Battery & Electrification Summit

April 2-3, 2024 | Online

The future of mobility is powered by battery technology.

By 2028, the automotive battery market is expected to generate more than $70 billion in revenue. As the demand for sustainable power alternatives changes mobility design standards, how can engineers successfully prepare for the electric revolution?

Hosted by Battery & Electrification Technology magazine and SAE International, the online Battery & Electrification Summit offers two days of expert insight, innovation, and emerging applications for design engineers and managers. You’ll hear from expert speakers as they discuss the latest technologies, products, and applications needed to successfully navigate this rapidly evolving market.

Check out the detailed program and reserve your spot at the Summit today!

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Event Agenda

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2024

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2024

11:00-11:30 am EDT: Decarbonizing EV Batteries

While sustainability is a major draw for EVs, the industry is still struggling to decrease the embodied carbon emissions associated with EV battery production, which account for up to 60% of all production emissions. There are numerous aspects that affect these emission levels—from material sourcing methods to design choices to manufacturing energy sources—which can manufacturers and others along the supply chain can address to lessen the environmental impact of battery production. Some reports suggest that, with serious effort, a company’s battery production carbon footprint could be reduced by as much as 75% over five years. This session explores some of the many ways for battery companies to address this issue and create a plan for reducing their embodied carbon emissions

11:00-11:30 am EDT: The Road to Solid-State Batteries

Daily news story herald new innovations that will bring about that holy grail of battery design, the solid-state battery. But how close are we to that end goal, or might we never reach it at all? This session explores some of the modern advancements helping make this dream a reality as well as the roadblocks keeping us from creating a successful, scalable solid-state battery.

11:30-11:50 am EDT: Enhancing Battery Test Labs Based on New Technology Trends

The surging market for electric vehicles and advancements in battery technology are driving the need to optimize and introduce new concepts into test laboratories. In this session, attendees will discover the essential lab design modifications needed to tackle new challenges and boost lab performance in a rapidly evolving industry. In addition, it will explore what defines a battery test lab, as this is a crucial starting point to identify what enhancements need to be made.

12:00-12:30 pm EDT: Evolving Possibilities in Electrified Aircraft

Great strides are being made on the way to making commercial electrified air travel feasible. Advancements in energy consumption, material choices, design, and many other areas are taking us closer and closer toward an all-electric sky. This session looks at modern advancements and designs that soon could take zero-emission air travel from dream to reality.

12:00-12:30 pm EDT: 800 Volts and Beyond: Increasing Voltage Systems in EV Batteries

More and more EV manufacturers are shifting away from 400-volt electrical architecture and into 800-volt systems as the higher voltage promises faster charging, longer battery life, and generally more efficient vehicles. However, the higher voltage also brings with it new challenges including the need for more powerful chargers, safety concerns, and higher costs. This session breaks down why higher voltage systems equal better EVs, challenges that must be overcome, and where voltage goes from here.

12:30-12:45 pm EDT: Successfully Setting Up Your Battery Test Lab

Avoid These Common, Costly Missteps You’re ready to set up or upgrade your new battery test lab. Do you have the right components? Safety features? Service plans? Make sure you have the proper setup ready to go that can be easily and quickly maintained and serviced if needed. And don’t forget about planning for future growth! Listen to battery testing expert, Russ Gaubatz as he describes the common missteps he’s seen that have compromised safety, equipment and more.

12:30-12:50 pm EDT: Simulating Electric Motors and Drivetrains

The demand for and development of electric motors has increased exponentially, with hybrid and electric cars expected to make up a significant portion of new car sales in the near future. Designing electric motors and drivetrains that maximize efficiency is crucial for increasing range and reducing battery capacity requirements. The COMSOL Multiphysics® software — and its add-on AC/DC Module and Battery Design Module products — have become an important part of the R&D process for maximizing this efficiency. The software's capability to effectively capture multiphysics effects and apply powerful optimization techniques has empowered engineers to improve efficiency and decrease design costs. This session will provide an overview of the features and functionality in COMSOL Multiphysics® for designing electric motors and drivetrains.

12:45-1:30 pm EDT: Understanding Charging Standards and Regulations

Estimates show that 30% of charging fails, so it is essential that the industry establish ways to make charging a more reliable experience. Those who are invested in the success of charging systems, from manufacturers to engineers and charger repair technicians, must understand the standards, communication protocols, and regulations governing EV charging. This session explains these key knowledge areas to help prepare the industry as charging demand continues to increase.

1:00-1:30 pm EDT: Preparing for and Complying with the EU Battery Passport Requirements

In July 2023, the EU adopted the Battery Regulation Amendment, which aims to foment more sustainable battery development and includes the much-talked-about Battery Passport. The Amendment’s requirements will roll out in phases with the first going into effect later this year — when the third-party verified carbon footprints for any batteries of EVs on the EU market must be available online — and requirement deadlines will continue through the end of 2030. Key of these requirements is the Battery Passport, with requirements beginning in early 2027, which will affect the entire battery value chain of EVs sold in Europe, from cell producers to automotive OEMs to battery recyclers and all in between. This session explores the requirements of the Battery Regulation Amendment, and more specifically the Battery Passport, who they affect, and how to meet them.

1:45-2:15 pm EDT: Developing Better Early Warnings for Thermal Runaway

Though recent and ongoing advancements design and materials have made Li-ion batteries safer, thermal runaway (TR) risks still pose a significant challenge for the reigning leader in the EV battery space. While battery management systems (BMS) offer solutions for TR after a fire begins, research increasingly focuses on early warnings for thermal runaway, which provide advanced notice and allow the BMS to proactively prevent propagation. This session explores early warning technology currently in place and the early warning advancements on the horizon that could increase safety of and public trust in Li-ion batteries.

1:30-1:45 pm EDT: High-Precision, Non-Contact Measurement for Battery Production

Various sensor technologies are applied in battery production — from the early stage of film material to final cell production. Measurement technologies used during numerous manufacturing steps in battery production must fulfil extremely high requirements in terms of accuracy, performance, and robustness. High-precision distance sensors, laser scanners, and sensor systems are essential for precise coating thickness measurements and other applications. It is important to find the right measurement technology with the right sensor for all measurement tasks during the battery-production process. This session reviews measurement solutions for various stages in battery production to help users choose sensors and systems that offer high resolution, temperature stability, and absolute accuracy to ensure quality and consistency for battery requirements.

2:30-3:00 pm EDT: Addressing the Skills Gap

While the number of qualified EV technicians is growing, the growth is not fast enough to keep up with the steadily increasing demand for EVs. Studies indicate a skills gap will be felt as early as 2027 unless a strong effort from the automotive industry encourages more training. This session examines how some manufacturers and others in the industry are working to prevent this gap and what can be done to help.

1:45-2:15 pm EDT: Is V2G the Future of Charging?

Along with the global focus on moving towards all electric transportation have come concerns in the U.S. over the dated energy grid. As we struggle to find ways to provide clean energy at scale, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology stands out as a promising solution. V2G holds opportunities to make power distribution more efficient, expand energy capacity, and reduce charging price and volatility. This session provides a detailed look at how this promising technology works and could help alleviate the strain on the grid.

2:15-2:30 pm EDT: Optimizing Assembly: Integrating Mica and Dielectric Tapes Within EV Battery Packs

Effective dielectric protection can maximize an EV battery pack’s energy density, improve vehicle reliability, and enhance consumer safety. Common dielectric materials include mica and dielectric films. However, bonding these materials to certain pack surfaces can present challenges. Such challenges can lead to issues with pack assembly and possible compromises in battery design. In this session, experts will discuss solutions that enable engineers to optimize assembly and avoid these compromises when integrating dielectric materials. These solutions include new pressure-sensitive adhesive tape technologies designed to help engineers effectively bond mica and dielectric films to challenging surfaces in EV battery packs. The session will also help engineers understand how to identify potentially challenging applications and select a suitable bonding solution.

2:30-3:00 pm EDT: Making EV Batteries More Affordable

Rising consumer costs due to inflation across the U.S. are fueling a shift in consumer demand from luxury vehicles to more economical ones, as many OEMs have discovered over the last few years. This demand is driving the need for battery developers to make their products more affordable — and fast — whether through using and developing innovative technology, shortening supply lines, depending on more modern energy sources, or other methods. This session takes a look at some of the many areas for cost reduction that can help companies meet the growing demand for more affordable EVs and batteries

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