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Automotive Symposium
Advanced Automotive Battery Technology, Application & Market (AABTAM)
Wednesday, June 17 to Friday, June 19, 2015

Advanced Automotive Battery Conferences

AABC 2015 – Automotive Symposium

Joint session with industrial/stationary symposium session 1
Session 1:

xEV and Advanced Industrial/Stationary Battery Market

The automotive and stationary/industrial markets present great opportunities for advanced high-energy batteries. Battery requirements vary with the applications, offering opportunities for multiple technologies. In this session we will discuss the development of the hybrid and electric vehicle and battery market, the stationary, utility, and telecom-related energy-storage systems market, and the prospects of advanced batteries in the traditional industrial battery market while assessing market drivers, competing technologies, and technological and commercial challenges.


Menahem Anderman
Session Chairman:
Menahem Anderman, President, Advanced Automotive Batteries


President of Advanced Automotive Batteries and founder of Total Battery Consulting, Inc., Dr. Anderman has led the development and commercialization of high-power Ni-Cd batteries, Li-Ion batteries, and ultracapacitors and spent the last ten years conducting assessments of energy-storage technologies for advanced vehicles, publishing Advanced Automotive Battery Industry Reports and chairing the AABC.


Session 2:

Batteries for Low- and High-Voltage Hybrids

The large variability in energy-storage requirements for the wide spectrum of hybrid-vehicle architectures creates opportunities for multiple cell chemistries and system designs. In this session, automakers will present vehicle development and energy-storage requirements for micro, mild, and strong hybrid vehicles, and energy-storage developers will present the latest achievements in meeting the requirements of the various hybrid architectures.


Frank Moebius
Session Chairman:
Frank Moebius, Head of R&D High Voltage Battery, BMW Group


Dr. Moebius studied mechanical engineering at the Stuttgart University, Germany. In 1990 he started his professional life as a Project Engineer in the technical section of Lufthansa German Airlines in Frankfurt. From 1992 until 1996 he conferred a doctorate at the chair of production automation at the Kaiserslautern University. In 1996 Dr. Moebius entered the BMW Group in Munich where he first was employed in the experimental vehicles department. After a 4 years side step into the HR division he started as a department manager the BMW pre-development activities of the inhouse-production of e-drive components. Between 2004 and 2013 he was responsible for manufacturing development and the prototype shop of high-voltage batteries and  traction e-motors. Since April 2014 Dr. Moebius is head of BMW R&D high-voltage battery department.


Session 3:

PHEV & EV Battery Technology

Lithium Ion is the predominant battery technology to power the emerging plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. Cell chemistry and mechanical design vary among developers as they try to balance safety, durability, performance, and cost to improve the value proposition of the technology. In this session, EV/PHEV vehicle and battery developers will discuss the chosen battery designs and present performance data.


Bill Wallace
Session Chairman:
William Wallace, Director, Global Battery Systems, General Motors Co.


Director of General Motor’s Global Battery Systems, Mr. William Wallace is responsible for all GM Li-Ion battery and EVSE product development, validation and integration as well as GM’s global battery labs. He has over 25 years of product development experience in the aerospace and automotive industries in both North America and Europe. He also serves as a board member of the General Motors / University of Michigan Advanced Battery Coalition for Drivetrains, which is a joint research program focused on spanning the gap between battery material synthesis and vehicle controls integration.


Joint session with industrial/stationary symposium session 4
Session 4:

Battery Abuse-Tolerance Design and Validation

Safety of the early large Li-Ion battery installations will have the greatest impact on market acceptance for the technology in automotive and industrial/stationary applications. In this session we will discuss safety enhancement technology and abuse tolerance validation in automotive and stationary/industrial usage.


Ted Miller
Session Chairman:
Ted Miller, Senior Manager of Energy Storage Strategy and Research, Ford


Ted Miller’s team is responsible for energy-storage strategy, research, development, and worldwide implementation of hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles, and battery electric vehicles. Mr. Miller is a member and Chairman of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) Management Committee and past Chairman of the USABC Technical Advisory Committee. He is the principle investigator for Ford/University Research Alliance energy storage research programs at MIT and the University of Michigan.


Joint session with industrial/stationary symposium session 5
Session 5:

Battery-Charging Grid Integration and Logistics

In this session, EV ESS and infrastructure developers and related stakeholders will discuss plans to address the technological and commercial challenges associated with vehicle electrification and large energy-storage -system implementation, including: charging technology, grid integration, transportation, maintenance, recycling, and the environmental impact.


Bradley Smith
Session Chairman:
Bradley Smith, Director, Nissan North America / US4R


As General Manager of US4R/Nissan, Mr. Smith leads the business development effort utilizing used Nissan EV batteries in non-automotive (stationary) systems, so called “second life” applications. Since 2012, Brad and his team have worked closely with Japan-based 4R Energy Corporation, a joint venture between Nissan and Sumitomo, in business development for new batteries from Nissan’s Smyrna, TN battery manufacturing facility. During 2013, Brad also served as Overseas Program Director, for the Nissan North America LEAF Program. Previous to joining Nissan Brad was Director of Business Development at eVgo, working with global automakers, and others in the EV infrastructure industry. During 25 years at Shell Oil Company, Brad served 10 years as Global Asset Development and Operations Manager in Shell Hydrogen. Brad received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Mr. Smith earned a Professional Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.