Pre-Recorded Webinars

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    Characterizing Performance and Determining Reliability of Batteries for Medical Applications

    As the number and variety of battery powered devices used in medical applications grows, batteries are playing an ever more important role in determining the reliability of these devices. Unlike the portable consumer electronics industry where high unit volumes can justify the design and manufacturing of custom batteries, the medical device industry must often utilize standard, off-the-shelf batteries for their devices. Even when the production of custom batteries is justified, few battery manufacturers appreciate the level of quality and reliability that is required by the medical device industry.

    In this webinar we will look at how to quantify the performance characteristics of batteries in a way that allows direct comparisons to be made between various vendors, form factors and chemistries. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate common mistakes made in battery selection and use, and methods for conducting accelerated aging studies will be discussed. When properly conducted, such aging studies can be used to identify potential reliability issues, monitor the manufacturing quality of the batteries and serve as a tool to aid in the selection and qualification of various battery vendors.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • What do you need to know that is not on the specification sheets?
    • How do you make apples-to-apples performance comparisons between different battery types?
    • When is impedance and/or capacity matching important in multi-cell configurations?
    • How can quality be compared between vendors?
    • How can battery longevity be predicted in specific applications?

    Presenter

    Dr. Quinn C. Horn – Principal Engineer at Exponent, Inc.

    Dr. Quinn Horn has been with Exponent for ten years. He is also a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he collaborates with researchers in the Electrochemical Energy Laboratory on projects related to electric vehicles and new gas diffusion electrodes for metal-air batteries and fuel cells.

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    Key Trends, Recent Developments and ‘What’s Next’ for Energy Storage?

    Billions of dollars have recently been invested into advanced energy storage systems initiatives globally. These include further development of R&D and manufacturing advancements in xEV batteries, stationary power systems, “beyond lithium” technologies, and more. NextEnergy will share some knowledge gained through its suite of venture support services, including access to funding opportunities, & in-depth value chain and market analyses, based on primary & secondary research.

    This webinar will highlight some key market and R&D trends, key innovators in the energy storage space, and take a high-level look at other initiatives influencing “what’s next” in the field of advanced energy storage, with an emphasis on Li Ion batteries for automotive applications.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • NextEnergy’s capabilities, and a sneak preview of NextEnergy’s Li Ion battery value chain. This work is primarily focused on automotive applications
    • Key general trends in the energy storage sector, in terms of manufacturing, R&D, and market trends
    • A brief review of select early stage companies offering innovative solutions to the energy storage community
    • Select novel R&D initiatives in the Li Ion and “beyond lithium ion” spaces will be presented, at a high-level, and “what’s next” in energy storage systems will be addressed

    Presenter

    Kelly Jezierski – Energy Storage Manager, NextEnergy

    Kelly Jezierski has been with NextEnergy for over 7 years. NextEnergy is one of the nation’s leading accelerators of advanced energy technologies, businesses and industries. Kelly is leading a joint initiative funded by the US Department of Commerce and Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to foster growth in the advanced energy storage cluster and fill gaps in the domestic supply chain. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Alternative Energy Technologies degrees, both from Wayne State University.

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    Non-Destructive Testing: Insuring Safety, Reliability, and Reducing Cost of Li Batteries

    Non-destructive non-contact electromagnetic, ultrasonic, holographic interferometry, gas discharge visualization, and combined methods are innovative tools for successful coordination of stages of R&D, manufacturing, and applications of Li batteries. Deployment of automated non-destructive quality assurance technology at every stage of the manufacturing process will increase the reliability and safety of batteries, while lowering overall manufacturing costs.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Physical principles of the non-destructive & non-contact methods for evaluation and testing of Li batteries during production:
    – Initial materials, including nano-structured powders of electrode materials
    – Polymer and solid inorganic electrolytes
    – Properties of electrodes during coating, including the resistance of interface between current collectors and electrode mass
    – Multi-layered electrode structures, as Jelly roll dry electrode structure
    – Final product
    • Design of equipment for non-destructive testing
    • Examples of using the non-destructive methods in Li batteries, super-capacitors, solar cells, chemical industry, and other industries (example – evaluating the properties of the cement)
    • Benchmarking, and the market of application for non-destructive, non-contact testing

    Presenter
    Dr. Elena Shembel – Chairman & CEO at Enerize Corporation

    Dr. Shembel is co-inventor of more than 50 patents and patent applications worldwide, including 15 US Patents and 1 Great Britain patent during last 8 years in the areas of batteries, solar cells, fuel cells, and non-destructive methods of testing. She earned PhD in “Electrochemical processes for systems with porous matrices for space systems”, and degree of Doctor of Chemical Sciences at the FSU Academy of Sciences Institute of Electrochemistry, Moscow for her work in processes and optimization of lithium batteries.

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    Development and Testing of Electric Drives and Battery Management Systems

    Many types of hybrid and electric drive (E-Drive) control systems are being developed for platforms in several industries. These systems also use Battery Management Systems (BMS) to handle their demanding power needs. However, the development of these technologies brings increased system complexity, evident in the many platform variants and control algorithms of various electronic control units (ECUs).

    dSPACE provides comprehensive solutions for E-Drive or BMS development, from providing proper hardware I/O interfaces for prototyping/testing these applications to real-time models for simulation of these controlled systems. There is also the need for consideration of power and safety requirements and precision of the simulation or control capability.

    This presentation will cover RCP and HIL systems and models for the development and validation of E-Drive and BMS control systems. Specific implementation techniques for model processing and interfaces in real-time along with critical power interface and electrical hardware functionality will be shown.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Real-time Simulation Models for Electric Motors and Battery Systems
    • Rapid Prototyping hardware for E-Drive and BMS Development
    • Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Simulators for testing E-Drive/BMS Systems

    Presenter
    Jace Allen – Lead Technical Specialist – Simulation & Test Systems at dSPACE Inc.

    Jace is the Lead Technical Specialist for Simulation and Test Systems at dSPACE, Inc, having designed and managed over 200 Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) system implementations for various customers. In the past 20 years he has handled many diverse modeling, controls, and simulation test applications in the Automotive, Commercial Vehicle, and Aerospace areas. His background includes modeling, simulation, and product development for vehicle powertrain, safety/security systems and also software development with embedded controls tools. He is a member of SAE, IEEE, and AIAA and has published 10 SAE Papers.

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    Update on Zinc Hybrid Cathode Battery Technology: Lessons Learned from Demo Projects with Major Utilities in US & Europe

    With no economical means to store energy, the utility distribution network has typically been overbuilt and continually expanded to serve peak demand, though only a fraction of that infrastructure is used on an average day.

    Working closely with utility partners like AEP and Con Edison, Eos Energy Storage has evaluated the economics of battery storage on the distribution system, with compelling results. Using first-hand knowledge of system costs and specifications, it was found that a utility-owned battery system can break even with a conventional T&D upgrade of ~$5M, or less when monetizing available market revenues.

    In this webinar, Eos will share an update on commercialization of its zinc hybrid cathode battery technology and share lessons learned from deployments with major utilities in the US and Europe, from initial business case analysis to commissioning a turnkey product.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Discuss how energy storage can be leveraged as a utility distribution asset and market resource
    • Share Eos’s experience in deploying energy storage systems at utility sites in the US and Europe
    • Update on performance and path to commercialization for novel zinc hybrid cathode battery technology

    Presenter

    Philippe Bouchard – Vice President, Business Development at Eos Energy Storage

    Philippe joined Eos after 5 years of in-depth experience leading emerging technology and regulatory initiatives within the utility energy industry. While working previously within Southern California Edison’s Advanced Technology Organization, Philippe co-authored SCE’s Smart Grid Deployment Plan and managed a $3 million portfolio of diversified R&D and technology evaluation projects. Philippe brings an interdisciplinary background in chemistry and environmental sciences, and graduated with a B.A. from Pomona College.

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    Stability of Li7La3Zr2O12 Garnet Solid-State Electrolyte Against Metallic Lithium

    Energy storage demands will require safer, cheaper and higher performance electrochemical energy storage. While the primary strategy for improving performance has focused on state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries, this work seeks to develop solid-state batteries employing metallic Li anode. Recently, the ceramic electrolyte, Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) cubic garnet, has shown promise owing to its unique combination of properties such as high Li-ion conductivity and electrochemical stability. Generally, LLZO is synthesized through powder processing and sintering at high temperature to produce dense membrane. Processing of the ceramic materials produces internal and surface flaws which will inhibit lithium transport creating localized current density and control the stability against Li dendrite propagation. This presentation will discuss new improvement in methodology to evaluate the integrity of LLZO membrane.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Methodology to evaluate the integrity of LLZO by identifying the microstructural flaws and their impact on mechanical properties
    • DC cycling, EIS, XPS will be shown to determine the reactions that govern the maximum current density
    • Correlate the electrochemical stability and critical current density with defects in polycrystalline solid state LLZO electrolyte

    Presenter
    Asma Sharafi – PhD Student with Jeff Sakamoto at University of Michigan

    Asma received her MS in Chemistry (material science) in 2013 at University of Georgia. Currently, she is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at University of Michigan under Jeff Sakamoto’s supervision. The primary focus of her research is on the development of new solid state electrolyte (SSE) with the garnet structure (Li7La3Zr2O12) that offer unprecedented safety and durability.

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    Accelerating Launch of New Battery Technologies by Expediting Samples Through Collaborative Partnerships

    Polaris is a processing lab that accelerates new lithium ion battery developments resulting in faster delivery of samples. It provides processing services to accelerate the optimization of recipes for battery developers. Using its services, customers can avoid delays in launching products due to internal funding and staffing constraints.

    Services include anode and cathode electrode mix and coat trials, pouch stack cell assemblies, cell and material analytical testing services, business advisory services, and a link to high volume production.

    Two major roadblocks facing battery technology companies are addressed: 1) Startups lack staffing, process knowledge, funding, and equipment to develop samples, and 2) Commercialization of new battery technologies is capital intensive and takes long time to pass quality standards

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Significant new material inventions in lithium ion and other advanced battery chemistries in the US
    • Two primary issues or “gaps” in getting these technologies to the market
    – generating samples for investors, customers and internal engineering evaluation and optimization
    – building a battery factory and gaining product and quality system approval (a huge undertaking)
    • Polaris Battery Labs Capability Overview for samples and commercialization
    • Partner Profile; Carestream Heath as a contract coating partner to reduce time-to-market and risks

    Presenter
    Doug Morris – CEO – Polaris Battery Labs, LLC

    Doug has over 30 years experience in the telecommunications, components, battery, and energy storage industries. Prior to working at Polaris Labs he was VP of Operations at Enevate. Doug has also held various executive, management, and engineering positions over his 21 year career with Motorola where he was VP and Director of Engineering, Quality, and Supply Chain Management for the Energy Systems Group. Doug was also a founder of Motorola’s Product Testing Services business.

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    Advancing Mining Processes to Make Better Materials for Use in Lithium Ion Batteries

    American Manganese Inc has developed a low-cost, environmentally friendly hydrometallurgical process to recover manganese (Mn) from lower grade resources. American Manganese has applied for a patent for their hydrometallurgical process that produces electrolytic manganese metal with low energy and water consumption. American Manganese commissioned R&D contractor, Kemetco Research Inc to determine uses of Artillery Peak manganese resource material to generate high value alternative products. Chemical manganese dioxide (CMD) and lithiated manganese oxide (LixMn2O4) for use in rechargeable batteries were the areas researched.

    The research was successful in producing CMD from Artillery Peak resource material with low cation impurities and avoiding processing steps that are known to introduce metallic impurities in the final product. Cation impurities cause capacity fade, whereas metallic impurities are known to cause catastrophic failures (such as fire and explosions) in lithium ion batteries. Working rechargeable lithium ion coin cell battery prototypes were produced from the CMD material.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Catastrophic failure of Li Ion batteries caused by metallic impurities that may be introduced from the mining of raw materials
    • Conventional mining process to recover MnO2 used to make LiMn2O4
    • Research on a new mining process that avoids steps known to introduce metallic impurities to recover MnO2 used to make LiMn2O4

    Presenter
    Norman Chow – President – Kemetco Research, Inc.

    Norman earned a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Metals and Materials Engineering from University of British Columbia. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) in British Columbia. He has over 15 years of technology development and contract research experience. He is the President of Kemetco Research Inc., which he formed after acquiring the Industrial Process Division of BC Research Inc. BC Research had been in operation for over 60 years as an R&D contractor.

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