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On Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage
10 - 12 June 2019 | Novi, Michigan, USA

Lithium-Ion Battery Reduction & Elimination


12 June / Morning

Lithium-ion battery reduction and elimination: top up charging at speed, including from solar and piezoelectric roads, substitution by fuel cells, new batteries, two routes to 100Wh/kg supercapacitors. Lithium-ion recycling and reuse.

This forum is intended for those who already understand the basics of EV powertrains: 48V mild hybrid, parallel and series full hybrid, including fuel cell hybrid and pure electric. The forum goes deeper into the markets but particularly the technology. It helps you to understand how EV technology will reflect changing choices of vehicle. For example, the move to cities and internet shopping will reduce car demand and increase demand for pure electric delivery trucks. Pollution means even the largest delivery trucks are electrifying and fuel cell versions are currently winning here. There are ten times as many trucks as buses in the world so trucks will, at last, come center stage in EV technology applications. Aircraft and the construction/agriculture/mining sector will become large, exceptionally profitable EV markets with special technological requirements. There will be three times as many solar robot weeders as e-bikes in the world and the largest, most expensive EV powertrains on land will be in mining. Overlaid on all this is the evolution that applies to all of them such as proliferation of self-powered sensors, batteries becoming less of the cost and new types of proliferating motor-generators and power electronics becoming much more of the cost. The transition from components-in-a-box to structural electronics, electrics, magnetics and optics also applies to everything. Learn who, where, why, when and how, including the vital position of China in all this.

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Forum 5 / Agenda

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 1.00pm - 2.00pm


  • 9:00am - 9:30am
  • Registration
  • 9:30am - 9:55am

Why use less or no lithium-ion battery?

    Issues of toxicity, flammability, reliability, life, weight, size, safety in accident or transit, unsuitability for structural electronics, disposal and cost explained. Why changing anode, cathode, electrolyte and format while scaling up output tenfold breaks a basic rule of manufacturing and means that alternatives need to be ready.
  • 9:55am - 10:20am

How Top Up Charging Can Mean Zero To One Fifth Of The Battery Giving More Passenger & Cargo Space or Range.

    Roadside, intermittent catenary, gantry, rail-in-road, solar bodywork, wind turbine on vehicle: experiences from Uganda to Sweden, France to Canada, China and more.
  • 10:20am - 10:45am

SESSION 4

    Small batteries in fuel cell vehicles, 48V mild hybrid cars and trucks, automatic guided vehicles, short range trucks at ports etc tend to get replaced by fit-and-forget-supercapacitors permitting longer cycle life, better regenerative braking, lower cost of ownership, greater safety. Learn the detail and examples: Toyota, Ford, Riversimple, Anhui.
  • 10:45am - 11:15am
  • Networking break
  • 11:15am - 11:40am

What Comes Next With Supercapacitors.

    In 2012, lithium-ion batteries were selling well with only 100Wh/kg. Now there are two routes to that energy density with inherently safer, longer-lived, less toxic supercapacitor variants. Understand boosting pseudocapacitance with non-flammable aqueous electrolytes and boosting hybrid supercapacitors with carbon nanotubes and lithium titanate nanoparticles. Both should give better cycle life and other benefits: where, when? Will we get the no-battery urban bus charging its supercapacitors in minutes as the researchers claim? When? Status of work at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Nippon Chemical, Kinetic Laboratories, Imperial College London etc.
  • 11:40am - 12:05pm

What Happens to The End-of-Life of the Batteries of Electric Vehicles?

    With the rapid development of electric vehicles, what happens to the end-of-life of the batteries of electric vehicles has attracted increasing attention. Extracting raw materials from the batteries through recycling seems to be the 'default' solution. However, at the end of life, those car batteries could still retain 70-80% of their initial capacity which could be further used in less-demanding applications such as stationary storage. IDTechEx will present a ten-year forecast on the second-life battery market size at the global scale. Through case studies with stakeholders across the automotive and energy sectors, key challenges, opportunities as well as business models of battery second use will be analysed and presented.
  • 12:05pm - 12:30pm

Post-Lithium Batteries

    Li-ion batteries (LIB) are the best energy storage technology for mainstream markets, but niche applications require special characteristics, like high power and / or high energy, and a shortage of metals like Cobalt may cause bottlenecks to mainstream LiB supply chains down the road. New battery technologies, such lithium metal or drop in technologies like sodium-ion, can help solve these challenges. IDTechEx will introduce attendees to the world of post-LiB technologies in this session, with detail from global interviews.
  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
  • Questions & Answers
    followed by networking and lunch
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm
  • Lunch

Timings and the agenda are subject to change

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