Energy & Propulsion Conference & Exhibition

November 12-14, 2024 | Columbus, Ohio

Connect with Key Players in Propulsion and Powertrain

Join us at the Energy & Propulsion Conference & Exhibition in November

The 2024 Energy & Propulsion Conference & Exhibition (formerly known as Powertrains, Fuels & Lubricants) is where the most promising new mobility technologies and pathways to electric propulsion and fuel efficiency will be revealed. From November 12-14, 2024, join leading scientists and design engineers from OEMs, academia, supplier companies and beyond to connect, collaborate and explore how to move powertrain performance forward as investment in electrical vehicles (EVs) grows around the world.

No one-size-fits-all solution will work across applications. That's why Energy & Propulsion offers content for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as on-road mobile machinery. A broad scope of topics will be covered, with a focus on new and developing technologies designed to meet clean and sustainable powertrain performance standards and regulations. No stone will be left unturned: We’ll cover hybrids, fuel cells, synthetic fuels, innovative ICEs and other avant-garde powertrain systems, as well as their components.



Event Venue

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
50 N 3rd Street
Columbus, OH 43215

New for 2024!

EV/hydrogen infrastructure track – focusing on industry, state, and federal agencies working together to expedite the development of a low carbon energy infrastructure.

In addition to the powerhouse technical program, you’ll make connections that fuel new solutions and opportunities through unparalleled networking opportunities:

  • Dedicated networking breaks and lunches
  • Special industry networking receptions
  • Engaging with exhibitors on the dynamic show floor


See what you missed in 2023!


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The 2024 Energy & Propulsion Conference & Exhibition technical program is planned in cooperation with the Coordinating Research Council (CRC).

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Casal Kulzer

Chair in Automotive Powertrain Systems, IFS Institute of Automotive Engineering, Univ. Stuttgart FKFS Board of Management, FKFS Automotive R&D

André Casal Kulzer is Professor at the Institute for Automotive Powertrain Systems, University of Stuttgart since January 2022. Prof. Kulzer received a MSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Lisbon in 1999 and a PhD. degree from University of Stuttgart in 2004. For his PhD. thesis he received the TR100 Award in 2004 from MIT’s Technology Review - "one of the world’s top young innovators under 35". After receiving is PhD. he held the position of Senior Researcher and various Management positions at Robert Bosch GmbH in Schwieberdingen till 2011. From 2012 till 2021 he was Manager for Advanced Development Powertrain, together with Synthetic Fuels and Electrified Powertrain Concept Development at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG in Weissach. His former and actual research interests range from electromobility, hybridisation, combustion, emissions, powertrain systems virtual development, artificial intelligence, and Life- Cycle-Analysis over to hydrogen and E-Fuels topics.

Dr. Laurent Pilon

Program Director, ARPA-E

Laurent Pilon is a Program Director at ARPA-E with interest in materials and manufacturing for energy applications including electrical energy storage. Pilon, joined ARPA-E from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he is a Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. At UCLA, Pilon is engaged in a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects at the intersection of interfacial and transport phenomena, and material science for the development of sustainable energy conversion, storage, and efficiency technologies. He has authored more than 200 archival journal publications. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (2005), the Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer (2008), and the Heat Transfer Memorial Award (2021) from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is a Fellow of ASME. Pilon received his BS and MS in Applied Physics from the Grenoble Institute of Technology, France and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2002.

Presentation: Technology Needs for a Circular EV Battery Supply Chain

More than 50% of all vehicles on the road globally are expected to be electric by 2050. The surge in electric vehicle (EV) demand will be accompanied by a surge in EV battery waste, albeit with a 10-20 year delay depending on conditions of use. Recycling is typically put forth as the solution of choice for managing spent battery waste. However, current recycling technologies are energy intensive, emit significant quantities of greenhouse gases, and recover only a fraction of the battery mass, sending the rest to landfills. Moreover, as less expensive battery chemistries are introduced, the economics of recycling become more challenging as less high-value metals (e.g., cobalt or nickel) can be recovered. Circular economy concepts applied to EV batteries suggests that they should be designed and manufactured with the end of life in mind while considering recycling as a process of last resort. These strategies emphasize the need for material selection, design, and manufacturing strategies that can maintain battery materials, cells, and packs at their highest level of performance for as long as possible and facilitate disassembly at the end of life. This keynote will present ongoing efforts at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to advance high-risk high-impact transformational technologies to achieve a circular battery supply chain through (A) material regeneration and innovative cell designs; (B) modular pack designs, reversible manufacturing methods, and autonomous robotic disassembly to facilitate repair, remanufacture, and recycling; and (C) advanced cell-level sensing methods to prolong the battery life while ensuring safety. Such technologies could offer new business opportunities and have the potential to reduce demand for pristine materials and to lower the energy burden, the lifetime cost, and the carbon footprint associated with EV production and operation, and thereby maximize the environmental benefits of vehicle electrification.


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