Cambridge EnerTech’s

Alternative Applications in Energy Storage

Meeting Evolving and Increasing Energy Storage Demands

March 27-28, 2019

As applications are evolving, energy storage demands are increasing. However, different energy storage applications have different sets of requirements (safety, size, weight, and cost) and must be considered during battery development and design. Is the application better suited for high energy or high power? The answer then determines cell chemistry and cell architecture. The Alternative Applications in Energy Storage: Meeting Evolving and Increasing Energy Storage Demands conference explores the latest trends in energy storage, from small-scale mobility applications (wearable) to autonomous applications (IoT) to large-scale industrial projects (grid).

Final Agenda

Wednesday, March 27

1:45 Plenary Keynote Session: Organizer's Remarks

1:50 Shep Wolsky Battery Innovator Award

2:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: What Innovations/Advancements Do OEMs Need to Enable Near-Term, Large-Scale Production?


Celina Mikolajczak, Director of Engineering, Energy Storage Systems, Uber



Mohamed Alamgir, PhD, Research Director, LG Chem

Micheal Austin, Vice President, BYD US Operations (BYD America-IT, BYD Motors, BYD Energy)

Craig Rigby, Vice President Technology, Power Solutions, Johnson Controls

Bob Taenaka, Technical Specialist, Battery System Development, Ford Motor Company

What do OEMs need for near term, large-scale innovation? Can the global battery R&D community deliver on what advancements OEMs need for large-scale production? Our distinguished panel will discuss what they need to innovate and what they anticipate their future requirements will be. In addition, our panelists will discuss what innovation can be achieved to meet the OEMs requirements.

2:55 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

New applications Demand New functions

3:40 Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Mary Ann Brown, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

3:45 Chairperson’s Remarks

Amy Marschilok, PhD, University Instructional Specialist, Research Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & Research Professor, Chemistry, Stony Brook University; Joint Appointee, Brookhaven National Laboratory

3:50 An Argument for Basic Battery Science: Each Time an Application Demands a New Battery Chemistry to Achieve Previously Unrealized Functionality, a New Fundamental Understanding Is Required

Amy Marschilok, PhD, University Instructional Specialist, Research Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & Research Professor, Chemistry, Stony Brook University; Joint Appointee, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Battery science must be explored both fundamentally and with an understanding of application-specific demands, to achieve relevant and previously unrealized functionality of energy storage materials and to facilitate deliberate design of systems with the desired characteristics. This presentation includes case studies to illustrate this point in several applications enabled by electrochemical energy storage solutions.

4:20 Longevity and Economics of Battery Power for Seismic Nodes

Timothy Betzner, PhD, Research Scientist, Systems Division, Fairfield Geotechnologies

Autonomous seismic sensor nodes, alternatives for traditional geophysical exploration, rest on the seabed for weeks per deployment, recording earth echoes indicative of fossil fuels and minerals. Nodes contain up to 400 commercial lithium-ion cells, which, over eight years, experience unique marine degradation conditions. Capacity testing, AutoLion simulation, and Weibull statistical modeling were combined with node manufacturing history to determine an economic battery replacement schedule.

4:50 Characterizing and Simulating Batteries for IoT Applications

Bradley Odhner, Applications Engineer, Keithley Instruments, Tektronix

Battery simulation grants designers the ability to repeatably and reliably test their devices under realistic conditions, besides a simple cost savings in the battery budget. Simulating accurately often requires knowledge of how the battery will react to a device’s unique current draw and low level continuous current drain. This talk explores the difficulties and solutions of battery simulation.

5:20 Dinner Tutorial Registration*

5:457:45 Dinner Tutorial*

7:45 Close of Day

Thursday, March 28

7:30 am Registration Open

7:45 Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups with Continental Breakfast (See website for details.)

8:45 Session Break

Large-Scale Energy Storage

9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Kevin Fok, Director, Operations, LG Chem Michigan, Inc.

9:05 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Towards Profitable Sustainability: The Liquid Metal Battery

Donald R. Sadoway, PhD, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The liquid metal battery offers colossal current capability and long service lifetime at very low cost. The roundtrip efficiency is greater than 80% under daily 4 h discharge (C/4) with fade rates of 0.00009%/cycle, which means retention of >99% of initial capacity after 10 years. There is much to be learned from the innovative process that led to the discovery of disruptive battery technology.

9:35 Battery Energy Storage Roadmap – Market and Technology since 2008

Michael Liu, Director, Energy Storage, BYD America Corp.

A quick overview on what in the stationary storage industry has evolved since 2018, what industry was looking for back then, and what was available back then. We use some typical examples of the time to provide an idea of how the technology has improved and of increasing markets that are services.

10:05 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

10:35 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

11:20 Energy Storage System Deployment and Implementation

Kevin Fok, Director, Operations, LG Chem Michigan, Inc.

This presentation discusses the deployment of energy storage systems and recent trends based on current, in-field experiences. As energy storage systems continue to be installed not only in rural and remote locations, but also in crowded, urban environments, additional considerations need to be factored in. For successful projects, it is critical to understand requirements in the rapidly growing and evolving energy storage market.

11:50 Solar Flow Batteries: Integrated Solar Energy Conversion and Redox Flow Battery Devices

Song Jin, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Practical solar energy utilization systems demand efficient solar energy conversion and inexpensive large-scale energy storage. Combining both functions into a single integrated device represents a more efficient, compact and cost-effective approach to utilize solar energy. We have developed novel and highly efficient hybrid solar-charged storage devices that integrate regenerative solar cells and redox flow batteries (RFBs) that share the same pair of redox couples.

12:20 pm FEATURED PRESENTATION: Aqueous Sodium-Ion Batteries

Jay F. Whitacre, PhD, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University; Founder & Chief Scientist, Aquion Energy

12:50 Walking Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing or Plated Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall Foyer (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

1:50 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


2:20 Chairperson’s Remarks

James J. Watkins, PhD, Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering; Director, NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, Polymer Science and Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2:25 Thin Film Polymer Electrolytes in Lithium Batteries

Wyatt Tenhaeff, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester

Carefully engineering the surface chemistry of lithium-ion battery electrodes is necessary for the development of safe, stable, high-energy-density cells. The application of ultrathin film coatings is an important strategy used to mediate electrochemical reactions. This talk describes work in our group using surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization and initiated chemical vapor deposition to synthesize polymer thin film electrode coatings to study how polymer chemistry and film morphology influence key electrode processes.

2:55 Scalable Fabrication of High-Power Lithium-Ion Microbatteries via Imprinting of 3D Electrodes Using Nanoparticle Inks

James J. Watkins, PhD, Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering; Director, NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing, Polymer Science and Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Microbatteries based on 3D electrode architectures hold great promise but their practical realization is limited by strict material requirements and significant hierarchical processing complexities. We fabricated a fully integrated 3D lithium-ion microbattery using sub-10 nm LiMn2O4/Li4Ti5O12 nanocrystals and a novel copolymer gel electrolyte that possess superior capacity retention (40% at 300 C) and high-power density (855.5 μWcm-2μm-1) comparable to some of the best microsupercapacitors. The microelectrodes are fabricated by scalable solvent-assisted imprint lithography using nanoparticle inks and the battery cell is integrated vertically through layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly.

3:25 Batteries for Novel Medical Applications Based on Wafer-Level Processing

Robert Hahn, PhD, Senior Scientist, Micro Energy Group, Fraunhofer IZM

Several emerging innovations in the medical and health sector require extremely miniaturized batteries and special form factors. A technology was developed that combines advanced silicon wafer-level packaging and microprint and dispense processes to fabricate thousands of small batteries in parallel on a substrate. While standard lithium-ion electrode materials are used adaptions were made for the electrolyte to reduce the vapor pressure. Special fabrications technologies have been developed like high-speed particle jetting for active materials and electrophoretic deposition for the simultaneous fabrication of separators.


3:55 Exploring Threefold Specific Energy in Novel Activated Carbons

Bettina Fuchs, Dr. rer. nat., Postdoctoral Researcher, Fuel Cells Fundamentals, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)

We introduce novel activated carbons (AC) with capacities of 146 mAh/g @ 1C and 60 mAh/g @ 850 C load in aqueous-alkaline electrolytes. This outstanding electrochemical performance is linked to the surface chemistry and porosity of the novel ACs. A high-power Ni(OH)2/AC fuel cell with 10 Wh/kg demonstrates their promising application potential.

4:25 Networking Refreshment Break

4:40 Closing Plenary Keynote Session: Organizer's Remarks

4:40 - 5:40pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Solving the Innovation Barrier for Production of Improved Li-Ion


Brian Barnett, President, Battery Perspectives



Michael Fetcenko, Director, Global Licensing, BASF Battery Materials, BASF

Tobias Glossman, Senior Engineer, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America

Bruce Miller, Technology Strategist, Dell

Donald R. Sadoway, PhD, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Paul Schiffbanker, Product Manager Battery Systems, AVL

Demands for improved lithium-ion are increasing even while markets are expanding dramatically amidst relentless cost reduction pressures. New materials, components and technologies are required, and an unprecedented level of R&D is responding. Battery manufacturers and their suppliers face enormous engineering and investment challenges ramping up production. One consequence is a major innovation barrier:  long multi-year qualification periods and technologies “frozen” for manufacturing. This culture requires screening of new technologies in complete cells. Most innovators do not make cells or know how to demonstrate realistic cell-level performance. This panel of experts will examine these challenges and consider approaches to unblock innovation.

5:45 Close of Conference

* The program is subject to change without notice, due to unforeseen reason.

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