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Dinner Workshops*

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 | 5:30-8:30 PM

W1: Energy Storage Innovation: Technologies and Markets for the Future of Power



Chris Robinson, Research Analyst, Lux Research

This workshop focuses on the differentiated, innovative energy storage technologies that will drive growth for the future of power. It begins with today’s shifts in advanced Li-ion cathodes, anodes, and other key recent developments. It then details the likely roadmap for next-generation batteries, including solid-state and lithium-sulfur energy storage, covering advantages, key obstacles to overcome, and best-positioned developers. On the applications side, we take a detailed look at segmenting the massive $10 billion near-term growth opportunity in plug-in vehicles, analyzing individual OEMs, models, and suppliers that will drive the industry. Finally, the workshop also covers the profitable avenues for stationary energy storage, surveying the various possible use cases and their current traction and future prospects.

W2: Battery Safety Training



Shmuel De-Leon, CEO, Shmuel De-Leon Energy, Ltd.

Batteries have become daily use components for many applications. More than that, we can say that without batteries, our lives would change dramatically – just think of life with no mobile phones. In the race for energy density, we sometimes forget the safety. Unfortunately, we face daily safety events with injuries and severe damage. The workshop focuses on portable and stationary battery safety along battery cycle life (acceptance, testing, assembly, use, transportation and disposal). The training incorporates Shmuel De-Leon’s and other experiences on battery safety representing over 25 years of work in the field. The motivation behind the training is to provide attendees with the knowledge needed to safely handle the batteries in their organization and to support reduction in safety events.

You Can Expect to Learn:

  • Full review of root causes for battery safety events
  • Guidelines on how to handle batteries safely
  • What-to-do guidelines in case of battery safety events
  • Checklist of safety equipment needed
  • Fresh and updated knowledge about battery safety


W3: Lithium Battery Transportation Regulations – Eliminating the Complexity and Improving Safety Based on Sound Science


Panel of Facilitators:

Daphne A. Fuentevilla, Ph.D., Engineer, Advanced Power and Energy Group, NSWC Carderock, U.S. Navy

Steve Hwang, Ph.D., Chemist, U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (U.S. DOT – PHMSA)

George A. Kerchner, Executive Director, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association

Kevin Leary, Transportation Regulations Specialist, U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (U.S. DOT – PHMSA)

Lithium batteries come in many forms, chemistries, and sizes, from button cells to large containerized lithium-ion batteries, and only one set of transportation regulations must address all known and potential hazards. Just as technology has evolved, transport regulations must also evolve to keep pace with the increasing chemistries, form factors, and applications.

Over the last 20 years, there has been extensive testing in lithium cells and batteries by industry, government, and NGOs. As a result, we know a great deal more about the risks associated with the use, transport, and storage of lithium batteries than ever before. Join this panel of experts as they start from scratch and develop new lithium battery transport regulations based on available research and test data. During this time, we tackle important questions such as:

  • What are the most important things to consider in lithium battery transport safety?
  • How can we use test data to develop new and better regulations?
  • How do we keep regulations simple in an increasingly complex system?

* Separate registration required.


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