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Advanced Automotive Battery Conference
February 6 - 10, 2012 - Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Advanced Automotive Battery Conference, AABC 2012 - Overview

Networking events, including receptions in the Exhibit Hall, provided a global marketing venue for AABC exhibitors and attendees. Professor Jeff Dahn explained the great value of accurate coulometric measurements for rapid estimation of capacity fade. This new technique enables rapid estimation of battery life. Ted Miller gave an insightful analysis of vehicle electrification efforts, including Ford's efforts to characterize abuse performance. Shoichi Matusmoto gave a frank discussion of AESC's production capabilities and the need to reduce battery costs in the future. Sujeet Kumar of Envia Systems explored the development of radically new active materials for lithium ion batteries. Robert Shoemaker of Texas Instruments presented the pros/cons of electronics used in battery management systems. Andre Radon presented a compelling argument for 48 V mild hybrids as a cost-effective solution offering consumer benefits and addressing regulatory requirements for fuel economy. Daniel Sperling of UC-Davis explained California's policies affecting electric vehicles. Michael Keller explained VW's modular architecture for high-voltage batteries that should lead to lower costs over time. Judith Jeevarajan, from NASA-JSC, discussed the validation of battery safety for space missions. Menahem Anderman discussed the market trends for electrified vehicles, which he predicts will reach about $6 billion by 2015.

AAB extends a warm thank you to all AABC 2012 attendees! 750 participants representing 415 companies explored advances in battery technology and market development at the 12th international Advanced Automotive Batteries Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The AABC 2012 program covered hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and battery electric vehicles, including commercial vehicle applications, as well as other applications for large lithium-ion batteries such as aerospace and utility. Technical aspects of vehicle designs and battery systems, especially various cell chemistries were discussed in depth, as well as market size and growth projections, and regulatory requirements. There was some emphasis on plug-in hybrid vehicles as many new products are being offered for this market. The major challenges and opportunities facing widespread adoption of electrified vehicles were frankly discussed.

Networking events, which included 88 exhibitors, provided a lively environment for discussion and business opportunities outside the conference sessions. Florida offered mild weather and many attendees stepped into the sunshine to view the several cars on display. and dined outdoors for lunches and the annual AABC Dinner.