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Next Generation Batteries 2017
Next Generation Batteries 2017

Mobile Power

The demands and requirements of battery power for wireless devices have increased exponentially over the past decade. These increased demands have created significant market opportunities for battery developers. This track will focus on the latest technological advancements in portable power for smart phones, tablets, laptops, medical devices and power tools. The conference presentations will provide an in-depth analysis of emerging new battery chemistries, pack designs and battery management systems. In addition, an examination of the latest charging technologies and advances in safety will be addressed. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with the complete battery development ecosystem, from principal scientists to device manufacturers.

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Monday, April 18

8:00 am Workshop Registration

8:30-11:30 Pre-Conference Workshop*

W1: Battery Safety Training for Portable & Stationary Applications

* Separate registration required.

11:00 Main Conference Registration

1:15 pm Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Victoria Mosolgo, Associate Conference Producer, Knowledge Foundation, a Division of Cambridge EnerTech

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Knowledge Foundation, a Division of Cambridge EnerTech

1:20 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Kang Xu, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Electrochemistry Branch, U.S. Army Research Laboratory


1:30 Battery Trends and Industry Needs for Consumer Electronics

Robert AshcraftRobert Ashcraft, Ph.D., Engineer/Manager, Open Innovation Group, Samsung Research America

Energy storage innovation is a continuing challenge for consumer electronics devices that seek higher performance, new function, and new form factors. A wide variety of potential technology solutions have been proposed; however, non-incremental solutions that are commercially practicable remain elusive. This talk discusses energy storage innovations that could impact consumer electronics and related devices and examine the challenges through the lens of industry requirements and desires.


2:15 Solid-State Lithium Metal Electrodes as an Enabling Technology for Next-Generation Batteries for Consumer Electronic Applications

Steve ViscoSteve Visco, Ph.D., CEO and CTO, PolyPlus Battery Company

Over the past few decades, there have been significant investments in R&D targeted at next-generation batteries. PolyPlus has focused its effort on the development of solid-state lithium metal electrodes as an enabling technology for next-generation batteries. We examine a number of development paths for solid-state anodes, as well as the evolution from Li-ion to safe, rechargeable Li-metal batteries.

2:45 Fully-Coupled 3D Electrical, Electrochemical, and Thermal Simulations for Advanced Battery Applications

John TurnerJohn Turner, Ph.D., Group Leader, Computational Engineering & Energy Sciences Group (CEES), Oak Ridge National Laboratory

As form factors and application requirements become increasingly demanding, simulation capabilities that capture the full geometric complexity are required. Specifically, electrochemical models beyond the traditional homogenized and pseudo-2D models are needed. We present examples of fully-coupled 3D electrical, electrochemical, and thermal simulations using the ORNL Advanced MultiPhysics for Electrochemical and Renewable Energy Storage (AMPERES) capability that demonstrate when such approaches are warranted.

3:15 Spotlight Presentation (Interested in Nominating a Speaker? Please Contact Sherry Johnson, sjohnson@cambridgeenertech.com)

3:30 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


4:00 Advancements of Innovative Non-Destructive Non-Contact Methods of Testing for Optimization of Materials, Technology and Design, Increasing Efficiency, Improving Reliability and Safety, and Reducing Costs of the Batteries for Portable Electronics

Elena ShembelElena Shembel, Ph.D., D.Sc., Chairman & CEO, Enerize Corporation

Portable electronic applications require from Li-ion batteries increased energy, reliability, minimization for design, high level of safety, and reduction of cost. This presentation addresses Enerize’s proprietary non-destructive non-contact electromagnetic, holographic interferometry, gas discharge visualization, and combined methods and devices to enable the evaluation of the properties and hidden defects of initial materials, semi- and final product in-line during manufacturing of Li-ion batteries for portable electronics.

4:30 A Wireless Contact Stress Sensor for Battery Monitoring

James Kaschmitter, CEO, MicroMetrics, Inc.

Li-ion cells are known to suffer from swelling due to cycling or internal failure mechanisms. Excessive swelling in Li-ion pouch cells can be caused by high levels of lithiation in new high-capacity anode materials, or by internal failure mechanisms in the cell that cause gas generation. MicroMetrics, Inc. ultra-thin silicon-based Contact Stress Sensor (CSS) has the precision needed for accurately monitoring swelling in Li-ion cells. This presentation discusses the high accuracy of the CSS that allows it to detect even minor increases in pressure due to cell gassing.

5:00 Next-Generation Energy Storage Development of in situ Gas Measurements for Lithium-Ion Battery R&D

Dee Strand Dee Strand, Ph.D., CTO, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

Gas evolution is a common problem for lithium-ion batteries, leading to reduced cycle life and cell failure. Wildcat’s testing method enables continuous gas measurements while cells cycle at a rate of one measurement every 0.1 second. This new technology now allows Wildcat’s scientists to rapidly evaluate gas evolution for thousands of electrolytes in full cells, dramatically accelerating the development of improved additives and electrolytes. This presentation shows examples on the use of this technique for a number of high-voltage systems.

5:30 Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

6:30 Close of Day

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Tuesday, April 19

7:30 am Java and Jive Breakfast Breakout Discussion Groups

Grab coffee and breakfast and join a discussion group. These are moderated discussions with brainstorming and interactive problem solving, allowing conference participants from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and experiences and develop future collaborations around a focused topic.
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9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Dee Strand, Ph.D., CTO, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

9:05 Battery Considerations for Wearable Electronics

Jerry HallmarkJerry Hallmark, Director, Energy and Power Technologies, Motorola Mobility

Wearable electronic devices are gaining more traction with consumers, but in many cases are limited in design, performance and capabilities by batteries. Battery development for wearable electronics applications must consider numerous performance parameters, including size, shape, capacity, energy density, charge/discharge rate, and cycle life. This talk discusses approaches to balancing trade-offs in these parameters, including priorities, system considerations and impact of evolving technologies.

9:35 Diagnostic Studies of High-Energy Density Lithium-Ion Cells

Daniel AbrahamDaniel Abraham, Ph.D., Engineer, Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory

Advances in energy storage have revolutionized the consumer electronics market and have made possible devices such as smart phones that have transformed the manner by which we access information and communicate with one another. Current research is aimed at further increasing the energy density of these cells. The pros and cons of these approaches will be discussed; degradation mechanisms and practical approaches to minimize loss of cell performance will be highlighted.

10:05 Spotlight Presentation (Interested in Nominating a Speaker? Please Contact Sherry Johnson, sjohnson@cambridgeenertech.com)

10:20 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

11:00 Cylindrical Pouch Lithium Polymer Cells for Medical Electronic Pills

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

The swallowed medical electronic pill market is growing. New developments for small pills with cameras or sensors to find disease in our bodies are under development. This type of application needs small and powerful cylindrical lithium batteries that can fit the pill sizes. New innovative cylindrical pouch lithium polymer cells can meet these requirements and will be discussed.

11:30 Powermers Use of ElectroChemical NanoPolymer as a Catalyst for Li-Air Battery Development

Sam Kogan, CEO, Powermers

Metal-air batteries are valued as a potential candidate for high-energy density batteries, with lithium-air batteries representing the highest potential for specific energy due to small atomic weights of main active materials: lithium and oxygen. Powermers describes their efforts in lithium-air battery development by discussing their proprietary electroconductive nano-polymer catalyst for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions, engineering development and validation work with Ohio State University to improve specific energy and power, and efforts to protect the lithium anode for battery operation in ambient air.

12:00 pm Spotlight Presentation (Interested in Nominating a Speaker? Please Contact Sherry Johnson, sjohnson@cambridgeenertech.com)

12:30 Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Enjoy Lunch on Your Own

1:00 Session Break


2:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Jerry Hallmark, Director, Energy and Power Technologies, Motorola Mobility

2:05 Beyond Li-Ion: Utilization of the High-Energy Density of Silver-Zinc in the Button and Coin Cell Miniature Battery Sizes

Jeff OrtegaJeff Ortega, Ph.D., Director, Research, R&D, ZPower

This presentation reviews published performance data for commercially available rechargeable Li-ion and Li-polymer cells compared to rechargeable silver-zinc (AgZn) button cells. The comparison demonstrates that silver-zinc cells offer greater capacity and energy densities over the equivalently sized rechargeable Li-on and Li-polymer batteries. In comparison with the smallest Li-ion available, the silver-zinc cell has a 57% greater energy density, while the largest silver-zinc cell is shown to be greater by 20% over the best-performing Li-ion option available.

2:35 Wireless Charging of Small Connected Devices

Bill von Nowak, Principal Engineer, Qualcomm

Small connected devices – sensors, thermostats, smart tags and wearables – are proliferating in the marketplace rapidly. They have unique requirements both for batteries and for charging; often requirements for temperature ranges, environmental sealing, form factors, use patterns and port access are significantly different from traditional portable devices. This presentation looks at unique challenges and benefits that wireless battery charging brings to the power systems for small connected devices.


3:05 The Patent Landscape across the Battery Industry: Patent Acquisition, Enforcement, and Licensing Strategies

Howard LimHoward Lim, Intellectual Property Attorney, Locke Lord, LLP

This talk will present the patent landscape across the global rechargeable battery industry, including an analysis and discussion of the patent portfolios held by battery industry participants. Recent patent acquisition trends and areas of focus will be discussed, as well as strategies for asserting your patents and defending yourself from the enforcement and licensing strategies of others.

3:35 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


4:00 Advanced and Post-Lithium-Ion Batteries for Consumer Electronics and Emerging Market Segments

Franco GonzalezFranco Gonzalez, Senior Technology Analyst, Research, IDTechEx, United Kingdom

Lithium-ion batteries are the best energy storage technology we have ever seen, but unfortunately they cannot achieve the required transformative scale of improvement required. We provide an overview of the state of development of these technologies, their current challenges and development paths, providing the big picture of the niche markets for which these technologies are being targeted and analysis of the consumer electronics market within this context over the next 10 years.

4:30 JOINT PANEL DISCUSSION: Powering the Path to Commercialization for Consumer Electronics

Is there a single solution to our consumer electronics energy storage needs? Do the costs of these new technologies make them commercially feasible? Is there a one-size-fits-all solution to our energy storage needs, or will multiple new technologies be used for consumer applications? This panel discusses the potential applications of each next-generation technology from the OEM perspective.

Andy Keates, Principal Engineer, Energy Storage Technology, Intel Corporation


Bill von Nowak, Principal Engineer, Qualcomm

Jerry Hallmark, Director, Energy and Power Technologies, Motorola Mobility

Robert Ashcraft, Ph.D., Engineer/Manager, Open Innovation Group, Samsung Research America

5:30 Close of Conference

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