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Future Battery Technology

10:00 - 10:05
Address & Welcome
The Future of Battery Technology Conference spans both days of the event, filled with high-calibre speakers from the Battery research, development and manufacturing markets. From the C-level executives of some of the world’s most well-established Electronics Manufacturers, to the most exciting rising stars of the start-up world: expect to be immersed in the most exciting market developments and emerging technologies.

In this session, our Track Host for the day sets the tone for the exclusive, never-seen presentations, high-ranking research, and the revolutionary concepts which will grace the stage today.

John Weir, Director, The Battery Technology Show

10:10 - 10:30
Battery Technology: A UK-Centric Vision
This UK-Centric vision will delve into the evolution of the UK energy industry, with an overview of the Government''s strategy to aid and support R&D

Richard Harrington, MP, Parlimentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

10:30 - 11:05
Breakout Discussion: Battery Technology: A Global View
Our panelists discuss the changes in the global battery technology market

Other Discussion Points will include the next, most exciting emerging technologies to be entering the Battery Technology market. Sorting the revolutionary from the rubbish when it comes to technologies such as Gold Nanowire, Flexible/knitted batteries, Solid state lithium-ion, Graphene, Nano, and Liquid Flow batteries.

Louis Brasington, Analyst, Cleantech Group
Jose Lazuen de Zuloaga, Analyst - Electric Vehicles, Battery & Supply Chain, Roskill
Pirmin Ulmann, Co-Founder & CEO,
Billy Wu, Senior Lecturer, Course Leader, Dyson School of Engineering, Imperial College London

11:05 - 11:30
Keynote: The Swedish Gigafactory
In a revolutionary $5 billion project which will culminate in Europe’s largest battery factory, Northvolt have secured an abundance of excitement, prestige and press over the last 12 months. Head of Business Development, Martin Anderlind, presents an overview of the latest successes, contextualising why some of the world’s largest companies are backing this project.

Martin Anderlind, Head of Business Development, Northvolt

11:30 - 12:00
Networking Break
Networking Break

12:00 - 13:00
The Faraday Project :whats next

Our  panel will debate the complexities which effect the Institution and other companies who are working in the Battery Manufacturing pipeline.

Discussion Points:

- Can the UK & Europe ever compete with the European/Global Market?

- What technologies and areas of research are most exciting within the UK sector?

- What is needed to further support UK Manufacturers and researchers of battery technology and the peripheral industries?

Robin Foster, Engineer, HSSMI
David Greenwood, Lead, Advanced Propulsion Team, Warwick Manufacturing Group
Toby Schulz, CTO, Vantage Power
Neil Morris, CEO, The Faraday Institution
Paul Shearing, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Battery Technologies, University College London

13:00 - 13:20
Solid State Batteries – A Next-Gen Technology
The solid-state battery is widely viewed as a game-changer when it comes to the future of energy. This talk will present the most recent findings from the team at internationally renowned Holst Centre, stemming from their research and development of the disruptive technology. Higher energy density combined with increased safety and stability should make this a dream come true – but is this the case?

Dr Unnikrishnan will present the findings of his team at The Holst Centre, arguing the case for this next generation development and the ground-breaking possibilities it provides for the future of energy.

Sandeep Unnikrishnan, R&D Program Manager, High Performance Batteries, Holst Centre

13:20 - 14:20

14:20 - 14:55
Materials Masterclass

There are a plethora of new discoveries within research areas such as electrochemistry, polymers/composite materials, and advanced manufacturing each year which can affect business decisions quickly. When it comes to innovation, everybody wants to be at the forefront, but wading through new research alone is a full-time job – not to mention the cost of investigating and applying new information to an established business model. From material quality, to reputable research sources, to a look at the most promising emerging discoveries, this session looks to take a focussed view of the materials that are being used across the supply chain.

Discussion Points:

  • How can UK Manufacturers/suppliers ensure they are investing in the best technologies?
  • Which are the most exciting new composites & materials?
  • How can Gold, Graphene and new chemistries and polymers contribute to novel battery types?
  • What can the UK do better in terms of material research & application?


Simon Gardner-Bond, Chief Technical Officer, Techmet
Hugh Sutherland, Director, ZapGo
Jonathan Winfield, Senior Researcher & Lecturer, Bristol BioEnergy Centre

14:55 - 15:20
Case Study: The Afterlife – Recycling Lead Batteries
Lead recycling is a colossal business. In 2013, global recycled lead production rose to 6.1 million tonnes, with lead-acid batteries (LABs) being the main application for the material. In Europe and the USA, almost 100% of waste batteries are recycled, and lead itself can be recycled again and again - in theory, perfect for a circular economy. The catch? The toxic “smelter smoke” produced by the recycling process.

In partnership with Cambridge University, Aurelius Technologies are pleased to introduce Fenix-pb: a sustainable and environmentally friendly process for the recycling of lead. CEO of Aurelius, Miles Freeman, will introduce this revolutionary technology, discussing the promising results achieved during the recycling process, and the impact we could see with further adoption as we move towards a more sustainable future.

Miles Freeman, CEO, Aurelius

15:20 - 15:45
A Drop in the Ocean – The Saltwater Battery
A battery which is maintenance-free, completely safe, impossible to overcharge and environmentally friendly – it sounds perfect. So, why isn’t the world running on saltwater batteries? The MD of Blue Sky Energy discusses this relatively young battery technology, along with some predictions for the future of the market.

Thomas Krausse, Managing Diirector, Blue Sky Energy

15:45 - 16:15
Chemical supply for battery production: An exciting UK opportunity
High volume battery cell production is coming to Europe, potentially UK. One of the key questions is whether local supply chains can support large scale production, so – with around three fifths of the value of batteries being chemicals – it is important to understand whether UK chemical companies would be able to supply battery materials. In a first of a kind study sponsored by the UK Advanced Propulsion Centre and the Chemistry Growth Partnership, E4tech examined current and future battery chemical needs for UK cell production and matched these to the UK chemical industry’s capabilities. The work uncovered a multi billion pound supply opportunity and, encouragingly, many UK companies that are already supplying or are preparing to supply the battery industry. The work, which drew upon many industry discussions supported by numerical analysis, has led to deeper links between the UK automotive and chemicals industries to seize this exciting opportunity.

Adam Chase, Director, E4Tech

16:20 - 16:20
Conference Close
Conference closes

10:00 - 10:05
Address & Welcome
The Future of Battery Technology Conference spans both days of the event, filled with high-calibre speakers from the Battery research, development and manufacturing markets. From the C-level executives of some of the world’s most well-established Electronics Manufacturers, to the most exciting rising stars of the start-up world: expect to be immersed in the most exciting market developments and emerging technologies.

In this session, our Track Host for the day sets the tone for the exclusive, never-seen presentations, high-ranking research, and the revolutionary concepts which will grace the stage today.

10:05 - 10:35
Connected Batteries : From Electrochemistry to IOT
Currently there is no real-time monitoring of transportation, charging infrastructure or behind the meter. There is a large opportunity to connect information from:(a) the transportation batteries, (b) the charging infrastructure, (c) behind the meter batteries and (d) the grid and markets. By connecting batteries in the interlinking systems and representing each battery asset by an individual digital twin it is possible to optimize these interlocking systems. This optimization can be focused towards delivering digital services for the different stakeholders in the value chain i.e. preventative maintenance solutions, fleet monitoring, optimized energy trading, battery service stacking etc.

Tim Hughes, Global Principal Scientist: Batteries, Siemens AG, CT REE PXS

10:35 - 11:05
GW Scale Storage Nationally and Internationally
Considers what is required to enable renewables to power the entire grid cost-effectively, without subsidies in a grid run with a level regulatory playing field. Identifies the role of each technology in achieving this. Finishes with a focus on large-scale long-duration storage, which tends to be the neglected element of the solution.

Mark Howitt, Co-Founder & CTO, Storelectric

11:10 - 11:35
Case Study: Integrated Energy Systems
The development of a new battery might not necessarily mean an entire revolution, but instead the refinement of our current materials and manufacturing processes. The focus of the team at the Franhofer Institute is on exactly this, with an eye on new materials and material formulations for electrode, as well as new electrolyte systems and separators. Similarly, the team is investigating further refined manufacturing processes, which could lead to an improvement in cell performance, a reduction in costs and / or a reduction in polluting emissions. Could this mean that a new wave of battery performance could emerge from current technologies? And what would this mean for European battery production?

Andreas Wüersig, Deputy Head, Business Unit, "Power Electronics" & Head of Group, Fraunhofer Institute

11:35 - 12:05
Networking Break
Networking Break

12:05 - 12:30
Powering the Future: Breaking through the Frontier

Kickstarting an afternoon of discussion explicitly around the most exciting market developments, this session is not to be missed if you are looking for exclusive insights which may lead to the next energy revolution breakthrough. Watch this space…

 Discussion Points:

  • Which materials, technologies and institutions should we be looking at more carefully?
  • What considerations are essential for the development of new materials?
  • Which challenges need solving most urgently? i.e. energy density, physical size, safety, security.
  • What will our 2040 batteries look like?
  • Batteries vs. Energy Storage – the future?
  • The Future of the ‘Megabattery’

Julien Amouyal, Head of Energy Storage & Smart City Manager,

12:30 - 12:55
Fireside Chat: The Next Generation of Supercapacitor Materials
Imagine, instead of an electric car being limited to a drive from London to Brighton, technology which could allow the same vehicle to travel from London to Edinburgh - without the need to recharge. Or imagine being able to recharge your mobile phone or laptop to full capacity in just a few short seconds.

Ground-breaking research from the University of Surrey and Augmented Optics Ltd., in collaboration with the University of Bristol, has developed potentially transformational technology which could lead to the development of an ultra-capacity super-capacitor.

Presenting these breakthrough findings are Dr Brendan Howlin and Dr Ian Hamerton, who will contextualise how this new polymer which forms a tough, flexible conductive material, has the potential to open the door to ‘unimaginably exciting developments’.

Could this present scientific advance translate into the very high energy density super-capacitor of the future?

Brendan Howlin, Senior Lecturer, University of Surrey
Ian Hamerton, Reader, University of Bristol

12:55 - 13:20
Making cooling cooler- the power of AI exploited for thermal design
Artificial intelligence proves its unlimited potential today and will only gain in impact in the future.By combining human expertise and the unmatched computing power of AI, it is now possible to develop advanced battery cooling systems that ingeniously redefine the very essence of thermal design. This combination of human expertise and boundlessly creative AI power leads to unique, unrivalled results which we love to share during this presentation.

Lieven Vervecken, CEO, Diabatix

13:20 - 14:15

14:15 - 14:40
The LIGHT Battery Concept – One Year On
Last year saw the unimaginable come to life: a battery which packs unique density. This year, the innovative LIGHT Battery Concept will be installed in a range of BMW i3 series’, with expectations high for success.

Managing Director, Tobias Mayer, will discuss the successes of this project which has secured the attention of some of the world’s largest automotive and electronics manufacturers, along with detailing the next steps for the evolution of the battery.

Tobias Mayer, Managing Director, Lion Smart GmBH

14:40 - 15:20
The Connected Evolution: Protecting the Customer''s High-Value Assets from Cyber Attack
As we evolve towards a more connected future, the threat of cyber-attack is a very real risk. The customer’s batteries and the systems which surround them (i.e. solar, generator, motor, drives and controls) are all high-value assets. How do we ensure they are not susceptible to a cyber-attack that could leave the consumer without power, propulsion, or even injured?

Industry experts and academics from the automotive power train and the renewable energy sector gather together with cyber-physical experts to debate these issues and offer possible solutions.

Chris Mobley, Director & Founder, Blueskytec Ltd
Nigel Mackie, CEO, Blue Sky Tech
Cevn Vibert, Senior Cyber Secure Engineer, Vibert Solutions

15:20 - 15:45
Welding Li:ion Batteries with Blue lasers – A Quantum Step in Performance and Productivity
From foils to leads and busbars, weld joints are very critical to the integrity and performance of Li:ion batteries. Welding of copper, copper to aluminium, and copper to stainless steel has been problematic for ultrasound and infrared lasers techniques. Poor mechanical and electrical performance and particle generations are just a few of the current manufacturing issues. Recent advances in high-power blue lasers are enabling new types of welding for copper and dissimilar metals. They generate low to no-defect joints, thereby increasing their mechanical and electrical performance, and their manufacturing process windows and yields. Additionally, they enable improving energy density. We will report early results of this new welding approach.

Matt Finuf, Applications Manager, Nuburu & Laser 2000

16:15 - 16:15
Conference Closes
Conference Closes

10:30 - 10:40
Opening Address and Welcome
This two-day conference track is designed to inform and enlighten, packed with content from our thought-leading line-up of speakers. From an overview of the UK, European & Global EV markets, to exclusive vehicle case-studies brought to you by the world’s largest automotive brands, this track delivers insight and intelligence from the Key Players at the forefront of hybrid & Electric Vehicle revolution.

If you are interested in how this market is evolving, which are the latest breakthrough technologies, and are looking hear from the champions'' research and development, this is the must-attend conference of the year.

10:35 - 11:00
High level trends in the UK EV market
The UK electric vehicle market is developing rapidly, in terms of EV numbers, vehicle choice and capability, recharging infrastructure, and related technology. But is electrification delivering the intended benefits at the pace required, and what more needs to be done to meet stated objectives? Darran Messem, Chair of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), will provide an overview of the key trends, and a view on how the EV market may develop in coming years.

Darran Messem, Chairman, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

11:00 - 11:25
Why data, not power, will accelerate the transition to EV
The winner of the Mayor Of London''s Civic Innovation Challenge present their unique solution to a lack of charging points in cities.

Paul Ayres, Business Development, Connected Kerb

11:25 - 12:00
Networking break
Networking break

12:00 - 12:25
Keynote: Smart Cells, Smart Decisions
Paul Freeland, Principal Engineer at Cosworth, discusses his vision of the future of electric mobility and the challenges that must be overcome in order to achieve EV market growth in Europe.

His talk will address the task companies face in deciding which technologies to develop and bring to market, and his personal view of the current shift from technology-neutral legislation towards technology-prescriptive legislation which may affect the future market.

Paul Freeland, Principal Engineer, Cosworth

12:25 - 13:05
Breakout Session: Driving Sustainability & Efficiency in the Next-Gen EV

Much of the argument for Electric Vehicles is based around issues of sustainability and environmental concern.  How do we ensure that not only the end result, but all elements of the manufacturing pipeline aren''t hindering our progress within these areas? 

Following on from our Keynote discussion, we open up the conversation across the European market. Our expert panel will discuss more specific technical issues effecting sustainability, including:

Discussion will include:
  • Waste Heat Recovery
  • Cleaning-up the production process
  • Sourcing efficient methods of manufacturing
  • Green Technologies

Kariem Ali, Marketing Consultant, Marketing Arrow
Matthew Bradfield, Director, HEVO Power
Darran Messem, Chairman, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
Paul Turner, Technical Director, Revolve Technologies

13:05 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:20
Keynote: The Power Driving Change
Range anxiety, lack of infrastructure, pressure on the National Grid: these are just some of the concerns that are creating some of the largest barriers to EV uptake in the UK. In a £1.6bn bid, Pivot Power plan to install battery-operated charging stations across the country, to support a cost-effective, reliable, low-carbon energy system and enable rapid adoption of clean transport. The team discuss the technology in-depth, and the wider implications for this installation.

Matthew Boulton, COO, Pivot Power

14:20 - 14:45
Case Study: Uber & The Electric Vehicle
In this study, the UK Lead for Electric Vehicles, James Kirimy, details the world-leading transport company''s strategy for implementing Electric vehicles across its fleets worldwide.Talking in-depth beyond not only the technology, but across the spectrum of the social and economic implications of Electric Vehicle adoption.

James Kirimy, Lead for EVs, Uber

14:45 - 15:05
Protecting IP
Ben Lincoln, patent attorney and partner at intellectual property firm Potter Clarkson LLP, will go through aspects of intellectual property that you should consider during the design and development process of your new products through to release. Recent patent trends in the battery technology space will be analysed alongside tips on how to identify and make the most of your intellectual property.

Ben Lincoln, Partner, Potter Clarkson LLP

15:10 - 15:35
Going the Untaxed Mile
How will governments adjust to protect LDV fuel tax revenues, and what effect will those adjustments have on the timing and shape of the EV market?

Chris Moghtader, Head Analyst, NewsBase Research & Intelligence

15:35 - 16:00
The supply chain challenges of the EV revolution
Global policies advocating for the reduction of transport emissions are pushing automakers towards the mass production of electric vehicles. However, the battery supply chain supporting automakers’ plans is feeling the strains of battery raw materials prices. This paper will analyse how battery companies deal with increasing costs pressures, sometimes closing deals in the raw materials space and applying different existing battery chemistries to meet their goals.

Jose Lazuen de Zuloaga, Analyst - Electric Vehicles, Battery & Supply Chain, Roskill

16:00 - 16:25
Status and Upscale of the FC-Truck Fleet in Switzerland

 In the year 2008, the largest Swiss retailer COOP announced to have a decarbonized operation in place in 2023. Beside measures for reducing CO2-emissions of goods production, real estate and supply chain management, also measures for the on-road transportation fleet were investigated. As an outcome of this investigation, on 4th November 2016 a production plant for green hydrogen, the first public hydrogen refueling station in Switzerland and the worldwide first 34 to fc-truck were presented to the public. 

As a next step in the efforts for decarbonization of transport-mobility and as announced on 19th September 2018, a fleet of 1’000 fc-trucks will be built-up in Switzerland within time period of 2019 to 2023. 

 The presentation will cover the following topics 

- Objectives and economic rational 

- Technology of hydrogen production and supply 

- Technology of 34 to fc-truck and operational experience 

- Upscale of hydrogen production, supply and fc-truck fleet 

Thomas Walter, Director, H2 Energy

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10:30 - 10:35
Opening Address and Welcome
This two-day conference track is designed to inform and enlighten, packed with content from our thought-leading line-up of speakers. From an overview of the UK, European & Global EV markets, to exclusive vehicle case-studies brought to you by the world’s largest automotive brands, this track delivers insight and intelligence from the Key Players at the forefront of hybrid & Electric Vehicle revolution. If you are interested in how this market is evolving, which are the latest breakthrough technologies, and are looking hear from the champions research and development, this is the must-attend conference of the year.

10:35 - 11:00
Powering the electric revolution
  • Launching a disruptive technology business.
  • Taking Nissan cell technology into new markets and applications.
  • Dealing with conflicting requirements across on-and-off-highway vehicle and machine types using a modular battery pack approach.
  • Minimising development costs and reducing time to market, especially for OEMS without inhouse electrification expertise.

Stephen Irish, Founder, Hyperdrive Innovation

11:00 - 11:25
The effect of Engine and battery plant life cycles on BEV market penetration - some unacknowledged truths
This talk will cover the way in which plant life-cycles and capex decisions are in reality a prime governing factor in BEV unit growth rates.

Gavin Don, Director of Research, Newsbase Research & Intelligence

11:25 - 11:45
Networking Break
Networking Break

11:50 - 12:15
Computational Engineering of Electrical Powertrain
In the highly competitive hybrid electric and electric vehicle (HEV/EV) market, powertrain engineers are challenged to increase system efficiency, stability and reliability.

Because the electric powertrain is new and revolutionary technology, automotive industry engineers face the challenge of designing affordable, efficient, stable and reliable hybrid electric powertrain technologies almost entirely from scratch — and in an incredibly compressed time frame.

Engineering simulation helps to expedite and improve electric powertrain development, providing in-depth insights into complex components and systems that guide development through virtual prototyping and testing. Simulation software from ANSYS allows engineers to understand how a design performs under various real-life conditions even before prototyping takes place. Such usage of CAE may well separate the visionaries from the also-rans in the race to replace conventional powertrain technology. Highly complex, electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) powertrains and their subsystems and components must work together in a coherent , tightly coupled way to maximize vehicle efficiency and performance.

ANSYS provides a comprehensive set of simulation software to study a wide range of electromagnetic and multiphysics behaviours found in hybrid, electric and conventional vehicle designs.

Akeel Auckloo, Application Engineer, Ansys

12:15 - 12:40
NOx reduction for diesel hybrid vehicles using ACCT: an innovative technology for ammonia creation from AdBlue™
SCR systems, across sectors, are often limited by their ability to provide sufficient ammonia at low exhaust temperatures. Also, excessive dosing of AdBlue™ can cause damaging deposit build-up.

Ammonia Creation and Conversion Technology (ACCT) is a system capable of continuously converting AdBlue™, on-engine, into a solution of water and ammonium carbamate. This solutionwhen dosed into an exhaust stream, even at temperatures below 100°C, almost immediately forms ammonia. ACCT has great potential for diesel hybrid vehicles, which currently are compromised due to the exhaust heat requirement for function of their emissions systems.

Matthew Capper, Research Associate, Loughborough University

12:40 - 13:05
How the battery industry is collaborating to support responsible lifecycle management and building a closed loop recycling system for the batteries of today and tomorrow.

The lifecycle of a vehicle battery is constantly being innovated to find the most cost-effective way to deliver performance, safety and recyclability. At current volumes, non-lead chemistries allow for various practices for lifecycle management. The Responsible Battery Coalition is working to define the best practices, develop the tools and systems and demonstrate responsible lifecycle management of all batteries. 

This will include: 

  • Current practices for most widely used chemistries today. Including an overview of the environmental impact of these methods. 
  • Key performance indicators that may be applied for future chemistries and higher volumes. And how this can prevent unwarranted regulation while preserving market longevity for a “responsible battery.” 
  • Ongoing and planned research and initiatives to support a circular economy for all battery chemistries.

Steve Christensen, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Responsible Battery Coalition

13:05 - 14:00

14:00 - 14:25
Keynote: The Elite View: Techeetah Formula E
Formula E is the world’s first electric street racing series, defined by real street rivalries, raw electric performance, and renewable energy within reach. Formula E is disruptive in motorsport, redefining the very boundaries of what a sport can be through the unique fusion of entertainment, sustainability, technology and innovation.

Mark Preston, Team Principal of Techeetah, one of the leading teams in Formula E, talks about the challenge of running a team that has to deliver performance through battery development but also helps to develop the electric road car.

Mark Preston, Team Principal, DS TECHEETAH

14:25 - 14:50
Case Study: The Ultimate High-Performance Vehicle
Senior Engineer for Williams F1, Wasim Sarwar, discusses the work the team does in cutting-edge motorsport, aerospace/space and discusses an incredible new project the team are working on for a well-known. A talk of realism, aiming high, of challenges and innovation – this is an exhilarating presentation which should not be missed.

Wasim Sarwar, Senior Battery Systems Engineer, Williams F1

14:50 - 15:15
Preparing for the EV tipping point
Electric vehicles are coming – and fast. There are already around 180,000 on UK roads, and up to one million are expected to join them by 2023. With the recent launch of the government’s Road to Zero strategy and a focus on emissions reduction to meet climate change targets, this presentation will provide insight into the market, its growth, and what is being done to prepare for the mainstream arrival of the electric vehicle.

Tom Callow, Director of Communication, Chargemaster

15:15 - 15:40
Smart Cell Developments
The presentation focuses on how we have combined a smart chip silicon chip set that integrates cell sensing, processing and communications.

The chip includes embedded software, building a functionally safe and feature-rich system. Our partners custom chip has patented RF communications that allows for connections to individual or groups of cells, this communication process see the reduction of large amounts of existing wiring from current EV design.

The data captured allows us to monitor individual cell stacks, providing health, performance, safety information and lifelong data insights. The management data allows for greater response management as well as advanced re-use possibility’s as the real-life info can be interrogated and provide the end of life data needed for reuse.

John Fox, Director, AMTE Power

15:45 - 15:45
Conference Closes
The conference closes


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