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The Battery Show powers-up with EV education, innovations at September conference

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 07:00
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Addressing all-things battery, ranging from flashlights to Ferraris, The Battery Show is featuring an amped-up array of educational sessions specifically engineered for the automotive sector.

More than 600 exhibitors and 8,000-plus attendees are expected to participate in the September 11-13 event taking place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. Produced by UBM, publisher of Aftermarket Business World, The Battery Show includes an accompanying Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo.

“Our mission to showcase the various innovations currently happening in the field drives us to constantly provide the most current and top-notch programming affecting attendees and their businesses,” according to show brand director John Lewinski.

“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Donald R. Sadoway and Chelsea Sexton as this year’s keynote speakers to provide our attendees with a first-hand look into current research on the battery industry as well as the tipping point in the electric vehicle revolution,” Lewinski notes, referring to Sadoway’s credentials as a groundbreaking researcher and industry-leading MIT professor combined with Sexton’s long-time advocacy for advanced EV development; her session will focus on “the most overlooked factors for EV success,” including market, policy and infrastructure issues along with discussing the roles of co-enabling technologies.

As a senior advisor to VantagePoint Capital Partners’ clean technology practice, Sexton helped guide the firm’s transportation-related investment priorities, most notably an early stake in Tesla Motors. She is also a co-founder of Plug In America, the largest consumer-oriented pro-EV organization.

Conference Content Director Naomi Price has assembled an extensive lineup of courses related to automotive batteries. Scientists, engineers and executives from top companies such as A123 Systems, Avicenne, Siemens, Ford and General Motors “rigorously reviewed all call-for-speaker submissions to develop a conference of the highest quality and industry relevance.”

  • Michael Sanders, an Avicenne senior advisor, will conduct a session entitled, Rapid Growth, New Applications, Developments & Market Dynamic in Automotive Batteries. Industry growth and regulatory requirements have fueled advances in many next-generational battery technologies, including Lithium-ion, Lithium-sulphur, Lithium-air and solid state. What are the latest developments, safety limitations and best uses for each?
  • Winner of the Progressive Automotive X Prize for its “Seven” battery electric vehicle (BEV), Illuminati Motor Works will have the four-seat car available for inspection, demonstrations and rides following a Ways to Apply Existing Technology to Triple EV Efficiencypresentation by company owner Kevin Smith describing how commercial EVs can achieve a 300 percent increase in efficiency.
  • Henkel’s Eugene Chung and Mark Amberg are to discuss how advanced adhesive technologies can improve battery life and long-term performance, protect critical electronics, enable lightweighting and ultimately reduce investment and operating costs through solutions such as thermal interface materials, printed electronic inks, sealing for cooling chambers, low pressure molding and structural bonding.
  • Testing regarding NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) in hybrids will be covered by Dejan Arsic, key account manager at Mueller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme.

Besides the development of new powertrains and battery concepts, vehicle acoustics are also drastically changing, according to Arsic. “As the combustion engine is not the dominant source for noise and vibration, the perceived acoustics both inside and outside the vehicle is entirely different,” he points out.

“While the overall level is usually way lower, and consequently a possible threat to pedestrians and bicyclists, noises being masked by the combustion engine are suddenly appearing as dominant or even annoying,” says Arsic. “Further, we will present the current state of the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, AVAS, which has been designed to enhance the perception of a vehicle on the road.”

  • Energy & Efficiency Analysis of Electric Vehicles: Results Out of Real-Drive Testsis to be reported on by DEWESoft product manager Bernard Grasel. The grid-to-wheel efficiency of different electric vehicles was determined under real driving conditions. A mobile measurement system was mounted to the vehicles to give comprehensive statements about the energy consumption, driving range and the efficiency of the individual drivetrain components.
  • Mark Stephens, product development engineer at Shape Corp., will conduct a session called Packaging & Protecting Batteries for the Next Generation of Electric Vehiclesin which he will review the current state-of-the art for floor-based battery protection systems – referred to as battery enclosures, trays or capsules. The designs of current production battery trays will be highlighted, showing what is contained in the battery tray as well as why OEMs are trending towards floor-based structures.
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