Continental Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

Thursday, June 7
8:15 – 9:15 am

Join your colleagues and fellow delegates over breakfast for a focused, informal discussion moderated by a member of our speaking faculty. A small group format allows participants to meet potential collaborators, share examples from their own work, vet ideas with peers, and be part of a group problem-solving endeavor.

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

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: Silicon Anodes and Cells

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 3: Electrolyte Developments: New Components and Approaches

Sam Jaffe, Managing Director, Cairn Energy Research Advisors

  • Recent electrolyte advances and their impact on the battery
  • Gauging cost/benefits to adding new components to electrolyte mixtures
  • Super-concentrated salt electrolytes: recent research and implications
  • Innovative solvent and additive approaches
  • Emerging salt candidates for improved performance

TABLE 4: Cell Manufacturing

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 5: Lessons Learned from the Samsung Galaxy Note7 Battery Safety Events

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

  • We will discuss the event and it’s causes
  • What are the lesson we should learn and what steps can be taken to prevent these events?
  • How has this event affected the battery industry?

TABLE 6: Basic Science Research and Advanced Lead Batteries for Automotive Energy Storage Systems Batteries

Boris Monahov, PhD, Program Manager, Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) – a program of the International Lead Association (ILA)

  • Overview of recently analyzed lead battery performance data from 12V start-stop and micro-hybrid applications and 48V mild-hybrid applications
  • Future battery science developments in line with the new 1618 ALABC Program and their potential application for future vehicles
  • How does the energy cost per mile compare?
  • What are the infrastructure cost per mile compare?
  • What are the prospects for the future?

Table 7: Battery Safety Testing and Simulation

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 8: High Energy Cathodes

Dee Strand, PhD, CSO, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

  • Discuss materials used to meet automotive energy density targets
  • How is electrolyte development keeping up with new high energy cathodes?
  • Current challenges in electrolyte formulations

Table 9: Cell Screening Tests

Eric C. Darcy, PhD, Battery Technical Discipline Lead, Power Systems Branch, NASA Johnson Space Center

  • Which cell screening tests are most the 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?