For AABC Asia 2019, we have increased our tutorial offerings from two to six. Six tutorials will take place between Monday October 28 and Tuesday October 29. The tutorials are designed to be instructional, interactive and provide in-depth information on a specific topic. Tutorial themes include introductions for those new to the field as well as explanations on more technical aspects than time allows during the conference programs that take place Tuesday-Thursday. Instructors are drawn from industry and academics alike, many of whom are recognized authorities in their fields or have teaching experience.


8:00 - 10:00

TUT1: Battery Pack Engineering for xEVs

This tutorial will give an overview of battery systems design. An overall product development process will be discussed for a typical system. Design aspects of each individual subsystem will be explored with cost impacts of different design choices. Testing, validation, and designing for safety will be other key areas of discussion.
Instructor: Kevin Konecky, Energy Storage Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting

10:30 - 12:30

TUT2: Managing and Understanding the Risks of Li-Ion Battery Safety

A wide variety of stresses and abuses of Li-ion cells can result in safety events involving significant, and sometimes even violent, energy release and thermal runaway. This tutorial provides a framework for a better understanding of how these safety events occur, how lithium-ion batteries respond to various stresses/abuses, how various stresses can lead to thermal runaway, and why differing stresses produce challenges to assessment of safety characteristics of Li-ion cells. For major types of stress/abuse, a flow chart identifying key process steps and characteristics of cell response helps provide important insights regarding similarities and important differences of various types of safety-related failures. A systematic understanding of similarities and differences of most types of stresses helps provide important perspective regarding management of Li-ion battery safety, as well as appropriate safety testing.
Instructor: Brian Barnett, PhD, President, Battery Perspectives LLC

14:00 - 16:00

TUT3: Li-Ion Cell Design and Manufacturing: Processes, Equipment and Quality Control

The rising demand for Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications makes battery power an absolute necessity. However, reports about lithium-ion batteries exploding and catching fire continue to draw the public’s attention. How do you balance the need for power, size, cost, and time-to-market, while still avoiding being the lead story on the evening news? Is it enough to qualify a cell manufacturer according to industry standards? The answer is that the majority of compliance-based testing is related to abuse tolerance. However, the vast majority of field failures do not occur under abuse scenarios, but happen under normal operating conditions due to manufacturing flaws or design and system tolerance issues that cause internal shorts. Internal shorts are unfortunately not mitigated by safety electronics.
Instructor: Vidyu Challa, PhD, Consulting Manager, Ansys-DfR Solutions

16:30 - 18:30

TUT4: In-Depth Analysis of the Chinese xEV Battery Industry – From Applications to Upstream Materials

As the world’s biggest EDV market, Chinese xEV industry has become the most important pioneering target. However, specially planned economy, localized regulations, and multiple business models exist and make the international companies’ decision-making more difficult. Therefore, this tutorial will try to provide a whole picture of the Chinese EDV battery market including policies & regulation, future forecasts, competitive analysis, battery technology strategies, upstream supply chain, and positioning for foreign enterprises.
Instructor: Mark Lu, PhD, Certified Senior Industrial Analyst, Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center (IEK), Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)


Concurrent Dinner Tutorials | 18:30 - 20:45

TUT5: Improving the Energy Density of Batteries with Silicon-Based Anodes

This tutorial gives an overview on the benefits and challenges of using silicon-based anodes to improve the energy density of lithium-ion batteries. Topics will include: 1) the key challenges in the use of silicon-based anodes, as well as progress in implementation of silicon and what we can expect in the future; 2) the latest improvements in other battery components required to maximize the benefit of silicon-based anodes.
Instructor: Dee Strand, PhD, CSO, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

TUT6: Lithium-Ion Battery Raw Materials Markets: Supply and Demand Outlook and Pricing Evolution

This tutorial analyzes how the lithium, cobalt, and nickel supply chains need to develop to keep up with the rapid growth in demand for lithium-ion batteries for use in electric vehicles (EV) and energy storage systems (ESS). The market is already growing at a rapid rate, and that is before EVs and ESSs have become mainstream. As they become mainstream, the upstream supply chain will struggle to keep up with year-after-year of extremely high-demand growth. What is more, as the lithium and cobalt markets grow from relatively small niche markets to mainstream markets that multinational industries rely on to feed the electrification era, the supply chain is going to need the benefit of a global pricing system that will facilitate investment in new supply and the flow of battery raw materials through the supply chain. Fastmarkets’ experience in price reporting and long history of working with futures exchanges will provide insight into how this is likely to unfold.
Instructor: William Adams, Head of Battery Research, Fastmarkets Research

*Separate registration required for Tutorials