Cambridge EnerTech’s

Battery Power for Consumer Electronics

Innovation in Advanced Batteries for Portable Devices

April 1-2, 2020

The demands and requirements of battery power for wireless devices have increased exponentially over the past decade. These increased demands have created significant market opportunities for battery developers. This conference will focus on the latest technological advancements in portable power for smart phones, tablets, laptops, medical devices and power tools. The conference presentations will provide an in-depth analysis of emerging new battery chemistries, pack designs and battery management systems. In addition, an examination of the latest charging technologies and advances in safety will be addressed. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with the complete battery development ecosystem, from principal scientists to device manufacturers.

Final Agenda

Wednesday, April 1

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 Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

3:50 Chairperson’s Remarks

John Wozniak, PhD, President, Energy Storage and Power Consulting, Core Quality International, Ltd.

3:55 Battery Testing for Consumer Electronics: Motivations and Methods

Walter van Schalkwijk, PhD, Principal Battery Scientist, Microsoft

This presentation discusses the motivations and the testing methods that support them. Most testing methods are common to all these motivations, but the data are collected and used differently. This presentation gives some clarity to the complexities of battery testing and how resources can be efficiently used to achieve more with better test planning.

4:25 Development and Commercialization of a Silicon-Based Lithium-Ion Battery

Cameron Dales, COO, Enovix Corporation

Over the past decade, there have been numerous attempts to significantly increase the energy density of a lithium-ion battery by incorporating a silicon-anode, but none has yet progressed from the lab to the marketplace. This presentation will describe our path to commercialization from concept and performance-cost targets through prototype development, pilot production, sampling, design wins, product development, full-scale automated production and go-to-market strategy.

4:55 Quality Philosophy in the Manufacture of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Bruce Miller, Technology Strategist, Dell

The manufacturing processes employed in the creation of lithium-ion cells are quite convoluted and intricate. To ship a good, consistent product, the process design and control methodology employed must be quite rigorous. Attention to detail is important from end to end. In actual practice, two manufacturing processes may appear to be equivalent, but the implementation approach can significantly affect the output of the process. A few real-world examples will be used to illustrate the points.

5:25 Dinner Tutorial Registration*

5:45 - 8:00 Dinner Tutorials*

*Best Value or separate registration required for Tutorials.

8:00 Close of Day

Thursday, April 2

7:30 am Registration Open

7:45 Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups with Continental Breakfast

8:45 Session Break


9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

William Braff, Engineering Program Manager, Apple

9:05 A Method to Enhance System Peak Power while Mitigating Battery Degradation

Naoki Matsumura, Lead Engineer, Intel Corporation

Many computing devices that use batteries can enhance system performance by peak-power mode. In this mode, system extracts higher current from a battery for a short period. While this makes computing speed faster, arbitrary peak power may cause battery degradation. This session talks about a method to enable peak power mode while mitigating battery degradation.

9:35 Challenges of Wearable Batteries

Lawrence Pan, PhD, Principal Battery Engineer, Fitbit

The growing wearables market accounts for 100’s of millions of batteries each year. The small footprint of wearables and growing customer expectations of them present unique challenges for battery performance, design, manufacturing, and safety compared to larger secondary batteries found in phones, tablets, and laptops. We will discuss some limitations and advantages, as well as the advances required to meet the demands of future wearables.

10:05 Towards Comprehending Fast Charging of Lithium Ion Batteries

Kamal Shah, Director, Platform Architecture Management Client Computing Group, Intel Corp; Chairman, Mobile PC Extended Battery Life Working Group, EBLWG

Fast charging is a highly desired feature in many applications. This talk will overview results of fast charging using several different protocols. For each protocol, questions such as how long does it take to charge and to what state of the charge the cells get to will be answered. Once a particular protocol is identified to be the most optimal, further experiments can be done to understand impact on safety and aging.

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

11:20 Battery-Enabled Electrification of Outdoor Power Equipment

Mattias Simonsson, Channel Manager, Stanley, Black and Decker

Many garden tools that have traditionally been powered by gas or cords are being converted to lithium-ion batteries. This is a journey that has only just begun and that will continue to change the way both consumers handle yard work and how landscapers do business.

11:50 Bringing Battery Technology to Market

Rick Thompson, Chief Battery Technologist, Dell Technologies

Demand for battery innovation continues to grow at a remarkable pace. We are often presented with new battery ideas and technologies, but it is important to understand how we qualify and use batteries in different scenarios. There are many requirements involved in bringing new battery technology to life.

12:20 pm Connecting the Dots between Li-Ion Battery Technology, Supply Chain, and Portable Home Appliances

Chia-Ying Lee, PhD, Principal Battery Engineer, SharkNinja

Supply of Li-ion battery has turned to surplus since 2019 due to the production capacity expansion and EV subsidy facing out. Battery cell manufacturers are seeking new customers and applications in order to increase their cash flow. Portable home appliances become an attractive sector due to the exponential growth in demand and short payment terms. However, the product requirements of home appliances are different from EV, and new cell technology and design are required. Hence, a new trend in cell technology and product development strategy are evolving. Analysis of this dynamic situation, technical advancement, and business opportunity will be presented in detail.

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

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


2:20 Chairperson’s Remarks

Bruce Miller, Technology Strategist, Dell

2:25 Battery Management for Pulsed Load Applications

Yevgen Barsukov, Head of Algorithm Development, Battery Management Systems, Texas Instruments

Prediction of remaining capacity is less meaningful than prediction of number of pulses. In addition, power tool applications have a series of challenges related to the need of fast charging while achieving acceptable cycle life. This presentation covers the key aspects of gauging and fast charging for highly intermittent load applications.

2:55 Consumer Battery Opportunities: Beyond 3C

John Wozniak, PhD, President, Energy Storage and Power Consulting, Core Quality International, Ltd.

Formerly niche battery applications have grown considerably since 2016 and continue to be a profitable space for those suppliers willing and able to meet some extreme requirements. Two interesting product categories will be discussed in this presentation, each with its own specific challenges.

3:25 Electrolyte Wetting in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Jianlin Li, PhD, Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

This talk will include: 1) determining the electrolyte imbibition rate in LiNi0.5Mn0.3Co0.2O2 cathodes, graphite anodes, and separators; 2) processing effect on electrolyte wetting; and 3) how the pores are filled with electrolytes.

3:55 British American Tobacco: Transforming Tobacco

Matthew Howard, Battery Engineer, British American Tobacco

BAT is the world’s largest tobacco company with a 125-year history in traditional cigarettes. In the last 5 years, BAT has entered into the consumer electronics industry with the emergence of e-cigarettes and tobacco heated products. In this talk, BAT discuss the challenges and how they are driving the industry forward to improve consumer safety and device performance.

4:25 Networking Refreshment Break

4:45 PLENARY KEYNOTE SESSION: Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

4:50 An Intrinsically Flexible Li-Ion Battery for Wearable Devices

Avetik Harutyunyan, PhD, Chief Scientist and Research Director, Materials Science, Honda Research Institute

We demonstrate bendable, twistable, and foldable Li-ion rechargeable pouch cell battery that approaches the ceiling of gravimetric energy density imposed by the lithium storage material. Mentioned performances become a possibility because of the elimination of metal current collectors, binders, and additives from the electrodes.

5:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: Overcoming the Constraints of Investment, Innovation and Demand to Achieve Success in Battery Applications


Brian Barnett, PhD, President, Battery Perspectives LLC

6:05 Close of Conference

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

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