2013 Conference Program

Thursday, June 6th

7:00 am     Registration Opens/Continental Breakfast

8:00 am    Welcome and Opening Address

8:05 am    Keynote Presentation

Battery Power Mergers and Acquisitions Market Update
Scott Mulcahy, Managing Director, XMS Capital Partners
Global M&A activity in 2012 was modestly below 2011 in both transaction value and the number of transactions completed, although activity during the second half of 2012 was considerably ahead of the first half of the year, driven by strong financing markets, strategic buyers with significant cash and debt capacity and financial sponsors.  Hear from seasoned M&A experts, XMS Capital Partners, about their observations and expectations for merger and acquisition activity and valuation drivers among power solutions companies, including batteries, power management and charging solutions.

9:15 am    Featured Presentation

How Shippers of Lithium Batteries and Equipment Can Avoid Delays with New Air Transportation Requirements
Bob Richard, VP of Government Affairs, Labelmaster Services
Newly enacted regulations for transporting lithium batteries and lithium battery-powered equipment are causing various holdups due to a lack of awareness among some shipping, freight forwarder  and transport personnel. The international air transport requirements for shipping lithium batteries and battery-powered equipment came into force on Jan. 1, 2013. In the US, the HM-215L final rule published on Jan. 7 authorized the use the new requirements. According to several of our customers and clients, these new rules are already causing some headaches among shippers and carriers.  In this presentation, learn how to avoid costly delays and minimize surprises.

10:00 am    Networking Break/Exhibit Hall Opens

10:30 am

High C-Rate Discharge in Portable Electronics, and its Effect On Cycle Life and Runtime
Brian Fritz, Power Source Engineer, Intel
Battery runtime in portable devices continues to be a primary issue for most consumers.  The push for smaller and lighter systems, along with processors that operate at high performance levels for short periods of time, has led to an increase in the peak C rates seen by batteries in portables. An examination of the peak currents and timeframes for those currents in next generation devices is discussed. The effect on cycle life of a variety of cells is presented. The challenge of decreasing cell counts, voltage headroom needed for DC/DC conversion, and the impact this has on runtime and performance is discussed.

Development of Ultrathin Ultracapacitors for Portable Electronic Applications
Dr. Edward Buiel, Coulometrics, LLC
The direction of consumer electronics products such as smart phones and laptop computers favors smaller and thinner devices with greater energy and power densities.  Future battery technologies offering higher energy density, such as those based on silicon anodes, or mg-ion, will do so at the expense of power density at least initially.  The use of thin supercapacitors connected directly in parallel with next generation batteries may provide higher energy and power densities compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries in certain applications.  One such application is the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) and in particular, LTE (Long Term Evolution).  These communication protocols are low duty cycle and have high power requirements that is  particularly well suited for a hybrid battery-supercapacitor energy storage device.

11:10 am

High Efficiency Fast Charging Battery Charger Designs
Jinrong Qian, Product Line Manager, Texas Instruments
Samual Wong, Texas Instruments
The power demand from the battery powered portable devices such as tablets and smart-phones has been continuously increased. To meet such power demand and extend the battery run-time, the battery capacity required in the battery operated system has been significantly increased. This creates big challenges for achieving fast charging in terms of thermal management and fast charging when the charging current increases. Advanced battery charging topologies will be presented for achieving system operation while charging a deeply discharged battery. Fast charging technique with resistance compensation and how to maximize the charging system efficiency with adaptive thermal management will be discussed.

Mitigating Risk of Battery Testing in Environmental Chambers
Mark R. Chrusciel, Director of Global Sales, Cincinnati Sub Zero
In product research and development, testing becomes a critical component. Mitigating risks in testing batteries under various temperature conditions is an important aspect that will be reviewed. The vast array of different battery types, sizes, chemistries and failure modes, means that there is no one standard environmental chamber that can be used or recommended.  The different cell types, test procedures, summary of safety concerns when performing battery testing will be covered along with important criteria to consider on how to select the most appropriate test chamber for the battery test application.

11:45 am    Networking Lunch

1:00 pm

What We Can Learn from the Automotive World of Lithium Ion Batteries
Monika Minarcin, Senior Business Development Manager, Palladium Energy
While the automotive industry is the first test market for larger lithium ion battery packs, there are lessons pack integrators can glean from the automotive industry and apply to the small format pack world. Learn the safety standards of large format packs, which require disciplined engineering, cell performance understanding, consistent performance and regulatory challenges. The session will also address the synergies between the automotive and consumer markets including primary divers, duty cycles, usable energy, charging and commodity factors. For example, the consumer market, is increasingly using lithium-based energy storage systems in a wide variety of devices.

Advanced Battery Materials Synthesis & Manufacturing R&D: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Commercialization
Gregory K. Krumdick, Principal Systems Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory
Procedures used to make small, research sample of materials are typically not suitable for large scale production. Manufacturing processes for the newly discovered advanced materials must be scalable to facilitate the transition from basic research to commercial application. The integration of battery materials discovery with process R&D will be discussed and how this program bridges the gap between research and commercialization, providing industry with samples of material sufficient for validation testing and industrial ready processes that can be used to accurately determine the economics of production.  Argonne’s recently completed Materials Engineering Research Facility that houses this program will also be described.

1:40 pm

Choosing the Right Lithium Ion Cell for Your Battery Pack
Carl Gallenson, VP of Engineering,  iTECH
Designers of portable equipment face many decision points during the development cycle.  Ensuring the rechargeable battery pack is well matched to the host equipment is often overlooked or not given sufficient priority until performance and/or supply problems occur.  Proper cell selection is key and requires much more than checking dimensions and capacity.   Designers need to consider loading, environment, shelf life, and a number of other factors specific to the application.  This presentation will provide a systematic approach to cell selection to ensure that the pack is well matched to the application demands as well as providing several specific case examples.

Can Battery Life Modeling Really Aid in Mapping/Optimizing Usage Profiles and Pack Design?
Kevin L. Gering, PhD, Technical Program Manager, Diagnostic Testing and Applied Battery Research, Idaho National Lab
Electrochemical cells are essentially batch reactors that can undergo reactivity of their components in response to a number of environmental and operational conditions. Long-term stability and resilience of these heterogeneous chemical systems is guided by principles involving thermodynamic equilibrium and system compatibility between chemical and physical/mechanical regimes. Fundamental understanding of the relationship between aging conditions (stress factors) and aging mechanisms is key for producing robust prognostic modeling tools that can facilitate optimizing complex usage profiles over extended time to prolong battery life, as well as predict the impact of disparate aging among cells within a given string configuration.  Modeling results for such targets will be demonstrated.

2:20 pm

High Specific Lithium Cells for Security, Military and Aerospace Applications
Florence Fusalba Ph.D, Program Manager, CEA-Grenoble France

Among various parameters, high specific energy is the most important criteria for security, energy efficient soldier, and aircraft or satellite applications. A breakthrough is expected in this domain to prepare batteries with the common key driver for application of at least 250 Wh/kg BoL at cell level. In this framework new chemistries for higher energy density Li-ion cells, above 250 Wh/kg, their assembly in a 70 Wh battery pack with 60 percent autonomy increase compared to commercial competitor at equivalent weight and further developments for larger Li-ion cells capacity (40 Ah) reaching 300 Wh/kg will be shown at prototypes level.

Electrodeposition as a Synthetic Route Toward 3D Lithium-Ion Batteries with
Interdigitated Electrodes
Derek C Johnson, Ph.D., Director of Engineering and Technology Development, Prieto Battery, Inc.
Lithium-ion batteries are being sought after for high power applications with long cycle life. To meet the performance requirements, the shortcomings that have relegated the use of conventional Li-ion batteries to low-power applications need to be addressed. The use of a three-dimensional architecture with interdigitated electrodes has been proposed to alleviate the shortcomings because it allows a significant decoupling of energy and power density. A new approach is to fabricate a 3D solid-state Li-ion cell using electrodeposition as the main synthetic technique. Characterization and performance of the individual components as well as the composite 3D structure will be presented.

2:50 pm    Networking Break

3:15 pm

Bio-Battery: A MicroPower Source for Portable Electronics
Yevgenia Ulyanova, Senior Research Scientist, CFD Research
The need for a renewable micropower source is increasingly relevant for today’s mobile and energy intensive applications.  CFDRC is designing, developing and demonstrating a Bio-Battery, which is an enzyme catalyzed power source generating energy from biofuels. The Bio-Battery can power applications for both military and civilian needs.  Additionally, this technology can be adapted to biomedical applications, where power generation from physiological fluids could lead to improved implantable monitors and drug delivery systems.  The technology’s benefits include high energy density, flexible design, safety, renewable biocatalysts, logistically-favorable fuels, neutral pH, and room temperature operation. A mature prototype has been demonstrated.

Discovery of a Non-Layered Oxide Cathode Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Cory O’Neill , Wildcat Discover Technologies
Wildcat Discovery Technologies has developed a high throughput synthesis and screening platform for battery materials. Wildcat’s system produces materials in bulk form, enabling evaluation of its properties in a standard cell configuration. This allows simultaneous optimization of all aspects of the cell, including the active materials, binders, separator, electrolyte and additives. Wildcat is using this high throughput system to develop new electrode and electrolyte materials for a variety of battery types (primary, secondary, aqueous and non-aqueous).

3:55 pm

Serving the Global Mark – Certifying to IEC 62133 2nd Edition
Laurie Florence, Principal Engineer, UL LLC
In December 2012, IEC has released a 2nd edition of the IEC 62133 standard after 10 years of the 1st edition.  The second edition’s requirements have some differences between the first edition.  This presentation will help manufacturer’s better understand the impact of the standard on the battery and battery operated devices.

Analytical Methods for Characterizing Battery Materials
Sanjay Patel, Ph.D, Director of Analytical Services, Evans Analytical Group
Advanced batteries used in mobile devices require good performance at low cost and meet safety requirements. While the industry works to improve batteries used in these devices, there are many challenges with analyzing the complex electrode materials that are inside every battery. Electrochemical processes that occur during battery charge/discharge cycles need to be understood in order identify unwanted side reactions that cause degradation in battery performance. In addition, good battery reliability and safety requires consistency in material quality at every manufacturing step. In this presentation, we show how selecting the appropriate analytical technique results in improvements in R&D and better control of material quality during manufacture. We will present data on a study where we analyze a range of electrode materials prior to battery manufacture and show how impurity levels affect battery performance.

4:30 pm

Extended Producer Responsibility: The EU Battery Directive Goes Global
Ofira Varga, Senior Consultant, 1WEEE Services GmbH
After almost seven years of the Battery Directive, producers of batteries and electronic products containing batteries face an increased number of battery take back and recycling legislations worldwide. More and more markets such as Brazil, Canada, Japan and Israel are implementing regulatory frameworks which, in some cases reflect the rules established by the European Battery Directive in others the national rules on waste batteries are based on a different approach. With this in mind, global acting companies are constantly facing new or wider producer responsibilities with respect to waste batteries. The presentation will provide an overview on the principle of producer responsibility of waste batteries, it will summarize the key obligations of producers of batteries and electronic products containing batteries and will outline regulatory differences such as the scope and financing and take back obligations in selected jurisdictions.

Finding an Independent Third Party Battery Testing Lab
Tom O’Hara, Global Business Manager, Intertek
There are many reasons why battery manufacturers prefer to partner with independent third party battery testing laboratories. Manufacturers’ testing needs can range from the need for regulatory and safety certification to simple A to B performance comparisons. This presentation will provide an overview of the battery testing laboratory industry, discussing why manufacturers need third party testing, reviewing the types of testing services available and explaining the credentials and accreditations of testing laboratories. During the presentation, we will discuss the following accreditations: OSHA’s NRTL, A2LA, SWEDAC, CTIA’s CATL for ANSI C18/IEC 60086-1 and IEEE 1725 and 1625 safety standards and the role of data acceptance programs.

5:00 pm    Cocktail Reception

Friday, June 7th

8:00 am    Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens/Continental Breakfast

8:30 am    Keynote Presentation

Wireless Power Panel
George Gerwe, Director of Business Development, RRC Power Solutions
Tim Shafer, Sr. Director, Marketing, Inductors Division, Vishay
Bill  Von Novak, Principal Engineer, Qualcomm
Colin McCarthy, Product Marketing Specialist, WiTricity Corp.
Join this panel of wireless power experts as they discuss developments in wireless power, including standards, technology updates and breakthroughs. Hear application specific challenges to improve performance and efficiency and  how to make the technology mainstream. Discover the expectations from the manufacturer to the OEM to the consumer.

9:40 am    Featured Presentation

MIPI Alliance Specification for Battery Interface
Pekka Leinonen, Director, Nokia
The MIPI Alliance Specification for Battery Interface V1.0 (BIF V1.0) was adopted by MIPI board in February 2012. The fundamental requirement for a battery interface is to provide a method to communicate enough information to ensure safe and efficient charging in any environmental conditions. While low cost battery interface supports battery chemistry and capacity detection for basic safety, a smart battery interface with security features can offer strong protection against use of counterfeit batteries, providing a safer solution for mobile terminal end users. BIF V1.0 is currently available for all MIPI Alliance Member Companies. V1.1, is planned to be backwards compatible with V1.0. BIF is a low cost, slow speed, single ended, single wire, master to multi-slave interface. In addition to physical and protocol layers, BIF includes data structures that enable different battery functions, both MIPI defined and manufacturer defined.

10:15 am    Networking Break

10:30 am

Thermal Protection for Lithium Cells in Ultra-Thin Portable Electronics
Barry Brents, Application Engineer, TE Circuit Protection
Designers are turning to high-capacity LiP (Lithium Polymer) cells to optimize space in media tablets, ultra-thin PCs and other slim electronic devices. At the same time, battery suppliers have been challenged to find ultra-compact overtemperature protection devices that are compatible with the higher discharge currents typically found in these applications. In response to these new technology requirements, TE Circuit Protection has developed the MHP-TA (Thermally Activated) series of ultra-low-profile resettable thermal cut-off (TCO) devices for lithium battery protection. The presentation will cover the key end-market and battery market trends driving the need for this new circuit protection technology. It will provide an overview of the MHP-TA technology concept, device design, an application example and technical advantages.

In-Situ Coating Techniques for the Design of Safer Cells
Christopher Lang, Group Leader, Energy Technologies, Physical Sciences, Inc.
Higher performance, safer secondary batteries are necessary to meet the demands of current and future electronic devices.  Increasing energy densities of batteries tighten the required tolerances and the potential for catastrophic system failure. Recent research efforts have been successful in developing novel coating techniques that significantly improve the abuse tolerance of cells.  This presentation will summarize these efforts and highlight the performance benefits these technologies offer.

11:10 am

Understanding Battery Behavior in Multi-Cell Configurations
Bor Yann Liaw, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
Portable power electronic applications require reliable and safe operation of battery packs. The operation of such battery systems in portable devices is inevitably becoming more complicated. To meet the power and energy demands in these applications, multi-cell configurations are often required for the applications. The safety and reliability of these battery systems hinges on better understanding of the battery performance in the multi-cell configurations. Here we discuss the study of three-cell strings to derive useful information regarding the performance and aging behavior of the cells in the strings. With vigorous data analysis using techniques such as incremental capacity analysis as functions of battery selection and SOC, we found that the SOC and SOH of multi-cell strings can be determined by the rationalization of battery behavior. The process explains how the limiting cell is identified and how such cell affects performance in the multi-cell configurations.

Nanofiber/Microfiber Lithium Ion Battery Separators
Dr. Brian Morin, CEO, Dreamweaver International, Inc.
Current stretched porous film battery separators for lithium ion batteries are thin, strong, and provide a good barrier between electrodes, at the cost of having very high internal resistance and low ionic flow.  In this work, linear nanofibers and microfibers are combined in wet laid nonwoven processes to give separators that are strong and thin, but have higher porosity (60 percent) and much higher ionic flow.  Batteries made with these separators are able to give similar performance at much higher electrode coat weights, reducing the surface area of both current collectors and separator and also the volume of electrolyte needed.  Applications include all power source applications that require high energy density, high power, high temperature stability, including cell phones, laptop and tablet computers, power tools, and electric and hybrid vehicles.

11:45 am    Networking Lunch

12:45 pm

Cutting the Cord: Choosing a Battery Architecture to Satisfy Product & Safety Requirements
Ryan Striker, Senior Electrical Engineer, Logic PD
In markets ranging from industrial to military to consumer and medical, user expectations have been raised by the smart phone. Application-specific devices are now expected to have a touchscreen and be portable, compact and lightweight. The aims to be portable and compact often find themselves at odds. Products could be smaller if on-demand power were delivered through a power cord. But portable devices must cut the cord, and so batteries are implied. Experience has shown multiple ways to safely and efficiently integrate batteries into an overall system design. Different products value different parameters and different approaches are appropriate to each. The chosen architectures for recent medical and consumer devices will be presented and discussed.

Battery Management in High Power, Compact and Low Cost Applications via Impedance Spectra-Based Dynamic  Voltage Correlation
Yandong Zhang, Algorithm Engineer, Texas Instruments
Discover the dynamic voltage correlation (DVC) technology that enables accurate capacity gauging without a sense resistor. In DVC technology, we treated the battery itself as a sensor resistor and the current and the passed coulomb are estimated from the measured voltage by using the voltage-current correlation.  Then other batteries states (OCV, SOC, FCC) are obtained based on the estimated current (and passed coulomb). For characterization of batteries’ voltage-current correlation, we developed a comprehensive battery impedance model so that batteries’ fast, middle and slow dynamic processes are all covered. The battery impedance model includes several hundred parameters and these parameters can be automatically generated after a set of standard tests.

1:25 pm    Featured Presentation

From Processor to Power: The Copernican Moment for
Portable Devices
Sam Jaffe, Senior Research Analyst – Energy, Pike Research
For the last three decades, portable device designers focused their decisions around the processor. It determined size and specifications of everything else in the device. That is now undergoing a transformation: the power supply (battery, BMS and charging controller) is now the central design decision of any portable device. A better battery has more of a sales impact than any increase in speed of the processor. This presentation will focus on how batteries will impact the portable power market in the coming years. New market research models by Pike Research will be revealed, including the overall market size and ten year forecast for batteries  for the consumer electronics, portable power tool and other markets (non-traction automotive, mining, defense, etc.) The talk will also explore the place of emerging battery technologies (new lithium ion formulations and beyond Li-Ion concepts) in this new battery-centric universe.

2:00 pm    Conference Conclusion