Continental Breakfast Roundtable Discussions
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Join your colleagues and fellow delegates over breakfast for a focused, informal discussion moderated by a member of our speaking faculty. A small group format allows participants to meet potential collaborators, share examples from their own work and discuss ideas with peers.
TABLE 1: Battery Fire Safety Risks Mitigation and Communication
Haresh Kamath, Senior Program Manager for DER and Energy Storage, EPRI
- Are recent battery fires related to inherent safety risks in the batteries, or are they related to integration failures?
- Are battery users taking unknown risks by reviewing bids chiefly on the basis of price?
- Are battery manufacturers and integrated solution providing enough information on battery failures to their customers and potential customers?
- How can battery users and solution providers work together to enhance better understanding of fire risks and mitigation strategies?
- What standard industry practices should there be about communicating high-profile failures to customers, regulators, and the media?
TABLE 2: Cell Manufacturing
Raf Goossens, PhD, CEO, Global Corporate Management, PEC
- What are the key challenges for manufacturing large format cells?
- How can we achieve the large volumes that will be needed to fulfill the expected future market demands?
- What simplifications can be introduced during manufacturing?
- How can we progress with reducing the current cell manufacturing cost?
- What are the safety risks during manufacturing and how can we handle these?
TABLE 3: Electrolyte Developments: New Components and Approaches
Sam Jaffe, Managing Director, Cairn Energy Research Advisors
- Recent electrolyte advances and their impact on the battery
- Gauging cost/benefits to adding new components to electrolyte mixtures
- Super-concentrated salt electrolytes: recent research and implications
- Innovative solvent and additive approaches
- Emerging salt candidates for improved performance
TABLE 4: Li-Ion NMC Fast Charging New Cells for E-Mobility
Shmuel De-Leon, CEO, Shmuel De-Leon Energy, Ltd.
- The needs for fast charging for E-Mobility
- Current solution in the market
- New Fast Charging LI-ION NMC cells under development
TABLE 5: Silicon Anodes and Cells
Benjamin Park, PhD, Founder & CTO, Enevate
- What is the maturity level of Si today?
- What different approaches are there with Si?
- What are the challenges and how can the industry work together to solve them?
- How does Si compare with other next-gen technologies such as solid-state/lithium-metal?
- What markets are the best markets for Si-based anode technologies?
TABLE 6: Charging Infrastructure for Zero-Emission Heavy-Duty Trucks, Buses and Freight Equipment
Leslie Goodbody, Engineer, Innovative Heavy-Duty Strategies, Mobile Source Control Division, California Air Resources Board
- How important is standardization for conductive charging? Inductive charging?
- For large battery electric fleets, what are the arguments for or against AC vs. DC vs. wireless charging?
- How do demanding duty cycles and routine fast charging affect different battery chemistries in terms of life span and performance?
- What are worker safety concerns with connecting and disconnecting high-power charge ports?
TABLE 7: BMS Test Approaches and Philosophies
Peter Blume, President, Bloomy Controls, Inc.
- Types of BMS testing: engineering verification, software validation, design verification, HALT/HASS, reliability, and manufacturing test.
- Who’s responsible for BMS testing? The vehicle OEM, the cell/module/pack supplier, and/or the contract manufacturer?
- When should you use cell simulation hardware and when should you use real cells for testing the BMS?
- How many cells or modules should you simulate in order to validate a BMS? When and how should you simulate an entire pack?
- What are the capabilities of hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing?
- What are the sources of commercially available BMS testing equipment?
TABLE 8: Charging and Infrastructure
Kevin Konecky, Battery Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting, Inc.
- Review different charging protocols
- What improvements are being made to the user experience
- Discussion on DC-charging and wireless charging
TABLE 9: Trade-Offs of Various Battery Structure and Enclosure Materials (Steel, Aluminium, Structural Plastics/Composites)
Andrew Oury, Global Lead Engineer – Power Battery Packs, General Motors
- What materials have battery manufacturers had success with in the past?
- Are there production volume considerations for the best materials? Do lower-volume programs lend themselves to one type of construction while high-volume programs lend themselves to another?
- Do lightweight materials “earn their way in” based on $/kg saved on a BEV?
- What materials have shown promise for management of internal and external fires?
- What influence does the enclosure material have on radiates emissions (EMC)?
- Do certain materials have benefits for crash and underbody protection?
TABLE 10: High-Energy, Fast-Charge Lithium-Ion Cells
Sujeet Kumar, PhD, CEO, Zenlabs Energy
- Is silicon the right anode choice?
- Cycle life degradation during fast charge
- Li-ion battery design architecture for fast charge
TABLE 11: Electrified Vehicle Battery System Research Needs
Ted Miller, Senior Manager of Energy Storage Strategy and Research, Ford Motor Company
- Elements that are common to traditional automotive powertrain research
- Elements that are unique as compared to traditional automotive powertrain research
- Key needs in terms of scientist and engineer experience and training
TABLE 12: To What Extent Is Regulation Driving the Growth in the xEV Market?
Mike O'Kronley, Executive Director - Corporate Strategy, A123 Systems LLC
- Would the market ever demand xEVs in the absence of regulations?
- What would the timing be?
- Will consumers be forced to drive xEVs or will the market demand them because they are viewed as being better?
- Is there a tipping point?
- When will it occur?
- What effect does economics play in the broad acceptance of xEV?
- Does an xEV need to be cheaper at the time of purchase to be viewed as more attractive?
- Will consumers factor in TCO?