Continental Breakfast Roundtable Discussions
THURSDAY, JUNE 27
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: Battery Fire Safety Risks Mitigation and Communication
Haresh Kamath, Senior Program Manager for DER and Energy Storage, EPRI
- Are recent battery fires related to inherent safety risks in the batteries, or are they related to integration failures?
- Are battery users taking unknown risks by reviewing bids chiefly on the basis of price?
- Are battery manufacturers and integrated solution providing enough information on battery failures to their customers and potential customers?
- How can battery users and solution providers work together to enhance better understanding of fire risks and mitigation strategies?
- What standard industry practices should there be about communicating high-profile failures to customers, regulators, and the media?
TABLE 2: 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 we progress with reducing the current cell manufacturing cost?
- What are the safety risks during manufacturing and how can we handle these?
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: 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 5: 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 6: Charging Infrastructure for Zero-Emission Heavy-Duty Trucks, Buses and Freight Equipment
Leslie Goodbody, Engineer, Innovative Heavy-Duty Strategies, Mobile Source Control Division, California Air Resources Board
- How important is standardization for conductive charging? Inductive charging?
- For large battery electric fleets, what are the arguments for or against AC vs. DC vs. wireless charging?
- How do demanding duty cycles and routine fast charging affect different battery chemistries in terms of life span and performance?
- What are worker safety concerns with connecting and disconnecting high-power charge ports?
TABLE 7: BMS Test Approaches and Philosophies
Peter Blume, President, Bloomy Controls, Inc.
of BMS testing: engineering verification, software validation, design
verification, HALT/HASS, reliability, and manufacturing test.
responsible for BMS testing? The vehicle OEM, the cell/module/pack
supplier, and/or the contract manufacturer?
should you use cell simulation hardware and when should you use real cells
for testing the BMS?
many cells or modules should you simulate in order to validate a BMS? When
and how should you simulate an entire pack?
are the capabilities of hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing?
are the sources of commercially available BMS testing equipment?
TABLE 8: Charging and Infrastructure
Kevin Konecky, Battery Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting, Inc.
- Review different charging protocols
- What improvements are being made to the user experience
- Discussion on DC-charging and wireless charging
TABLE 9: Trade-Offs of Various Battery Structure and Enclosure Materials (Steel, Aluminium, Structural Plastics/Composites)
Andrew Oury, Global Lead Engineer – Power Battery Packs, General Motors
- What materials have battery manufacturers had success with in the past?
- Are there production volume considerations for the best materials? Do lower-volume programs lend themselves to one type of construction while high-volume programs lend themselves to another?
- Do lightweight materials “earn their way in” based on $/kg saved on a BEV?
- What materials have shown promise for management of internal and external fires?
- What influence does the enclosure material have on radiates emissions (EMC)?
- Do certain materials have benefits for crash and underbody protection?
TABLE 10: High-Energy, Fast-Charge Lithium-Ion Cells
Sujeet Kumar, PhD, CEO, Zenlabs Energy
- Is silicon the right anode choice?
- Cycle life degradation during fast charge
- Li-ion battery design architecture for fast charge
TABLE 11: Electrified Vehicle Battery System Research Needs
Ted Miller, Senior Manager of Energy Storage Strategy and Research, Ford Motor Company
- Elements that are common to traditional automotive powertrain research
- Elements that are unique as compared to traditional automotive powertrain research
- Key needs in terms of scientist and engineer experience and training
TABLE 12: To What Extent Is Regulation Driving the Growth in the xEV Market?
Mike O'Kronley, Executive Director - Corporate Strategy, A123 Systems LLC
- Would the market ever demand xEVs in the absence of regulations?
- What would the timing be?
- Will consumers be forced to drive xEVs or will the market demand them because they are viewed as being better?
- Is there a tipping point?
- When will it occur?
- What effect does economics play in the broad acceptance of xEV?
- Does an xEV need to be cheaper at the time of purchase to be viewed as more attractive?
- Will consumers factor in TCO?