Electricity is the fuel of tomorrow — a future powered by battery technology. With the global electric mobility market expected to reach nearly $500 billion by 2025, battery and power storage needs will be pushed beyond current limits. Design teams are being challenged to rethink how systems work on the ground, in the skies, and at sea.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 15

BATTERIES IN SPACE APPLICATIONS

From CubeSats and Mars helicopters to lunar rovers, batteries of many different architectures are used for power in harsh conditions such as high radiation levels and microgravity. See how we’re reaching for the stars in this opening session of today’s aerospace-focused lineup.

Presenter: Ben Waters, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder, WiBotic

Dr. Ben Waters has been the CEO of WiBotic since 2015, when he and Co-Founder Joshua Smith commercialized wireless charging solutions they developed at the University of Washington (UW). NASA has selected WiBotic — in partnership with Astrobotic, Bosch, and UW — to develop rapid wireless charging systems and energy monitoring base stations for robots on the Moon.

EMERGING BATTERY ARCHITECTURES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS

New battery architectures are emerging as alternatives to lithium-ion technology. These include all-solid-state, nanomaterial-based including nano-diamond and nanowire, salt/sodium, and graphene. Each has properties and advantages that make its use preferable for specific applications. Join us for this panel discussion that examines some of the new options.

Presenters: Nima Golsharifi, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, NDB Inc.

At NDB Inc., Dr. Nima Golsharifi has developed a self-charging green nano-diamond battery. With expertise in nanotechnology, energy storage devices, organic semiconductors, and artificial intelligence, Nima was previously a research scientist at the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Ping Liu, Ph.D., Professor of Nanoengineering and Director, Sustainable Power and Energy Center, University of California San Diego (UCSD)

Prior to his current position, Dr. Liu was a Program Director at ARPA-E, where he initiated and managed research programs in energy storage for electric vehicles. Ping’s group at UCSD studies chemistry and materials for next-generation batteries, driving advancements in fast charging, safety, energy density, and low-temperature operation.

ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT BATTERY TECHNOLOGY

What is the current state of electric aircraft battery technology? Fossil fuels produce 100 times more energy than batteries and adding more batteries to aircraft increases weight as well as the risk of chemical and fire hazards. Join us for an illuminating panel discussion to find out how we’re overcoming these challenges.

Presenters: James Bond, Applications Engineering Manager, EaglePicher® Technologies

At EaglePicher Technologies — a leading producer of batteries, battery management systems, and energetic devices — James Bond focuses on technology selection and integration for the company’s aerospace and defense customers. He was the original lead engineer for the company’s first battery management system used in commercial aviation.

Brandon Robinson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Horizon Aircraft

Horizon Aircraft is an advanced aerospace engineering company that has developed one of the world’s first eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft that can fly 98 percent of its mission exactly like a normal aircraft. James is a retired RCAF CF-18 fighter pilot.

NAVAL/MARITIME BATTERY TECHNOLOGY NEEDS

Electric hybrid power and propulsion systems represent the future of naval and maritime operations. Legacy power systems, such as diesel and gas turbines, can’t deliver the electrical power needed to handle the complex profiles that will be demanded by tomorrow’s ships. Countering this problem will require the implementation of sophisticated controls and energy storage systems. Find out how you can help deliver what’s needed.

INTEGRATED SOLDIER POWER AND DATA SYSTEMS

Integrated Soldier Power and Data Systems (ISPDS) technology enables simultaneous connectivity and control over data transmission and power management of multiple wearable devices. The key to making ISPDS work, however, is designing more efficient, effective energy storage devices to lighten the load for soldiers who now carry multiple devices to complete their missions.

Presenter: Ehud Palgi, Co-Founder and CTO, Techaya

Serving as the main architect at Techaya — a leading manufacturer of solutions for the military, security, and surveillance markets — Ehud Palgi manages the company’s research and development team and leads the design, development, and vision of all products. He has more than 25 years of in-field networking and cybersecurity knowledge.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16

SOLID STATE: NO LONGER IF, BUT WHEN AND HOW

Development of solid-state batteries for automotive applications appears to be in its final phase. What’s left to overcome? Will solid-state batteries be an immediate and cost-competitive replacement for our current lithium-ion technology? Don’t miss this opening session of the day’s automotive-focused lineup.

Presenter: Robert Galyen, Fellow, Chairman, Battery Standards Steering Committee, SAE International

SAE International Fellow Bob Galyen serves as liaison to the MVC and China Automotive Advisory Councils for SAE International. Bob is also NAATBatt International’s Chairman Emeritus and CTO, serves on the boards of multiple corporations and associations in the U.S., and is the President of Galyen Energy. Bob is the retired Chief Technical Officer of CATL, the world’s largest lithium-ion battery manufacturing company.

THE STARTUP PERSPECTIVE

This panel discussion offers insight and advice from startup companies. The speakers describe their favored battery chemistries, explain how they plan to advance their chosen designs, and detail the unique challenges of supplying smaller electric vehicle manufacturers.

Presenters: Surya Moganty, Ph.D., CTO, NOHMs Technologies

NOHMs Technologies’ mission is to provide materials and chemistry for longer-lasting, safer, and more sustainable lithium-ion batteries. Dr. Moganty is an expert in hybrid materials, ionic liquid electrolytes, electrochemistry, and process engineering. Prior to joining NOHMs, he was a Process Engineer at Intel Corporation.

Dr. Doron Myersdorf, CEO and Co-Founder, StoreDot

Dr. Doron Myersdorf co-founded StoreDot in 2012 to develop extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology utilizing nanoscale metalloids and proprietary compounds to overcome a major barrier to electric vehicle adoption: range and charging anxiety. Prior to that, he was Senior Director of SanDisk SSD Business Unit, establishing and managing the division in Israel.

NEXT-GENERATION COMMERCIAL-VEHICLE BATTERIES

Commercial-vehicle electrification is quickly evolving. This panel session discusses the specific needs of battery power for heavy-duty applications and examines the technologies that appear best suited for production use.

Presenter: Toby Schulz, Director, Electrification & Systems, Allison Transmission

As Director of Electrification & Systems, Toby Schulz reports into the Allison E-Mobility division. He co-founded Vantage Power in 2011 and was Chief Technology Officer. The engineering teams at Allison Transmission are focused in the areas of powertrain system design and integration, battery systems, embedded system control, and telemetry data systems.

ADVANCED ANODE AND CATHODE DEVELOPMENT

Anode and cathode design and materials are under constant research. What are the primary R&D goals for the near and mid-term horizon? Join us for this enlightening session to learn about the future of anodes and cathodes.

Presenter: Dr. Guiliang Xu, Assistant Chemist, Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Xu has more than a decade of research experience in the development of advanced batteries including lithium-ion, sodium-ion, and lithium-sulfur batteries. He provides guidance and approaches to design, and synthesizes new, safer battery materials with higher energy.

CRITICAL BATTERY MATERIALS PROCUREMENT AND SUPPLY SECURITY

The projections for electric vehicle sales suggest an order-of-magnitude increase in the need for minerals such as nickel, lithium, and cobalt. What are the latest initiatives in the U.S. and the world to secure the needed volumes of these crucial minerals? Find out in this provocative session.

Presenter: Andrew Bowering, Director, American Lithium

Andrew Bowering is the Director of American Lithium Corporation, a lithium exploration and development company. A venture capitalist and public markets expert with three decades of experience, he started out as the owner/operator of a drilling company, later becoming a stockbroker, and within a few years, a public company executive and financier.


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