Cambridge EnerTech’s

Battery Safety

March 31-April 1, 2020


An increasing number of high-energy density batteries are entering the market. As a result, it is becoming increasingly more important for battery safety testing and regulations to advance in stride with new technologies to ensure safe battery function and consumer use. This year's Battery Safety conference program, part of the International Battery Seminar & Exhibit, will cover important battery regulations and safety testing necessary to stay up-to-date with large R&D advancements. Regulatory agencies and associations, cell R&D engineers, and reliability engineers will discuss how they are developing robust and reliable tests for the progressively complex cell and pack designs. Maintaining battery pack stability and mitigating thermal runaway to improve safety will also be covered.

Final Agenda

Monday, March 30

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, March 31

7:00 am Registration and Morning Coffee

REGULATORY UPDATES

8:05 Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Victoria Mosolgo, Conference Producer, Cambridge EnerTech

8:10 Chairperson’s Remarks

Jody Leber, Senior Technologist, Energy Storage, CSA Group

8:15 Getting Ready to Meet the New IEC 62133-2 Changes

Jody Leber, Senior Technologist, Energy Storage, CSA Group

IEC 62133-2 is changing. This presentation will summarize the changes and how manufacturers can prepare to meet the requirements without impacting product delivery. Along with managing the changes, we will discuss how IEC 62133-2 is being implemented globally to ensure cells and batteries are able to cross borders with no restrictions.

8:45 Lithium Battery Transport Update - Regulatory Updates for 2020

James Powell, President, Consulting, Transportation Development Group LLC

The transport rules for lithium batteries are ever-changing. There are new developments in 2020, including a new Lithium Battery Test report and new restrictions by carriers.

9:15 Demystifying CEC Testing

Malcolm McClure, BSEE, MSEE, CEO, Engineering, Energy Access, Inc.

This presentation will explain what the present California Energy Commission (CEC) requirements are for charging systems. It will also give practical advice on how to optimize systems to meet these requirements. Finally, it will show how to perform in-house verification testing prior to applying for agency approval.

9:45 Networking Coffee Break

SAFETY TESTING

10:15 Chairperson’s Remarks

Dean MacNeil, Team Leader, Research Officer Energy, Mining and Environment, National Research Council Canada

10:20 Importance of Full-System-Level Tests for Evaluating Thermal Propagation Behavior

Dean MacNeil, Team Leader, Research Officer Energy, Mining and Environment, National Research Council Canada

10:50 Dynamic Nail Penetration Tests of Lithium-Ion Batteries for Extreme Environment Abuse Simulation

Vikas Tomar, PhD, Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University

While current testing is still beneficial towards obtaining useful information, it is not specific enough to generate data for technological improvements that can have a major impact on the safety of battery design. This work proposes extending these standards to obtain specific information that pertains to how pouch cell Li-ion batteries respond to penetrations using a drop hammer test with a nail.

11:20 Talk Title to be Announced

Kevin Marr, PhD, PE, Research Engineer, UT Fire Research Group, The University of Texas at Austin

11:50 Functional Safety of Embedded Systems and Software Used in Battery Management Systems

Nicholas Alexiades, Business Development Manager-Global Strategy, Energy & Power Technologies Division, UL

Functional Safety is relied upon to maintain safe operating conditions for energy storage energy space, whether it be through the use of a Battery Management System, a charging station, inverters, and other control systems in order to make correct and safe decisions. We will summarize functional safety and how it impacts these products.

12:20 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

StanleyWhittingham-nobel901:40 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.

2:10 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.

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

SAFETY TESTING & TRAINING

3:25 Chairperson’s Remarks

3:30 Cell Level Considerations for Next Generation Battery Management

Shriram Santhanagopalan, PhD, Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

4:00 Presentation to be Announced

4:30 Developing Effective Section II Training

David Anderson, Director, Transportation Logisitcs, Logistics and Maritime Operations

The key to section II training is for a company to develop proper work aids for use on the job. Once developed, the work aids must be updated as regulations and the battery mix which the company ships change.

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

6:00 Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups

7:00 Close of Day

Wednesday, April 1

8:00 am Registration and Morning Coffee

DESIGNING SAFER BATTERIES

8:25 Chairperson’s Remarks

8:30 Designing BMS for Safe 28V Aircraft Battery

Trung Nguygen, PhD, Vice President, Technical Management, EIC Labs

Safety is the primary criterion in the EIC 28V Li-ion aircraft battery pack’s design and architecture. A lithium-ion system can be safe, provided certain precautions are met when charging and discharging. For safe operation, the BMS continually monitors voltage, currents, and temperatures within the pack and protects the battery against adverse safety conditions, such as overcharge, over-discharge, short circuit, and high temperature.

9:00 Talk Title to be Announced

Rohit Bhagat, PhD, Chair, Electrochemical Energy Storage, Institute of Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University

9:30 Presentation to be Announced

9:45 Presentation to be Announced

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

SAFELY INCREASING BATTERY LIFE

10:45 Investigation into Active-Mode Modulation of Parallel-Cell Battery Currents for Increased Battery Life and Safety

Brett Huhman, PhD, Senior Research Engineer, Plasma Physics Division, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

It has been established that batteries using hard-bused connections are inherently unstable at high discharge rates. This paper evaluates the feasibility of using MOSFETs in the active mode to modulate the current from each battery string in a 19S4P array using Simulink and active feedback mechanisms. Discussion will include model development, results, and a path forward for experimental validation.

11:15 New Innovations and Techniques for Fractional Thermal Runaway Calorimetry (FTRC)

William Q. Walker, PhD, Aerospace Technologist, NASA-Johnson Space Center

11:45 Mitigating Lithium-Ion Battery Degradation through a Novel Fast-Charging Strategy: A Jointed Experimental and Simulation Effort

Lin Liu, PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Kansas

The lithium-ion battery degrades over time, which compromises its electrochemical performance and mechanical integrity, and eventually battery safety. An enhanced fast-charging strategy can overcome these limitations. This work proposes a novel fast-charging strategy to charge lithium-ion batteries safely. This strategy contains a voltage-spectrum-based charging current profile, which is optimized through an optimization framework with physics-based battery models and a genetic algorithm.

12:15 pm Plated Luncheon (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

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

1:50 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

 

 

2:20 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 Battery Safety

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

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2019/12/04
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