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!


High Performance Battery Manufacturing Conference, July 28-29 2020, Orlando, FL

Cambridge EnerTech’s

High Performance Battery Manufacturing

Global Production of Safe, Efficient, Higher Energy Density Batteries

NEW DATES - July 28-29, 2020

Advancements in battery manufacturing will be the catalyst for the growth of high performance electric vehicles and consumer electronics. The battery manufacturing conference will take a global perspective on battery manufacturing and will bring together the key stakeholders that represent the complete value chain of battery manufacturing and will showcase the latest innovations from key manufacturers 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 manufacturing 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.

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

Ratnakumar Bugga, PhD, Principal Member Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

8:15 FEATURED PRESENTATION: Will Artificial Intelligence Help Address Battery Issues?

Rachid Yazami, PhD, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Program Director, Energy Storage, Energy Research Institute, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Founding Director, KVI PTE, Ltd.

The market demand especially in the electric mobility application put huge pressures on lithium-ion batteries such as longer life, faster charging, safer and higher energy and power density. There is a need for strong and universal algorithms to be used in battery management with artificial intelligence tools to assess battery states (SOC, SOH and SOS) and safer fast charging protocols.

8:45 The Chinese EV Market and LiB Cathode Supply Chain

Gao_YuanYuan Gao, President & CEO, Board Director, Pulead Technology Industry Co., Ltd., China

During this talk, the current dynamics of the Chinese EV market which accounts for more than 50% of the global EV market, will be updated, and in particular discussions will be made with regard to the cathode supply chain from an active player’s perspective.

9:15 Trends in the Development of Li-Ion Battery Technology and Industry

Haokun Deng, PhD, Director, Project Management, EVE Energy Co., Ltd.

Since 2017, there’s been a dramatic change in technical solutions and industrial development in Li-ion batteries within only one year. Fast charge technology, long cycle life, reliability, quality and safety performance have drawn more attention than before. In the battery industry, the big become bigger, and the occupation of market of these big companies tends to focus on several points, and business brought by huge auto companies overseas due to their global supply chain strategy.

9:45 Networking Coffee Break

10:15 Chairperson’s Remarks

Ratnakumar Bugga, PhD, Principal Member Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

10:20 Advanced Cells/Systems for Mobility, Industrial, and Defense Applications

Greszler_ThomasThomas Greszler, Cell Development Manager, North America, Saft

Saft has entered a growth stage and is expanding into new markets and applications; our strategy and plans will be discussed. In addition, Saft continues to invest in new Li-ion chemistry including advanced LTO, Mn-phosphate, and high energy pouch cells with excellent power capability; recent advancements will be shown. Finally, Saft next-generation cells, especially solid-state, will be presented and discussed.

10:50 Development of 48V Start-Stop Power Batteries

Lingdi Cao, PhD, Vice President, Lishen Research Institute, Tianjin Lishen Battery Joint-Stock Co., Ltd.

This presentation focuses on the progress of the 21700 cell development at Tianjin Lishen Battery Company. Three types of 21700 cells, viz energy cell, power cell and fast charge cell, are being developed targeting the xEV, ESS, power tool and portable mobile device markets. Benefits of 21700 cells will be discussed and a three-year product roadmap will be presented.

11:20 Advancing High-Energy Lithium-Sulfur Battery from Liquid-Rich, Liquid-Lean, to All-Solid-State

Dongping Lu, PhD, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories

Despite the long-time and extensive research efforts, the deployment of the technology for practical applications is still hindered by the practically low energy and limited cycle life. In this presentation, we will discuss critical scientific challenges of the Li-S batteries at the materials and cell levels and our new progress in improving cell energy and cycling life by reducing the use of liquid electrolyte from rich to lean and ultimately to all-solid-state batteries.

11:50 Presentation to be Announced

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


M. Stanley Whittingham1:40 The Li Battery: From Its Origin to Enabling an Electric Economy

M. 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

Yuan Gao, President & CEO, Board Director, Pulead Technology Industry Co., Ltd., China

3:30 Lithium-Ion – Safety First

Dennis Malec, Senior Applications Engineer, Panasonic Corporation of North America

As Panasonic continues to gain more knowledge from real-world usage of 18650 cells, steps continue to be made to advance the focus on safety. I’ll explain what steps, and why they are important.

4:00 Update the Discussions for Li-Ion Explosion and Fire for Various EDV/ESS

Zhang_JohnJohn Zhang, PhD, Senior Technical Executive Officer, Asahi Kasei Separator

We will discuss and show the initiation of “fire GAS” components and the critical shorting power for the various internal shorts. We will also demonstrate methodologies to reduce the explosions/fire power for certain EDV/ESS cell packs.

4:30 Safe Li-Ion Battery Designs with Heat-Pipe Structures Fabricated Using Additive Manufacturing

Ratnakumar Bugga, PhD, Principal Member Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

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

Dennis Malec, Senior Applications Engineer, Panasonic Corporation of North America

8:30 Overcoming Key Challenges to Tab-to-Cell Connections for Battery Pack Manufacturing

Boyle_MarkMark Boyle, PhD, Product Manager, Amada Miyachi

Successful tab-to-cell connections determine the manufacturability of a battery pack. A number of challenges exist including material selection, tolerances of fit up, speed of assembly, and monitoring to ensure a successful weld joint was achieved. Proper equipment and process development will determine the quality and throughput that can be achieved.

9:00 Low Resistance Negative Electrodes for Fast Charging Lithium-Ion Batteries

Ebner_MartinMartin Ebner, PhD, CEO, Battrion AG

We present a novel fabrication technology that reduces the resistance of negative electrodes of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Fast charging of high energy density LIBs is limited by increased degradation brought about by lithium plating on the negative electrode. In this talk, we investigate how reduced negative electrode resistance leads to shorter charging time without compromising energy density, safety, and lifetime.

9:30 Low-Cost NMC811 for Safe Li-Ion Batteries

Bogan_LeonardLeonard Bogan, PhD, Tech Fellow, Research & Development, Dongguan Cham Battery Tech Co., Ltd.

The Amandarry New Materials Technologies Company has developed technology to produce the nickel-rich NMC811 at reduced cost and on a commercial scale. Production cost is reduced by removing the water washing and second calcination processes while maintaining the pH and lithium residue on the surface at the same levels as in other commercial NMC811 products. CHAM batteries made from the Amandarry NMC811 are safer than other NMC811 batteries.

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

10:45 Introduction to Neocarbonix: Binderless Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Cao_BenBen Cao, Research & Development Director, Nanoramic Laboratories

Electrodes are limited in their electrochemical stability and electrical performance by polymer binders.  Nanoramic has developed an alternate solution - Neocarbonix - an electrode platform technology that effectively replaces polymer binders and primers.  Results have been demonstrated for both LIB cathodes and EDLC electrodes. Nanoramic's Neocarbonix electrodes have significantly lower ESR, better C-rate capabilities, longer lifetime at high temperature, and greater active material thickness for improved energy density, while also retaining or improving specific capacity. 

11:15 Batch and Continuous Production of Electrode Masses in the Laboratory and GWh Production Scale with Eirich MixSolver®

Gerl_StefanStefan Gerl, Head, Process Technology Department, Process Technology, Maschinenfabrik Gustav Eirich GmbH & Co. KG

The superior mixing principle was adapted and transferred to LIB coating slurry production as MixSolver and EvacMix® process allowing highest quality electrode production in significantly reduced preparation times and costs to traditional mixing processes. The “Eirich Conti Feeder Process” combines additionally the advantages of batch processing with use of the very short preparation times with full continuous material supply to the coater.

11:45 Sustainable Manufacturing of Anode Materials in a Competitive Global Market

Deveney_BridgetBridget Deveney, Senior Manager, R&D, Elkem

Lithium-ion batteries are at the center of the conversion to sustainable electric transportation systems. But the manufacturing of battery materials is energy intensive and can have significant negative environmental impacts. Changing the energy sources and manufacturing process for production of anode materials can reduce the environmental impact of batteries. This presentation explores how anode materials with state-of the-art performance can be manufactured in a sustainable way.

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 High Performance Battery Manufacturing