries: Infrastructure Considerations and Modeling and Avoidance of Overcharge

Verbrugge_MarkMark Verbrugge, PhD, Director, Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory, General Motors

After a brief update on GM’s electrification initiatives, we overview GM’s efforts towards creating an efficient and effective BEV (battery electric vehicle) charging infrastructure in North America. Following this, we examine: a) the utility of fast charging; and b) the modeling of cell overcharge. For the modeling work, we add two new theoretical developments to published models to address Li plating.

8:45 Quest for Energy Density – Aspects of Li-Metal Anodes

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

Due to its well-known reactivity, any aspect of lithium metal must be understood in detail and must be manageable, otherwise Li-metal will not be suitable for a large market application. Mercedes-Benz R&D North America collaborates with leading experts performing research to carefully investigate all aspects of Li-metal. This talk highlights recent results and considerations.

9:15 Lithium Ion and Beyond - Challenges to Integrating the Next Generation of Battery Cell Technologies into FCA Vehicles

Okma_CarrieCarrie Okma, Senior Technical Specialist, Lithium-Ion Cell/Chemistry, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Requirements for battery cells to be used in electric vehicles range from the obvious to the subtle. A description of these requirements will be provided, and then compared to the developmental status of a spectrum of next generation lithium ion and beyond lithium ion chemistries. In this way a clear picture will emerge not only of the requirements by which we evaluate next generation cells but also what are the remaining barriers for these technologies.

9:45 Networking Coffee Break

10:15 Chairperson’s Remarks

K. M. Abraham, PhD, Research Professor, Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technologies, Northeastern University; Principal, E-KEM Sciences

10:20 Challenges of Lithium Metal Batteries for Automotive Applications

Alvaro Masias, Senior Researcher, Energy Storage Research & Strategy, Ford

Most next generation battery approaches rely on using lithium metal anodes as the primary means of significantly improving energy density. However, lithium metal has a very limited track record in automotive application batteries and significant unknowns remain regarding its potential mechanical, life and safety performance.

10:50 Perspectives and Challenges of Next-Generation Automotive Batteries

Mckinney_JamesJames McKinney, Battery Technology Engineer, BMW of North America

To apply demanding automotive requirements to new battery technologies, BMW Group works with academic, national lab, and industry partners to understand the impacts of each cell design decision. Some examples of recent innovation include advanced electrolytes, high-Si content anodes, all-solid-state systems, and high-Ni cathode materials. This presentation will outline the opportunities and limitations of various cell and material concepts from a car manufacturer’s point of view. Key challenges will be addressed with examples from BMW research projects.

11:20 Rising to the Challenge: Rechargeable Battery SCib with LTO Anode for Future Automotive Society

Ishiwa_KojiKoji Ishiwa, Senior Manager, Battery Cell Application Engineering Department, Toshiba

Toshiba started production of SCiB using LTO anode in 2008, and has not only penetrated the world of automobile, industry and electric power, but also established high quality and reliability. In the presentation, solutions by SCiB in low voltage HEV as an example, and proposals how SCiB can contribute to the future automotive society will be explained.

11:50 Drive On-Time New Vehicle Launches, Maximize Performance, and Increase Margins with Battery Intelligence

Sholklapper_TalTal Sholklapper, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO, Voltaiq

With the rapidly approaching electrification of the global vehicle fleet, automotive OEMs and key suppliers of battery packs, cells, and components are under tremendous pres-sure to launch more new product lines in tighter time frames than has ever been done before. Battery Intelligence – the intelligent analysis that unlocks the potential of data that these organizations are already collecting today – is the key to staying competitive in the electrified automotive landscape.

12:20 pm Grand Opening Walking Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

1:25 PLENARY KEYNOTE SESSION: Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech


1:30 Shep Wolsky Battery Innovator Award


1:40 The Li Battery: From Its Origin to Enabling an Electric Economy

StanleyWhittingham-nobel90M. Stanley Whittingham, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Member, National Academy of Engineering, Director, NECCES EFRC at Binghamton, SUNY at Binghamton

50 years ago, a rechargeable battery achieving an energy density exceeding 100Wh/kg at room temperature was just a dream. Today, cells are exceeding 250Wh/kg. These cells have revolutionized electronic devices, have made EVs feasible, are dominating grid storage, and enabling renewable energy. Yet the components of these intercalation-based cells have not changed significantly since the 1990s, and the cells still do not exceed 25% of theoretical capacity. Some of the challenges that need to be addressed to doubling the energy density will be discussed.

Jeff Dahn2:10 An Unavoidable Challenge for Ni-Rich Positive Electrode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries

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



2:40 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


3:25 Chairperson’s Remarks

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

3:30 U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Battery Research Programs and Objectives

Gillard_SamSamuel Gillard, Technology Development Manager, Battery R&D, U.S. Department of Energy

This presentation provides an overview of the DOE vehicle battery R&D portfolio and the research initiatives for accelerating commercialization. There will also be discussion on technology performance targets, future direction, and highlights of significant breakthroughs and key findings resulting from VTO funded R&D.

4:00 Increasing Battery Systems Performance and xEV Industry Trends Analysis

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

Battery systems are complex systems with the battery cell as the core technology of the system, but then integrated with multiple subsystems, including mechanical, thermal, and battery management systems (BMS). This presentation will look into the different subsystems that contribute to the overall battery system performance and opportunities for improvement in next-generation battery systems. Industry trends will be evaluated to show how the xEV industry has progressed over the recent wave of electrification.

4:30 Is Scale Alone Enough to Bring Down Battery Costs?

Goldie-Scott_LoganLogan Goldie-Scott, Manager, Energy Storage, BloombergNEF

Lithium-ion battery pack prices have fallen 80% since 2010 reaching an average of $176/kWh by 2018. We will share a detailed bottom-up cost breakdown across different geographies and applications. We will provide a review of a number of different approaches to reducing costs, such as substitution, scale, integration and a range of design and manufacturing process improvements. Finally, we will review whether certain applications will tolerate higher costs for greater performance.

5:00 Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

6:00 Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups

The breakouts 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. Each topic is led by a moderator who ensures focused conversation around the key issues of that topic. Attendees choose to join a specific group. View list of topics here.

7:00 Close of Day

Wednesday, july 29

8:00 am Registration and Morning Coffee


8:25 Chairperson’s Remarks

Carrie Okma, Senior Technical Specialist, Lithium-Ion Cell/Chemistry, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

8:30 Prospects for Practical Rechargeable Lithium Metal Anode Batteries

Abraham_KMK. M. Abraham, PhD, Research Professor, Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technologies, Northeastern University; Principal, E-KEM Sciences

Practical rechargeable batteries with lithium metal anodes are the holy grail of advanced power sources for mobile devices and electric vehicles. This is because a lithium metal anode battery with a given cathode material can yield nearly twice the energy density of a lithium-ion battery utilizing the same cathode material. This talk will make a critical assessment of the prospects and limitations of such batteries.

9:00 Commercializing Solid-State Batteries for EV and ESS Applications – Challenges and Opportunities

Sisk_BrianBrian Sisk, PhD, Vice President, Cell Product Development, A123 Systems

The focus of this presentation will be discussing scale-up factors and system-level issues for both transportation as well as energy storage applications.


Lionano_SE 9:30 Specialty Polymer SSE: The Path to Next Generation EV Batteries   

Yu_AlexAlex Yu, PhD, Founder and President, Lionano SE Inc.

Dr. Yu of Lionano SE Inc. will discuss the company's efforts to transform battery technology to enable safe, affordable, and manufacturable products for Mobility and Energy Storage, including the development and performance of the company's segment-leading polymer-based solid-state LPE™ electrolyte.

10:00 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

10:45 Metallic Lithium Metal Anode for Ultra-High Energy Batteries for xEV and Aerospace Applications

Fetcenko_MikeMichael Fetcenko, Chairman of the Board, Sion Power

Sion Power has combined extensive experience with metallic lithium anodes with high energy lithium-ion cathodes such as NCM and achieved 500 Wh/kg, 1000 Wh/L with 500 deep discharge cycles. The company is producing 6 and 20 Ah cells and modules with outstanding independently verified safety results. Sion Power continues to progress its technology roadmap to achieve 700 Wh/kg and 1400 Wh/L for aerospace applications.

11:15 Investigation of Non-Uniform Degradation in Lithium-Ion Battery Packs

Yang_ChuanboChuanbo Yang, PhD, Senior Energy Storage Engineer, Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Prediction of battery service-life at stochastic working conditions is ultimately needed for battery system design. A high-fidelity CAE tool is built to address non-uniform degradation in battery packs in a spatially distributed manner by coupling a new quasi-explicit nonlinear electrochemical model with physics-based surrogate life models. This tool is effective for predicting battery pack life under dynamic working conditions and providing valuable insights for diagnostics and prognostic purpose.

11:45 Ultra-Fast Charge of Off-the-Shelf Li-Ion Batteries without Reducing Cycle Life

Khomutov_KostyantynKostyantyn Khomutov, CEO, GBatteries

GBatteries is pioneering the only demonstrated technology that enables ultra-fast charging (50% capacity in 5 minutes and ~80-100% capacity in 10 minutes) of Li-ion batteries without reducing cycle life and without changing the battery chemistry. GBatteries will present an innovative way to charge Li-ion batteries using a smart pulse charge approach as an alternative to CCCV, which reduces irreversible chemical reactions and allows to achieve an ultra-fast charge.

EVE_NEW 12:15 pm Plated Luncheon

1:15 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

1:45 PLENARY KEYNOTE SESSION: Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech


Bob Galyen1:50 The Fast-Changing World of Battery Applications

Bob Galyen, CTO, Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL)

Today’s advanced battery technologies have enabled a myriad of new applications unthought of only a few decades ago. Let’s take a walk through the world of applications to see how this has transpired and where it will take us into the future. The enabling doctrines of the GOLDEN RULES of electrification will also be reviewed.

Celina Mikolajczak2:20 The New NFPA 855 Standard for Installation of ESS

Celina Mikolajczak, Vice President, Battery Technology, Panasonic Energy of North America




2:50 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

3:45 Close of Advances in Automotive Battery Applications