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Future of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

Battery Engineering & Design

A discussion on extending battery life, optimising range & performance and battery pack design

Simon Gardner-Bond, Chief Technical Officer, Techmet
Christian Meisner, Head of Sales, Keysight Technologies

The UK’s battery testing capability: Does the UK have enough… A gap analysis of the testing demands and current and projected supply.

Developing a battery supply chain for automotive and other transport applications sits at the heart of the objectives for the Faraday Battery Challenge. Battery testing is key to developing and delivering Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles, which supports the UK’s important automotive sector supply chain including engineering, test and development industries. So far there is little overview on what the demand is for battery testing & what capacity and capabilities exist in the UK. This presentation will address this knowledge gap and make recommendations of ways to support the automotive sector, and how to capitalise on the emergence of a UK battery supply chain.

Guy Bates, Consultant, E4Tech

Safety in battery testing

Creating a suitable environment for the accurate testing of vehicles

Peter Miller, Chief Engineer - Battery, Millbrook

Protecting from cyber attack

As we evolve towards a more connected future, the threat of cyber attack is now very real. Batteries and the system that surround them are all high value assets - but how do we ensure they are not susceptible to cyber attack?

Chris Mobley, Director & Founder, Blueskytec Ltd

Battery Diagnosis as a Service based on Field Data

The relevance of data-driven, telemetry based battery data analysis and diagnosis will increase with shortening product cycles, shorter a-priori testing time and readily available connectivity services. The specific challenges of data preprocessing, modell-free and self-learning algorithms required for this purpose will be addressed within this presentation.

Claudius Jehle, Team Leader, Fraunhofer

The key to a reliable leak testing process in battery production
Since the first project with a well-known German car manufacturer in 2012, where we developed a unique filling process to test the fully assembled battery pack, ZELTWANGER has carried out more than 80 projects with around 30 different customers in in the environment of high-voltage batteries. The key to a reliable leak testing process might be an easy one. But there are a lot of influencing factors, which must be considered. One factor is the pure test item itself, which can be the assembled battery pack or module, the empty battery housing, the pressure equalization item or the cooling circuit. But there are a lot of more elements having influence on the results on which we will focus in the presentation by analyzing both the environment of the leak testing spot in the production line as well as the key process itself, that is leak testing.

Anthony Nobel, Head of Business Development, ZELTWANGER Group

– Next Generation Batteries – Solid State & Silicon Anodes
Market for Solid-State Batteries in Different Applications

Stemming from increased safety and energy storage per weight/volume requirements, solid-state batteries are being developed for applications of increasing size. Among 8 suppliers that offer solid-state batteries for sale in 2019, the application focus is moving from micro-scale (e.g. IOT sensors) to small-scale applications (e.g. high-end consumer electronics). Despite the urgent need for higher driving range at lower costs in the automotive sector, it will likely still take more than 5 years until automotive solid-state batteries will be market-ready because of demanding longevity and fast charge/discharge requirements. An analysis of patent portfolios by key players reveals the challenge of achieving higher energy density without increased technology risk. The combination of solid-state batteries with supercapacitors may accelerate time-to-market in the automotive sector.

Pirmin Ulmann, Co-Founder & CEO,

A flexible model structure applied to LTO and other commercial Li-Ion cells
Development of a testing, data analysis and modelling process that allows for creation of a equivalent circuit model that adapts its structure with temperature to retain physical relevance across the operating range. The flexibility of this platform is shown in it’s application to Li-ion and LTO cells

Michele Braglia, Senior Engineer, Horiba Mira

Using a crisis to focus the mind - the need for flexible assets in achieving net zero

A look at the energy grid, how it works and a focus on energy storage. The presentation will also look at flexible assets in the circular economy with case studies on second-life batteries from Nissan leaf cars used for commercial storage, and how Veolia''s 6,000 vehicle fleet is being electrified and powered from Energy Recovery Facilities (energy from waste).

Albena Ivanova, DSR & Battery Storage Lead, Veolia

The Future Role of Energy Storage in Aerospace
Since the implementation of the fly-by-wire in the 80s, Airbus has been an international reference in the incremental electrification of the aerospace sector. In the recent years, a new disruptive electrification has arrived, impacting propulsive aspects on new applications like Urban Air Mobility, High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites, Space… Energy Storage Systems play a critical role, and battery technologies in particular are expected to provide extremely challenging performances. The presentation will assess the current challenges and the future role of batteries expected for aerospace applications.

Bruno Samaniego Lopez, Team Leader, Defence & Space, Airbus

The rise of the lithium ion battery megafactories
A look at the rise of lithium ion battery megafactories and what will be happening out to 2028, and also a focus on raw material availability. 

Robert Colbourn, Manager, Benchmark Minerals

Solid State Batteries for EV -An update on ilika’s Goliath program and an industry TRL overview

Companies and research across the world are developing solid state cells for EV. The theoretical benefits over current Li-ion technology are clear. It is important for the UK OEM’s and powertrain designers to have a deep and early understanding of cell performance and its influence on future product performance. Ilika is one of a small number of UK companies active in SSB cell development for EV.

John Tinson, VP Sales, ilika

Why are the questions we ask so important for supplying a battery standby system?
What parameters affect the size of a battery in an industrial application > The presentation runs through temperature variations, load profiles, autonomy, aging factors, design factors and other factors vital to an effective solution.

Neil Howlett, Business Development Manager PB Design & Developments,

– Smart Battery Management for Complex Systems
- The functionality of the BMS
- Security and crosslinking of safety functions

Steve Christensen, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Responsible Battery Coalition

Protecting IP
This presentation 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

Simulation Workflow to Optimize the Thermal & Electrical Performance of a Battery Pack System

The session discusses Full Three Dimensional Transient Thermal Management Assessment (e.g. Thermal Run Away, Current Imbalance, Statistical Variation etc.) Battery Cooling Plate Design, Coolant Flow / Thermal footprint Optimisation.

Dr Royston Jones, , Altair

-Production of Electrode Masses for LIB and Supercaps in the Laboratory and Production Scale

The lecture covers following topics–

  • Mixers for cathode and anode raw material preparation and electrode masses of actual and next generation batteries/supercaps and production technologies
  • MixSolver® units for preparation of coating slurries for electrode & separator coating combined with ability of in-line rheometry for quality check and automatic cleaning systems. From powder to slurry in a few minutes generating superior battery characteristics
  • EVACMIX® single unit preparation process for bubble free coating slurries and EIRICH CONTI FEEDER process for continuous slurry supply
  • Smart system concepts covering raw material handling and storage, dosing and mixing/dispersing explained using the example of the UK BIC production plant

Stefan Gerl, Head of Process, Eirich

The future of electric commercial vehicles
Where is the market headed and what factors will play a part in its success or failure ?

Tim Campbell, MD, Campbells Consultancy

The Future of Performance

From Racetrack to Road - a look at how the industry is optimising range & performance as well as battery pack design

Wasim Sarwar, Senior Battery Systems Engineer, Williams F1
Angus Lyon, CEO, Rockfort Engineering

The UK Electric Vehicle Sector

Opportunities and challenges

Stephen Latham, NFDA Head of Operations and Head of NFDA Commercial Vehicle Division, NFDA

Generative Engineering: Automatically Creating and Evaluating Powertrain Concepts

Innovating powertrain designs by moving to hybrid or electric vehicles entails a lot of design decisions on a conceptual level. For example, how many electric motors to use, if a transmission is used and which one, how to combine the torque of the electric motor(s) with the combustion engine are open questions. This presentation will introduce a methodology which enables the automatic generation and evaluation of mechatronic system concepts, based on a model, formalizing expert knowledge in an easy-to-use graphical language. The resulting concepts may be evaluated with respect to multiple performance criteria, like fuel consumption, acceleration, cost and reliability.

Johan Vanhuyse, Research Engineer, Siemens

Alternative cells for alternative products
A new chemistry is often available to the selective few, with major OEM’s dominating world cell procurement, what hope for the smaller producer looking to differentiate. AMTE Power was at the heart of Lithium ion development since its commercialisation in the late 1990’s. Our plant is a full scale prototyping facility that has helped inventors, Academics and chemists develop new cells and alternative solutions to the world energy needs. We face an interesting development challenges in cell design, due to the large scale industrialisation of cells, there is little appetite to design new chemistry’s, when the world production is pre sold without much effort. Clearly this leaves some markets faced with little choice other than to develop products or services that are not optimised for local conditions. The primary focus on cell design is also driven by global automotive OEM’s who still see range anxiety as there holy grail. At AMTE we don’t follow this approach, we look to design and develop cells that match the market and offer different solutions to the mass producers. Our new ULTRA range has been designed to offer customers performance to enhance and differentiate at a product design level, with performance levels exceeding 50c our energy storage cells provide High power solutions in formats unavailable to most.

John Fox, Strategic Business Development Director, AMTE Power

The right choices for energy storage: using market needs, technology advancements and whole solutions
Hydrogen fuel cell technology is commonly dismissed by the current mainstream electric vehicle (EV) development fraternity as a technology which is beyond the horizon. However, a combination of factors perhaps now set a scene where Hydrogen will start to make real inroads to a wider world of electrification. 

Jeremy Bowman, Engineering Director, Hypermotive

C-Ion: Next Generation capacitive energy storage as an enabler for electric and autonomous mobility.
ZapGo based in Oxford, UK is developing Carbon-Ion (C-Ion) technology for mass deployment of electric and autonomous vehicles. The technology has the potential to remove barriers to adoption through reducing cost and improving driver experience.

C-Ion are electrostatic or capacitive energy storage devices that use different materials to conventional supercapacitors. This leads to a safe and sustainable product which easier to recycle at the end of life.

C-Ion operate will hold more energy than conventional supercapacitors, making them less expensive for grid deployment, enabling EV fast charging. Different form factors are also being developed for use as structural components of vehicles.

Hugh Sutherland, Head of Technology, ZapGo Ltd.

The Importance of Lithium for the Development of Electric Cars
There is a fantastic momentum around the development of Electric Vehicles across the world and Europe is investing billions of Euros to transform its auto industry and become a leader in electrified mobility. The continent is also starting to welcome large investments for lithium-ion battery factories but further upstream, in lithium mining and refining, Europe is lagging behind. Infinity Lithium and its San Jose project in Extremadura, Spain, represents a strategic investment supporting the development of a more integrated and regionalised lithium-ion battery and auto industry.

Jeremy Wrathall, CEO, Cornish Lithium

The E Mobility Roadmap

The Global Provider for a new market

Gianfelice D'Ippolito, Head of E-Mobility, Comau

Coming soon...
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An Electric Future for Coventry - Motor City UK

Ian Flynn, Inward Investment Manager, Invest in Warwickshire

Smart Cells, the Intelligent Approach for Better Batteries

The UK-ABSC Project was instigated to investigate and develop the benefits available from Smart Cell technology. The main partners Cosworth, Dukosi and AGM Batteries, together with assistance from Warwick Manufacturing Group have delivered a battery pack to demonstrate the integration of smart cell technology into the next generation of automotive battery packs. This presentation outlines the goals, approaches, learning and results of this project, and the benefits offered to each stage in the battery life-cycle, from cell formation through to end of life.

Speaker - Paul Freeland, Principle Engineer, Cosworth

48v Mild Hybrid Battery Packs:

Mild hybridisation, using a 48V system architecture offers fuel consumption benefits approaching those achieved using high-voltage systems, at a much lower cost. To maximise the benefits from a 48V mild-hybrid system, it is desirable to recuperate during deceleration events at as high a power level as possible, whilst at the same time having a relatively compact and low cost battery pack. This presentation examines the battery requirements for a mild-hybrid application and showcases testing of a mild-hybrid battery, recently developed by MAHLE Powertrain, which is capable of a continuous-power capability of more than 10 kW and a peak-power rating of up to 20 kW.

Mike Bassett, Director, MAHLE

Electric Nation, EV’s on the grid

The presentation will be about our Electric Nation trials, which looks at how EV drivers charge their EV’s at home and the impact this will have on the electricity distribution network. We will also look at how smart charging and Time of Use tariffs effect behaviours and how these may be used to help the network in the future.

Ricky Duke, Innovation and Low Carbon Network Engineer, Western Power

The EV Market- Growth and opportunities.

WMG is running a programme to support UK manufacturers that are currently supplying or have an interest in supplying to the EV sector. Find out about the current electric vehicle(EV) market and growing opportunities for component suppliers. Find out about the support available to help you become part of the EV supply chain. THE READY FOR ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME is developing a UK supply base for the current and future EV market by offering practical and technical support to businesses, by connecting the whole supply chain from SME to OEM to help UK manufacturers to understand thechallenges and get ready for the opportunities.

Simon Garwood, Innovation Manager, WMG

From Bolts to Volts
A view on technology trends in emerging automotive EV markets

David Hudson, Head of Vehicle & Powertrain Engineering, Tata Motors

HEV - The Challenges & Opportunities

This session will look at the costs of implementing electric and fuel cell vehicles into HEV fleets.

Alistair Hayfield, Research Director, Interact Analysis

Alternative battery systems - are hydrogen cars the future ?

A discussion on hydrogen as a viable alternative fuel and its real world applications as well as a look at what the future holds.

Louis Brasington, Analyst, Cleantech Group
Dr Chris Mobley, Blueskytec,
Rob Dale, Account Director, Connect
Amanda Lyne, Managing Director, ULEMco


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