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April 29-30, 2014 • San Diego, CA  USA 
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Recent breakthroughs in new battery chemistries and energy storage system integration, novel materials discovery and comprehensive business solutions for a vast array of mobile, portable and backup energy applications, from micro medical devices to high-energy/high-power automotive, have paved the roadmap for an emerging market with unlimited potential.

This multi-track event will guide you from technology innovation and materials discovery through device packaging and integration to manufacturing and application in a mobile power marketplace by exploring the emerging issues underlining this pivotal time in the energy conversion and storage industry.

The following aspects will be addressed and discussed in the framework of each track of the conference

·         Fundamental research and innovation
·         Product and business development
·         Field testing and clinical trials
·         Financing, mergers and acquisitions
·         Intellectual property and licensing
·         Industrial products and manufacturing
·         Process automation
·         Marketing and commercialization
·         Distribution and operations
·         Regulatory issues and standardization

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 
 

8:00  Registration, Exhibit Viewing/Poster Setup, Coffee and Pastries 

 

8:50 Organizer’s Welcome and Opening Remarks 

 

9:00  What We’ve Learned from Testing >250,000 Cells: New Cell Evaluation Methods and Data Mining Techniques Derived from High Throughput Screening 

Steven Kaye, PhD, CSO, Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Inc. 

Wildcat Discovery Technologies uses a proprietary high throughput synthesis and screening platform for battery materials. Wildcat’s system produces materials in bulk form, enabling evaluation of its properties in a standard cell configuration. This allows simultaneous optimization of all aspects of the cell, including the active materials, binders, separator, electrolyte and additives. Over the past 3 years, we have screened over 250,000 cells, developing new cathodes, anodes, and electrolytes for a variety of battery types (primary, secondary, aqueous, non-aqueous). In this talk, I will discuss what we’ve learned from this work. Specifically, new analysis methods to extract more information from each cell, which performance metrics are most predictive of long term cycle life and other failure modes, and sensitivity of performance metrics to changes in cell components. I will also discuss new high throughput cell evaluation methods in use at Wildcat, including high precision coulometery and in-situ gas evolution measurement.

 

9:30  One-Dimensional Tin Nanostructures for Lithium-Ion Batteries 

M. Grant Norton, PhD, Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University 

Tin is an attractive anode for next generation lithium-ion batteries. The large volume change during cycling can be accommodated when the material is in the form of a 1-D nanostructure. Tin nanostructures are grown by electrodeposition and using electron microscopy we have determined the growth mechanism. This information has been used to control their formation on a range of substrates. In this presentation, we will also describe the results of in-situ lithiation/delithiation studies using a specially designed TEM holder and results obtained by combining the tin nanostructures with a flexible polymer electrolyte as a step toward a fully flexible battery.

 

10:00  Solid State Li-Ion Batteries 

Hélène Rouault, PhD, R&D Project Manager in Advanced Batteries, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France; and 

Julio Abusleme, PhD, R&D Project Manager, Solay S.A., Belgium 

The next generation of portable electronic devices which could revolutionize the smart communication access and control in very large domain of applications are requested to be unbreakable and bendable. Consequently, the components of such products as the display, the electronic circuit board and also the embedded power source have to offer flexible and resistant structure. CEA and Solvay jointly have so engaged a large program of development on innovative bendable lithium-ion batteries, using monolithic gelled structure from specific PVdF based inks, making them conformable and flexible.

 

10:30  Networking Refreshment Break, Exhibit/Poster Viewing 

 

11:00  Thermal Plasma CVD: An Economic Technology for Silicon Anodes 

Roel C.M. Bosch, Manager Innovations, Roth and Rau B.V., The Netherlands* 

For over a decade Roth & Rau is manufacturing thermal plasma coating systems for ultrafast deposition of silicon based materials. We have currently several collaborations running on the development of silicon anodes with very good results on capacity and cycle life. Key aspect is that thermal plasma technology allows for high deposition rates of amorphous silicon (>1mu / min) and for very controlled growth in terms of density/porosity and the ability to follow complex 3D morphologies such as nanowires, CNT’s and carbon fabrics. *In collaboration with: P. Kudlacek, W. Boonen, B. v. Gerwen, and D.M. Borsa

 

11:30  New High Capacity Embedded Silicon-Graphene Composite Lithium ion Battery Anode Material 

Junbing Yang, PhD, CTO, California Lithium Battery, Inc. 

If significant improvements in electric vehicle (EV) lithium ion battery (LIB) specific energy (Wh/kg) or energy density (Wh/L) is to be achieved in a timely and cost effective manner, there must be a shift from graphite-based anodes to new, high specific capacity anode materials such as the new uniformly embedded and uniquely stable silicon-graphene composite anode material developed and produced by California Lithium Battery Inc.

 

12:00  Development and Characterization of a Multilayer Ceramic Battery (MLCB®) 

Mark Wesselmann, President, Polymer Innovations, Inc. 

The preliminary technology has been developed and prototypes made of a rechargeable, true solid state, non-flammable, lithium ion, Multilayer Ceramic Battery (MLCB®). This unique battery utilizes a Li ion conducting ceramic solid electrolyte and cell structure produced using tape casting processes, and shows promise to be transformational in terms of cell structure, high temperature use, zero volt capability, charging voltage conditions and safety.

 

12:30  Luncheon Sponsored by the Knowledge Foundation 

 

2:00  Reversible Overcharge Protection for Safer and Lasting Rechargeable Lithium Batteries 

Guoying Chen, PhD, Research Scientist, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

With the growing demand of EV and grid storage, the existing $11B Li-ion battery market worldwide is expected to exceed $43B by 2020. Lithium cells are known to suffer from safety and lifetime issues upon abuse, particularly overcharge/overdischarge following which energetic venting, ignition, and even explosion can occur. Current protection methods of using electronic controls add significant weight and volume to the pack. The use of internal shutdown mechanisms reduces the usable capacity and adds to the burden of the remaining cells in parallel circuits. A novel approach was developed at LBNL where electroactive polymers capable of forming a voltage-regulated, reversible resistive shunt between the current collectors were introduced to prevent cells from overcharge damage. Recent progress, including the development of electroactive polymers that provide protection for high-energy cells intended for vehicular applications and novel electroactive-fiber membranes that drastically reduce the cost and improve the stability of overcharge protection, will be presented.

 

2:30  Safety Standardization for Wireless EV Charging Systems 

Joseph Bablo, Primary Designated Engineer, Underwriters Laboratories 

As wireless charging innovation has gained momentum, so too has the development of safety standards that begin to address fire and shock hazards, as well as functional safety and interoperability. This presentation will discuss some of the key safety considerations with respect to wireless charging, as well as a unique collaboration between UL, SAE and IEC to promote safer wireless connections between electric vehicles and the electric grid.

 

3:00  Integration and Safety in Commercial Energy Storage Applications 

Brent Perry, CEO, Corvus Energy Ltd., Canada 

I will be discussing the best way to approach the integration of energy storage technologies into commercial industrial applications from selection of best technologies, integration concerns and issues and the ongoing relationship with partners and customers. I will use case studies of our installations with several verticals to highlight the opportunities and the issues that are necessary to be successful.

 

3:30  Networking Refreshment Break, Exhibit/Poster Viewing 

 

4:00  ENERGY STAR and CEC Requirements for Battery Chargers 

Rich Byczek, Global Technical Lead, Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage, Intertek 

Meeting ENERGY STAR and California Energy Commission (CEC) requirements is key for market success. Product testing ensures electrical systems and components are compliant with international safety and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements, including pre-compliance and test plan development services. During this presentation, we will discuss the requirements and testing needed for small and industrial battery chargers, focusing on the requirements for ENERGY STAR and California Energy Commission (CEC).

 

4:30  Increasing Scrutiny and Regulation of Small Lithium Batteries 

Jim Powell, President, Transportation Development Group LLC 

In 2014, stricter shipping regulations take effect for small lithium batteries that may now be considered “Dangerous Goods” requiring a hazard label and shipper’s certification. This is a lot of work and expense to ship a few AA lithium cells or other batteries. New rules for ground transport have raised the penalty for an undeclared lithium battery shipment to $20,000 and $40,000 per violation for ground and air transport respectively.

 

5:00  Exhibitor/Sponsor Showcase Presentations - I 

 

5:45 End of Day One 

 

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 

 

8:00  Exhibit/Poster Viewing, Coffee and Pastries 

 

9:00  Analytical Investigation of the Failure Mechanisms of Lithium-Sulfur Cells 

Holger Schneider, PhD, BASF Corporation* 

Lithium-sulfur batteries are attractive candidates for post-Li-ion battery systems, offering both superior theoretical capacities and thus high energy densities. However, their practical application is hampered by several severe challenges. We were able to show that the cell performance is strongly influenced by both the amount of electrolyte and the sulfur active material. Moreover, we performed extensive analytical investigations on the decomposition products and gases formed upon cycling the cells. Our findings are discussed in detail in this presentation. *In collaboration with: K.Leitner, H.Sommer, J.Kulisch, T.Weissa, M.Safonta, BASF and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

 

9:30  High Temperature Li-Ion Batteries Through Thermally Stable Separators 

Brian Morin, COO, Dreamweaver International, Inc. 

With recent fires in batteries for the Boeing Dreamliner and Tesla S, thermal stability in lithium ion batteries is of primary concern. In this talk, we present batteries made using a separator that is stable up to 300 C, and also stable through significant fire events, and show the additional safety that can be achieved in batteries using these separators.

 

10:00  Modular Electrolyte Additives: Decoupling Uniform Deposition and Stability 

Steven Kaye, PhD, CSO, Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Inc. 

The stability and cycle life of lithium-ion batteries are limited by unfavorable reaction between the electrodes and electrolyte. To reduce this problem, electrolyte additives are used to passivate the cathode and/or anode with a protective coating. To function effectively, such additives must both deposit uniformly on the electrode surface and form an electrochemically inert coating. These dual constraints severely limit the set of viable additives. Wildcat Discovery Technologies has developed a new, modular additive concept in which additives are bound to a molecular core that enables uniform deposition on the electrode surface. Attachment of conventional additives to the core molecules provides improved SEI stability, increasing coulombic efficiency, cycle life, and thermal stability. Furthermore, by decoupling the requirements for uniform coating and chemical stability, new classes of additives can be used. In this talk, I will discuss the development of these modular additives as well as their performance with both commercial and future cell chemistries.

 

10:30  Networking Refreshment Break, Exhibit/Poster Viewing 

 

11:00  Battery Aging: Using Modeling to Predict Battery Life 

Tom O’Hara, Global Business Manager, Advisory Services for Energy Storage, Intertek 

Battery modeling and simulation helps manufacturers analyze operating conditions and design parameters for batteries and other electrochemical systems and processes to understand how they affect battery life and performance. In this presentation we will discuss the benefits of modeling and simulation of lithium-ion batteries. He’ll also explain how test results provide data to predict battery life, analyze implications of operating conditions and design parameters, and understand battery limitations.

 

 

11:30  Prototype Pre-Heat System for Electric Vehicles 

David Baglee, PhD, Dept of Computing, Engineering and Technology, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom 

The performance of electric vehicles depends strongly on the performance of its battery pack, which can be influenced by extreme cold temperatures such as those found in Northern Europe. A battery pack performance is reduced as temperatures often reach - 30. Batteries may suffer from slow start, reduced range and slow rate of charge. A solution is to pre-heat the internal core, a module or pack cell. In order to pre-heat and regulate thermal instabilities it is necessary to simulate winter conditions. Sunderland University are developing a thermal management system to characterize the effect of low temperature on battery performance and pre-heat the batteries to ensure capacity, power, charge and safety are not compromised.

 

 

12:00  High Performance Direct Carbon Fuel Cell by Using Pyrolyzed Carbon from Biomass and Waste Sources 

Wenbin Hao, Dept of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong 

The promise of direct carbon fuel cell arises not only from diversity of available fuels and high operating efficiency, but also a solid infrastructure for scale-up, including transportation, storage, and processing of fuels. In our work, three kinds of carbon fuels from carbon black (CB), bamboo fiber (BC) and waste paper (WPC) are investigated as the anode fuels in the intermediate temperature direct carbon fuel cell (DCFC). The surface compositions of the prepared carbons are carried out by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The experimental results indicate that the carbon from new carbonaceous waste paper shows more elemental rich in Al, Ca and Mg than the other two carbons. The prepared carbons are tested in anode support type DCFC by using samaria doped ceria (SDC) as the electrolyte at 650˚C. The cell performance with the carbon generated from waste paper yielded a peak power density of as high as 225mW/cm2, which is about 2 times higher than that with carbon black. *In collaboration with: Xiaojin He, Yongli Mi

 

12:30  Lunch on Your Own 

 

2:00  Lithium-Ion Batteries in Low Speed Electric Vehicles: A Case Study 

Sam Lev, CEO, Lithium Boost Technologies Inc. 

We will present case studies to illustrate the business advantages of using lithium-ion batteries in low speed electric vehicles/neighborhood vehicles. The speaker will demonstrate actual customers experience using advanced lithium-ion technology to archive superior performance at competitive cost. The presentation will include a technical description as well as describe the value proposition of this emerging technologies and how it can revolutionize the industry.

 

2:30  The Economic Case for Choosing an Electric Vehicle 

Mike Sanislo, PE, President, High Energy Consulting, Inc. 

Everyone wants to be green. Except when it costs money. What is the economic case for purchasing an electric vehicle? It depends on the benefit set relative to the best competing alternatives. The speaker will show the economic value for current electric vehicle offerings relative to what else can be purchased in the market. Early adopters are not necessarily driven by economics---the large markets are dependent, in part, on a compelling value proposition---one that says that an electric vehicle costs less than competing alternatives. The speaker will show the math as it exists with current commercial options and where the industry needs to go for the market to become large.

 

3:00  Enabling Energy Mobility via the Cloud 

Nick Reva, Manager, PwC 

The advent of powerful computing services via the cloud has started to transform how society interacts with technology. As next-generation batteries make their way into vehicles and new infrastructure is rolled-out, demand for real-time management & monitoring systems will increase. Cloud Computing can play a big role in development of smart grids, real-time connectivity, charging infrastructure, management and monitoring systems. This talk will provide a primer on Cloud Computing services, why they matter and what they can do for the energy industry.

 

3:30  Exhibitors and Sponsors Showcase Presentations - II/ Selected Oral Poster Highlights 

 

4:15 Concluding Remarks, End of Conference 

 
 

A Limited number of speaking slots remains open, if you have suggestions regarding (1) Proposed scope, and/or (2) Potential speakers you’d like to have invited and hear from, do not hesitate to let us know (include contact info for the person you want to be invited to give a talk - Email/Tel). 

For potential speakers interested in presenting their latest achievements in this field of R&D, opportunities to speak are available. If you or a colleague are interested in participating as a speaker, we would like to encourage industry, government and academic experts to look into the proposed scope of the meeting and submit a talk proposal for the Program Committee’s consideration (please see below the simple guidelines for mini-abstract submission). 
Submission Guidelines 

In order to put together the Agenda and publish the conference brochure we need to receive via E-mail: 

• Title of your presentation 
• Brief description (mini-abstract) - about 80 words long 
• Speaker’s title, affiliation and contact info
 
E-mail your materials to: 
Energy Mobility Conference & Exhibition 2014
c/o Knowledge Foundation 
(617) 232-7400 ext. 211 
SUBMIT@KnowledgeFoundation.com 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This multi-track summit will bring together innovators from leading academic, industry, business, and government organizations to discuss and exchange ideas, concepts, and experimental results within the following conference tracks. 
 
NEXT GENERATION BATTERIES 
•    Next generation electrodes and electrolytes
•    Lithium vs. non-lithium: how much power and energy is enough?
•    Smart battery technologies
•    Halogen-free / Ionic-liquid, liquid and polymer electrolytes
•    Aqueous and non-aqueous electrolytes
•    New chemistries & materials to increase energy/power & decrease cost
•    Novel materials for battery architectures: graphene & silicon, sodium and magnesium, zinc, 
     manganese & vanadium
•    New flow batteries, thin film batteries, paper batteries
•    Highly flexible printed batteries

ADVANCED LI-ION BATTERIES
•     Novel Li-based chemistries
•    Novel electrode technologies to improve system performance
•     Advances in spinel, phosphor-olivine, and layered oxide based technologies
•    Cathode and anode materials for high power applications
•    Lithium air / lithium oxygen

HYBRID RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS
•     Super-, ultra, and pseudocapacitors in hybrid battery devices
•     From materials and components to systems design and integration
 
 
In its 15th year this One-Day Special Symposium in Small Fuel Cells meeting series is the primary source of information for end-users, developers and manufacturers of hybrid fuel cell/battery devices across fuel types, system architectures, and power ranges. With an impressive lineup of speakers this year's event presents the change in paradigm in the approach to fuel cells development and application and is not to be missed. Program topics will include:

    • Fuel cell paradigm change – emphasis on hybrid fuel cell/battery systems
    • Hybrid fuel cells batteries by design – application driven development
    • Micro fuel cells hybrid / battery devices for mobile electronics and handheld electronics
    • Advances in automotive hybrid fuel cells / battery systems development and aplication
    • System integration & balance of plant engineering
    • End-user and OEM perspective on manufacturing & applications
    • How much is enough of battery control in fuel cell hybrid system?
    • Hybridization of PEM, SOFC, alkaline, direct, borohydride & DMFC
    • Advances in fuel development
    • Materials challenges and use of materials-by-design approach
    • Role of nanotechnology & nanomaterials
    • Safety, durability & reliability
 
  
 
 
 
 
AUTOMOTIVE
•    Meeting the EV challenge: cycle life, power & energy, cost and safety
•    Electric and hybrid vehicles: pros and cons of ‘plugging in’
•    Battery charging technology and infrastructure
•    Conductive vs. inductive charging infrastructure

MOBILE / PORTABLE
•    High energy density in small volume

BACK-UP POWER

SMALL-TO-MEDIUM SCALE COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS

MILITARY MOBILE POWER

OTHER APPLICATIONS
•    Role of nanomaterials in revolutionizing energy technology innovations
•    Challenge of miniaturization
•    Advanced engineering and integration of new materials architectures
•    Nanocomposites and nanowires for photovoltaic and photonic applications
•    Multifunctional nanomaterials for energy technology
•    Hydrogen – pros and cons
•    Biofuels
•    Biomass, wind and natural gas
 
 
 
•    Advanced technology for greater safety, reliability and performance
•    Safety issues of Li-batteries in mobile applications
•    Commercial cells evaluation and failure analysis
•    Abuse testing / extreme conditions
•    Non-destructive testing / life cycle testing
 
 
•    Industrial & economics overview
•    Renewable energy, transport and distribution and smart charging
•    Standardization and interoperability
•    Market, business and public policies
•    Connected energy mobility

 
 
 
 
 
Industry, government and academic scientists are encouraged to submit poster titles for this event. One-page abstracts (8 1/2" x 11" with 1-inch margins) must be submitted via e-mail: SUBMIT@knowledgefoundation.com no later than March 8, 2014 for inclusion in conference documentation. Additional poster submissions will be accepted until March 25, 2014 but may not be included in conference documentation.

DIMENSIONS of the poster boards are: 
4 feet wide by 3 feet high 
(although posterboards could be placed vertically as well and then the dimentsions obviously would be 3' w x 4' h, or 90 x 120cm accordingly). 

Note: If you're submitting a poster, you MUST be registered and paid registration fee plus posterboard reservation fee in advance to ensure that a posterboard is reserved for you. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Registration fee includes access to the Conference, refreshments, access to posters and exhibit, and all documentation made available to us by speakers. 

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* On-site registration - add US $100 to below amounts 

Commercial Registration: 
 
 
2 DAY ALL ACCESS (April 28-29, 2014): 
Non-member: US $1099.00 
Member: US $934.15  
 
3 DAY ALL ACCESS (April 28-30, 2014): 
Non-member: US $1399.00 
 
Member: US $1189.15
 

Academic/Government Registration*:  

2 DAY ALL ACCESS (April 28-29, 2014): 
Non-member: US $799.00 
Member: US $679.15  
 
3 DAY ALL ACCESS (April 28-30, 2014): 
Non-member: US $999.00 
 
Member: US $849.15
 
 
Poster Space Reservation fee: 
US $79 (you must be registered for the Conference) 
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*The academic/government rate is extended to all participants registering as full time employees of government and universities. To receive the academic/government rate you must not be affiliated with any private organizations either as consultants or owners or part owners of businesses. 
 
 

Payment: All payments must be made in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank. Please make check(s) payable to The Knowledge Foundation and attach to the registration form even if you have registered by phone, fax or e-mail. To guarantee your registration, payment must be received prior to the conference. Confirmation of your booking will follow. 

Discount Accommodations and Travel: 
A block of rooms has been allocated at a special reduced rate. Please make your reservations by October 21, 2013 to obtain this rate. When making reservations, please refer to The Knowledge Foundation. Contact The Knowledge Foundation if you require assistance. 

Conference Venue:
Hilton San Diego Resort 
1775 East Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA  92109 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Substitutions/Cancellations:
 
A substitute member of your company may replace your attendance at any time at no charge if you find your schedule prevents you from attending. Please notify us immediately so that materials can be prepared. If you do not wish to substitute your registration, we regret that your cancellation will be subject to a $100 processing fee. To receive a prompt refund, we must receive your cancellation in writing 30 days prior to the conference. Unfortunately cancellations cannot be accepted after that date. In the event that The Knowledge Foundation cancels an event, The Knowledge Foundation cannot resume responsibility for any travel-related costs.