Topics: Advanced Technologies
This course provides an introduction to the concepts of hybrid vehicles, their missions and role of batteries to meet requirements. Battery topics including limitations, trends in hybrid development, customer wants and needs, battery system development timelines, comparison of electrochemistries and safety will be examined. Current offerings, cost factors, pack design considerations and testing will also be reviewed. Participants will perform a battery pack analysis exercise using a real world application.
By attending this course, you will be able to:
This course is primarily intended for vehicle systems engineers, battery system integration engineers, testing engineers, electrical engineers and thermal management engineers recently assigned to their roles or returning to hybrid or electric vehicle programs. It will also be beneficial to those involved in the specification, design, development, testing and planning of hybrid vehicle programs. Product planners and program managers will find the overview aspects helpful.
Material presented will be practical in nature with basic mathematics used to describe quantitative measures. An undergraduate degree in electrical or electromechanical engineering will assist in gaining maximum benefit from the material presented. Experience or training in battery electrochemistry is helpful, but not essential.
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
Mr. Spek is an advisor and seminar leader for battery and cell manufacturers, vehicle OEMs and utility grid users of energy storage systems. He is also a consultant in the field of energy storage systems focusing on applications, verification testing, cell and battery production facilities safety and sodium ion battery development. His industrial work has been with GE, Black and Decker, ABB, Magna International and ThinkCoulombic Inc. Battery technologies development has included NaS, Zebra, NiMH and Li-Ion. Mr. Spek is co-holder of a patent for next generation sodium metal chloride architecture for low cost and high energy density. He has authored articles on Weibull statistics for battery life and BEV range modeling and has been active in the battery industry since 1984. Mr. Spek is a member of SAE International and is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer with SME. He received an M.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Kevin Konecky recently joined Byton Automotive as Director of Powertrain; responsible for all development and design activities for the high-voltage powertrain. Byton is a newer global company developing an innovative and connected long-range electric vehicle. Recently, as an Energy Storage Systems consultant for Total Battery Consulting, where he’s worked with a number of companies in the field of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for automotive, stationary and consumer applications. Mr. Konecky has been a career-long proponent of strong product development and validation plans that ensures a robust product for production. Mr. Konecky has worked in the advanced vehicle and battery industry for 20 years at Fisker Automotive, General Motors, EnerDel, Cobasys and Lockheed Martin. Mr. Konecky has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY) and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue (IUPUI-Indianapolis, IN).