Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups*
Over 18 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 31 and Thursday, April 2.
TUESDAY, MARCH 31 ● 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Environmental Impact of Battery Cells
Moderator: Johannes Betz, MSc, Research Associate, MEET Battery Research Center, University of Münster
- Environmental impact of NMC-based cells
- Alternative battery systems: A solution or diversion?
- Second life and recycling
Challenges and Opportunities for Correlative Imaging in Liquid-Based Battery and All-Solid Batteries
Moderator: Jigang Zhou, PhD, Senior Industrial Scientist, Science Division, Canadian Light Source, Inc.
- Techniques for correlative imaging of battery heterogeneities
- In operando and in situation techniques
- Advanced data analysis (data mining and AI)
Solid-State Batteries – Key Technology Approaches & Time-to-Market
Moderator: Pirmin Ulmann, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO, b-science.net
- Time-to-market in electronics, medical devices and EVs: Is safety or energy density the driving force?
- Advantages and disadvantages of solid electrolytes: oxides, sulfides, phosphates, polymers, combinations
- Power performance in EVs: Do solid-state batteries provide sufficient power? Will they be combined with supercapacitors?
Raw Materials Supply Chain for Cathode and Anode
Moderator: Franz Josef Kruger, PhD, Senior Advisor, European Lithium Limited (Australia); ECM Lithium GmbH (Austria)
- How do we cope with the political/environmental situation in Chile and Bolivia regarding lithium from brine?
- How do we cope with the fact that over 50% of the global cobalt resources are located in the DRC?
- Natural vs. synthetic graphites – Who will be the winners based on cost and performance?
- Can we meet the CO2 footprint requirements requested by the OEMs?
Battery Raw Materials Supply Chain
Moderator: Rob Privette, Business Development Manager, North America, Umicore
- Electrode raw material (e.g., Gr, Co, Ni, Li, Mn) sourcing
- Meeting demand with available supply
- End-of-life battery recycling
Finding the Gaps That Have Yet to Be Filled in an Efficient Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Infrastructure
Moderator: Jeff Spangenberger, Materials Recycling R&D Program Lead, Argonne National Laboratory
- What are the top issues that are holding back the battery recycling industry?
- How can collection of consumer electronics be increased?
- Will manufacturers use recycled battery materials and how are they qualified?
- What policy would help or hurt the battery recycling industry?
- How can transportation costs be reduced?
Small Batteries, Big Potential? The Future of Rechargeable Coin Cells and Pin Cells
Moderator: John Wozniak, PhD, President, Energy Storage and Power Consulting, Core Quality International, Ltd.
- What are the market trends for coin cells and pin cells?
- What companies have found ways around the Varta coin cell patents?
- Is there profitability in developing these cells?
- What are the challenges associated with the manufacturing of these cells?
- What are the risks in using these small cells in wearable products?
Surviving the Valley of Death – Transitioning New Battery Technologies from R&D to Manufacturable, Commercially Viable Products
Moderator: James Kaschmitter, CEO, SpectraPower
- How do we define “manufacturable” or “commercially viable”?
- What attributes are important for a new battery technology to be commercially viable?
- What do battery manufacturers want?
- How can a developer of a new battery technology anticipate these requirements, including Quality Assurance requirements?
- What patent strategies should the developer employ during development?
Safety for Manufacturing
Moderator: Jody Leber, Senior Technologist, Energy Storage, CSA Group
- How manufacturers can prepare to meet the new IEC 62133-2 requirements without impacting delivery
- How these regulations ensure safety
- How this affects international trade
Approach to Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
Moderator: Judith Jeevarajan, PhD, Research Director, Electrochemical Safety, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
- Approaches to hazard analysis and risk assessment (FTA, FMEA, fish bone, bow-tie, etc.)
- Identification of hazards and risk
- Determination of probability and severity of risk
- Is modeling a good approach to hazard analysis and risk assessment?
- Mitigation of risks to reduce the severity and probability of hazards
THURSDAY, APRIL 2 ● 7:45 - 8:45 AM (WITH CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST)
Interface Issues in Solid-State Batteries
Moderator: Alexis Laforgue, PhD, Research Officer, Materials for Energy Technologies, Automotive & Surface Transportation Research, National Research Council of Canada
- Issues at the lithium metal/electrolyte interface
- Issues at the cathode/electrolyte interface
- Methods to properly investigate interfacial issues
Exploring the Next Growing Point for Energy Storage
Moderator: Jason Zhang, MS, Project Manager, Energy Storage, BYD America
- EV + storage
- Residential applications – other than backup
- Energy storage systems using repurposed/retired batteries from EV
Lithium-Ion versus Competing Alternative Battery Technologies
Moderator: Matthias Vetter, PhD, Department Head, Electrical Energy Storage, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
- Demand for battery storage and international market developments, e.g., behind-the-meter, before-the-meter, grid-scale
- Which market segments are dominated already and will be dominated in the future by lithium-ion?
- Which market segments will offer chances for NaS, NaNiCl, redox-flow, advanced lead-acid, etc.?
- TCO versus pure capex considerations
Opportunities for Zinc-Based Aqueous Flow Batteries
Moderator: Nian Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
- What is the biggest advantage of zinc-based aqueous batteries compared to other battery systems?
- What are the most foreseeable markets of zinc-based aqueous batteries?
- What are the most urgent technological barriers for zinc-based aqueous batteries?
- Is there anything we can learn from lithium-ion batteries to improve zinc-based batteries?
Silicon Anodes and Cells
Moderator: Frederic Bonhomme, PhD, Associate VP of Research & Engineering, 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?
Moderator: Raf Goossens, PhD, CEO, Global Corporate Management, PEC
- What are the key challenges for high volume cell manufacturing?
- How can we match the market demands?
- What simplifications can be introduced during manufacturing?
- What are the real BIG savings in cell manufacturing?
- How can we keep our investments and people safe?
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
Battery Degradation and Safety
Moderator: Craig Arnold, PhD, Director, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, Princeton University
- How can local non-uniformities in battery construction and mechanical stress lead to accelerated decay and safety concerns?
- What are the mechanisms that lead to the accelerated decay?
- What are methods of mitigating the effects in a real system?
Cell Screening Tests
Moderator: Eric C. Darcy, PhD, Battery Technical Discipline Lead, Power Systems Branch, NASA Johnson Space Center
- Which cell screening tests are most effective at detecting outlying cells?
- Which tests are most effective at detecting cells with latent defects that could lead to thermal runaway field failures?
*Included in Best Value Registration and Seminar Only Registrations
* The program is subject to change without notice, due to unforeseen reason.