Pre-Recorded Webinars

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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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