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LIB Technology Symposium
Large Lithium Ion Battery Technology & Application (LLIBTA)
Monday, June 15 to Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Engineering Track

Advanced Automotive Battery Conferences

AABC 2015 – LIB Technology Symposium - Engineering Track

Joint session with Chemistry Track session 1A
Session 1A:

Government-Sponsored Battery R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy is spending well over $100 million per year on battery R&D with the aim to develop the battery systems of the future, which will have higher performance and longer life and a lower price tag than the current systems. In this unique session, battery R&D program managers from some of the leading national labs will discuss their organizations’ activities in this domain. Following these presentations, a series of 8-minute talks will be offered by poster presenters—both from national labs and other battery research centers—whose posters will be on display during the poster session that will close the day’s technical program.


Dave Howell
Session Chairman:
Dave Howell, Program Manager for Hybrid Electric Systems R&D Vehicle Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy


Mr. Dave Howell is the Program Manager for Hybrid Electric Systems R&D for the Vehicle Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters in Washington DC. He is responsible for managing the Department’s R&D portfolio of projects related to electric drive vehicle batteries, drive components, and vehicle systems analysis and testing. He is also the Department’s Technology Development Manager for the Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Manufacturing Initiative grants awarded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and serves as the Department’s representative to the United States Advanced Battery Consortium Management Committee. Mr. Howell has over 28 years of experience planning and successfully executing complex, multi-disciplined research & development activities that include hybrid and electric vehicle R&D, advanced battery research and manufacturing, advanced structural materials research and processing, and advanced lubricants & precision mechanisms.


Joint session with Chemistry Track session 1B
Session 1B:

"Posters + 8" Presentations


Venkat Srinivasan
Session Chairman:
Venkat Srinivasan, Deputy Director- Joint Center for Energy Storage Research and Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


Dr. Venkat Srinivasan is Head of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He also serves as the Acting Director of the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program and Deputy Director of the recently announced Energy Storage Hub, titled Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). Dr. Srinivasan's research interest is in developing the next-generation batteries for use in vehicle and grid applications. At present, he has projects focused on studying the degradation and performance limitations in advanced lithium-ion cathode and anode materials and on developing high power, low-cost flow batteries for use in stationary energy-storage applications. Dr. Srinivasan received his PhD from the University of South Carolina in Chemical Engineering in 2000. His thesis topic included various aspects in electrochemical capacitors and the nickel hydroxide electrode.


Session 2:

Lithium-Ion Cell Engineering

Cell design, including the choice of non-active components, such as, for example, the current collection matrix, binders, and cell packaging, make a considerable impact on battery reliability. These issues will be discussed by component suppliers and cell designers.


Bob Spotnitz
Session Chairman:
Bob Spotnitz, President, Battery Design LLC


Dr. Spotnitz is a leading developer of mathematical models that simulate battery operation. Dr. Spotnitz, who previously held several senior technical positions in materials and battery development, founded Battery Design in 1999 to provide consulting and develop custom software for battery developers and users. He is a well-known speaker on various aspects of battery engineering.


Session 3A:

Battery Pack Thermal Design

Energy-storage pack design and integration present thermal engineering challenges almost independent of cell chemistry. In this session, thermal components and system developers and suppliers will discuss advances in battery pack thermal design.


Oliver Gross
Session Chairman:
Oliver Gross, Technical Fellow – Energy Storage Systems, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles


Oliver is a Walter P. Chrysler Technical Fellow, for Energy Storage Systems, at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, where he is responsible for the Battery systems technology roadmap and architecture for FCA. He is a member of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium Technical Advisory Committee, and chairs the committees on 12V Stop Start and 48V Mild Hybrid batteries. He is also Chairman for the Society for Automotive Engineers’ Work Group on Capacitive Energy Storage Systems. He holds both a BS and a Master’s Degree in Materials Science, for the University of Toronto. Oliver has 20 years’ experience in the advanced energy storage industry. Prior to Chrysler Oliver was at Cobasys, where he was responsible for all Nickel Metal-Hydride cell and module development, as well as the development of their lithium-ion battery portfolio. Before Cobasys, Oliver was at Valence Technology, where he was responsible for lithium-ion cell design and development, which included extended-term deployments to Northern Ireland, South Korea, and China. Before Valence, Oliver was at Ultralife, developing lithium primary and secondary cells for extreme environment applications. He currently holds over 10 patents, and more than 20 publications.


Session 3B:

Battery Pack Electrical Design

Considering the high-voltage, long life, and high-reliability requirements of the automotive and stationary applications on the one hand, and the volatility of the Li-Ion chemistry on the other, current battery packs include multiple electrical and mechanical components to ensure system reliability. In this session, pack designers and electrical/electronic component suppliers will discuss the new developments that aim to simplify system design and reduce cost while ensuring system reliability.


Uwe Wiedemann
Session Chairman:
Uwe Wiedemann, Senior Product Manager, AVL List GmbH


Uwe Wiedemann studied Mechatronics at the University of Aalen, Germany and the University of Teesside, GB. He received a PhD degree from the University of Ulm for the investigation of NiMH ageing mechanism in HEVs. From 2003 onwards he was involved in battery management system software development and other development tasks around electrochemical energy storage systems. After working in research and development departments at Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH, he joined AVL List’s Global Battery Competence Team in 2009. His current position is Senior Product Manager.


Session 4A:

Battery Design and Simulation

Tight battery management in the applications is key to securing long life and safe operation. In this session we will review reliability requirements and the use of simulation tools to aid the design and validate reliability and safety.


Bob Taenaka
Session Chairman:
Bob Taenaka, Technical Leader, Advanced Battery Systems Electrified Powertrain Engineering, North American Product Development, Ford Motor Company


Bob Taenaka is a technical leader in Advanced Battery Systems at Ford Motor Company, responsible for battery cell selection/validation in support of Ford's present and near-term future production hybrid and electric vehicles. Bob's team also carries out battery system sizing, performance, and life modeling/validation activities. In this role, Bob is also responsible for technical oversight of battery cell suppliers, helping to bring their cell design and manufacturing quality processes to automotive standards. Prior to joining Ford in 2001, Mr. Taenaka spent 18 years with Hughes Space & Communications, serving as battery engineer for the Galileo Probe mission to Jupiter; principal investigator or program manager for several nickel-hydrogen and sodium-sulfur battery development efforts, and had responsibility for in-orbit support on battery usage for satellite customers and ground stations.


Session 4B:

Life Test and Simulation

In this session, we will discuss Li-Ion battery life requirements in advanced automotive and key stationary / specialty industrial applications, and will review fading mechanisms, life prediction models, and life validation.


Mark Verbrugge
Session Chairman:
Mark Verbrugge, Director, Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory, General Motors


Mark Verbrugge is the Director of GM’s Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory, which maintains global research programs—enabled by the disciplines of chemistry, physics, and materials science—and targets the advanced development of structural subsystems, energy storage and conversion devices, and various technologies associated with fuels, lubricants, and emissions.
Mark is a Board Member of the United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC and the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC. Mark has received a number of GM internal awards as well as external awards including the Norman Hackerman Young Author Award and the Energy Technology Award from the Electrochemical Society, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Council for Automotive Research. Mark is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.