Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups*

Over 15 parallel breakout discussion groups take place during the main conference program on Tuesday and Thursday. 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. Below is a list of the breakout discussion topics that will be offered on Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 28.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 • 5:50-6:50 pm

Table 1: Silicon Anodes and Cells

Moderator: Benjamin Park, PhD, Founder & CTO, Enevate

  • What is the maturity level of Si today?
  • What different approaches are there with Si?
  • What are the challenges and how can the industry work together to solve them?
  • How does Si compare with other next-gen technologies such as solid-state/lithium metal?
  • What markets are the best markets for Si-based anode technologies?
  • Table 2: Li-Ion NMC Fast Charging New Cells for E-Mobility

    Moderator: Shmuel De-Leon, CEO, Shmuel De-Leon Energy, Ltd.

  • The needs for fast charging for E-Mobility
  • Current solution in the market
  • New Fast Charging LI-ION NMC cells under development
  • Table 3: Liquid Electrolytes for Lithium-Ion and Lithium-Metal Batteries

    Moderator: Wu Xu, PhD, Chief Scientist, Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Differences in electrolytes for graphite, silicon and lithium metal anodes
  • Electrolytes for high voltage cathodes
  • Safe electrolytes
  • Table 4: Battery Safety Testing and Simulation

    Moderator: Brian Barnett, PhD, Vice President, CAMX Power

  • What tests provide the best perspective about battery safety? Does this differ for different applications?
  • What will the industry accept in "incremental cost" for components that enhance safety?
  • Are some engineers more focused on passing the tests, and engineering accordingly, and is this any different than engineering real safety in the field?
  • Which tests can or cannot be gamed
  • Table 5: Cell Manufacturing

    Moderator: Raf Goossens, PhD, CEO, Global Corporate Management, PEC

  • What are the key challenges for manufacturing large format cells?
  • How can we achieve the large volumes that will be needed to fulfill the expected future market demands?
  • What simplifications can be introduced during manufacturing?
  • How can be progress with reducing the current cell manufacturing cost?
  • What are the safety risks during manufacturing and how can we handle these?
  • Table 6: Recent Advances and Remaining Challenges of High-Ni Layered Oxides for Commercial Use in Li-Ion Batteries

    Moderator: Feng Wang, PhD, Materials Scientist, Sustainable Energy Technologies, Brookhaven National Laboratory

  • Market: what is the main-stream of the cathodes in the market? and what is the current, and future market sharing of the Ni-based cathodes?
  • R&D: what are the most significant advances in the R&D of Ni-rich cathodes over the years?
  • Prospect/Reality: what’s next, near future and in the long run? And what are the related challenges and potential solutions for the commercial use? Any other alternatives?
  • Industry: what are the extra challenges associated with large-scale manufacture/processing of Ni-rich layered oxides? thermal-stability and safety-related issues, and even air-stability?
  • Table 7: What Do I Really Have to Do to Ship My Small Li-Ion Battery Globally?

    Moderator: Cynthia Millsaps, President and CEO, Energy Assurance LLC

  • What are the shipping regulations for Li-ion batteries shipped by air, land or sea, when shipped alone, contained in or shipped with equipment?
  • What is the purpose of a CB report for a battery pack? Will it help with international compliance?
  • Does the method of packaging the battery for import affect the regulatory compliance requirements? Where/how are the compliance requirements enforced?
  • Does the end use of the battery make a difference with regulatory compliance requirements? How?
  • Table 8: Consumer Product Safety

    Moderator: Douglas Lee, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, U.S. Consumer for Product Safety Commission

  • How can we ensure battery powered products are safe for all consumers?
  • Are voluntary safety standards keeping up with the battery technology?
  • Beyond standards, what can be done to mitigate risks?
  • What are some of the lessons learned from recent investigations?
  • Table 9: Battery Recycle

    Moderator: Jianlin Li, PhD, R&D Staff, Energy and Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • Separation/labeling of batteries
  • What to recycle
  • Recycle of element vs. recycle of powder
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 28 • 7:45-8:45 am (with continental breakfast)

    Table 1: Li-Ion Battery Safety: Prediction, Prevention, Levels and Legalities

    Moderator: John Zhang, PhD, Senior Technology Executive Officer, Asahi Kensai Group, Japan

  • How do you define battery safety? What levels of battery safety must be considered to comprehensively advance research in this area?
  • What are the most reliable and useful measures of battery safety? How do abuse tests relate to improving battery safety?
  • What are the best methods for predicting battery safety behavior and preventing battery safety hazards?
  • What are the most pressing legal issues associated with battery safety and batteries in CE and EDV?
  • Table 2: Battery Raw Materials Supply Chain

    Moderator: Rob Privette, Business Development Manager, North America, Umicore

  • Raw material (e.g. Co) sourcing
  • Battery supply chain
  • End-of-life battery recycling
  • Table 3: Direct Regeneration of Degraded Cathodes to Reduce LIB Cost and Enhance Materials Sustainability

    Moderator: Zheng Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of NanoEngineering, University of California, San Diego

  • Benefits from recycling: cost reduction, materials saving and environmental impact
  • Needs and challenges: different cell chemistries and structures
  • Pyrometallurgical, hydrometallurgical and direct recycling
  • Design for recycling
  • Table 4: Manufacturing Considerations of Solid-State Lithium-Ion Batteries

    Moderator: David L. Wood, III, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist, R2R Manufacturing Group, Energy & Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • High-speed manufacturing methods for all-solid-state lithium-ion cells
  • Handling high-component interfacial resistances during manufacturing (i.e., lithium-metal / electrolyte and composite cathode / electrolyte)
  • Scaling of electrode size from solid-state microbatteries to automotive pouch cells
  • Dealing with electrolyte and active material air and oxygen sensitivities during manufacturing
  • Table 5: Polymer Electrolytes in Lithium Batteries

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

  • Advantages and disadvantages using polymeric materials
  • Advancements in new materials and future directions
  • Fabrication and cell integration challenges
  • Market opportunities for polymer-based solid state batteries
  • Table 6: Growth of the Energy Storage Market – What Do We Need to Do Now?

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

  • What have we learned during the past several years?
  • What are the current focal points in getting energy storage systems procured and deployed?
  • What do you think we will need to focus on in the future?
  • Table 7: Why Data Centers are Converting to Lithium Back Up Battery Systems

    Moderators: Jerry Hoffman, President, LiiON, LLC

    Thomas Lynn, CMO and Technical Director, LiiON, LLC

  • Why are data centers converting to lithium back up battery systems?
  • What are the new lithium systems going into data centers?
  • Why is blockchain important to them?
  • Table 8: Active Charging and Energy Management of Lithium-Ion Batteries

    Moderator: Sheldon Williamson, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Ontario

  • What are the existing techniques for fast charging Li-ion battery packs?
  • What are the benefits of the new CT-CV charging at cell-level?
  • Can it be extended to pack and integrated with active battery management systems?

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