Continental Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

8:30 - 9:30 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 and discuss ideas with peers.

TABLE 1: Silicon Anodes and Cells

Benjamin Park, PhD, Founder & CTO, Enevate Corporation

  • 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?

TABLE 2: Li-Ion NMC Fast Charging New Cells for E-Mobility

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: 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: Battery Pack System Cost and Safety – Will Future xEV Battery Packs Increase in Complexity or Simplify and How Will Cost and Safety Be Impacted?

Kevin Konecky, Battery Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting, Inc.

  • How will pack designs change to mitigate the increased failure modes of nickel-rich chemistries?
  • What materials might be added to increase safety?
  • Will BMS designs increase or decrease in complexity?
  • What system-level (non-cell) cost reductions are possible for 2025?

TABLE 5: Cell Screening Tests

Eric 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?

TABLE 6: Battery Degradation and Safety

Anil Paryani, CEO, Automotive Power

  • 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?

Additional Roundtable Discussions to be Announced

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