Breakfast Breakout Discussion Groups

Grab coffee and breakfast and join a discussion group. These are moderated discussions with brainstorming and interactive problem solving, allowing conference participants from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and experiences and develop future collaborations around a focused topic.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 | 7:30 – 8:30 AM

TABLE 1: Second Use of Lithium-ion Battery (LIB)

Moderator: Bhavya Kotak, MEng, Research Associate, The Lab of Professor Hans-Georg Schweiger, Safe Electromobility, University of Applied Science Ingolstadt

  • Area of application
  • Challenges faced for the repurposing
  • Efficiency and effectiveness
  • Analyzing the economic viability and developing the business model

TABLE 2: Facilitating Secondary-Use and Battery Recycling 

Moderator: Steve Tolen, Chairman, SAE Secondary Battery Use Committee, President/CEO, Indie Power System

  • What roles do battery packs and battery management systems have on the recycling process?
  • How can recorded data and tracking of batteries be improved?
  • What infrastructure is needed to facilitate secondary-use and recycling?

TABLE 3: Active Charging and Energy Management of Lithium-Ion Batteries 

Moderator: Sheldon Williamson, PhD, Professor and NSERC Canada Research Chair in Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification, Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering, University of Ontario 

  • What are the existing techniques for fast charging Li-ion battery packs?
  • What are the benefits of the new CT-CV charging at cell-level?
  • Can it be extended to pack and integrated with active battery management systems?

TABLE 4: End-of-Life Materials

Moderator: Lauren Crandon, PhD, Researcher, OnTo Technology, LLC

  • What hazards can make batteries unsafe for transport?
  • How is candidate material reclaimed?
  • How can this be profitable?
  • Biggest challenges facing the industry?


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM

TABLE 5: Solid-State Batteries

Moderator: Yuan Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University

  • Comparison of different types of solid electrolytes.
  • Key challenges in solid-state batteries.
  • Strategies for scalable manufacturing

TABLE 6: Lab-Based X-Ray Diagnostics for Li-Ion Batteries and Systems

Moderator: Donal Finegan, PhD, Battery Researcher, Vehicle Electrification, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Leveraging multi-scale X-ray CT to understand cell performance and safety
  • Making the most of X-ray data via advanced segmentation and quantification methods
  • Lab-based or synchrotron? A discussion on what’s needed
  • Interest and potential for rapid screening of defects using lab-based methods

TABLE 7: Academia-Industry Partnerships for Battery Safety Research

Moderator: Ankur Jain, PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington  

  • Benefits of academia-industry partnerships
  • Making synergistic progress on battery safety research
  • Sharing of experimental data and models

TABLE 8: Fast Charging 

NEW: Moderator: Xiao-Guang Yang, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

  • What has been the biggest hurdle to creating weather independent EVs
  • What implications does this have on the EV market?
  • What hurdles remain in increasing the number of EVs on the road?