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Solid-State Batteries: Innovations, Promising Start-Ups, & Future Roadmap

14-15 February 2024
12pm - 8pm

Berlin Time

Online Event

This will TechBlick’s third online event covering three major themes in the battery industry:


(1) Solid state batteries

(2) Beyond Li-ion battery technologies

(3) Next-gen and frontier Li-ion chemistries


The conference covers the latest innovations and developments on applied research, materials, manufacturing and applications from around the world.


The programme is entirely curated by our in-house experts, striking a fine balance between industrial developments and applied research advancements, bringing together a world-class set of speakers from end users, material developers, manufacturers, start-ups, as well as renowned research centers and market analyst groups.


Our exceptional online events are also truly a unique networking opportunity.

All talks will be given live online but will also become available on-demand. The talks from previous events are all also accessible in your library with a single annual (virtual or hybrid) annual pass. You can see the past events here


2023 | Solid-State Batteries: Innovations, Promising Start-Ups, & Future Roadmap

2022 | Solid-State Batteries: Innovations, Promising Start-Ups, & Future Roadmap


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Solid State Batteries | Next-Gen Batteries | Beyond Li-Ion | Sodium Batteries | AI in Battery Development | Li Metal | Aluminiu, Batteries | VACNT | Graphene | Silicon | Natrium | Potassium | 3D Batteries | Additively Manufactured Batteries | Dry Electrode Technology | Monocarbon Membranes | Sulfide Glass | LiS | Novel Cathodes | Direct Plating | Emerging Solid-State Electrolyte Material Families | Layered Oxides | Ceramic and 3D Ceramics | Existing Emerging Novel Cathodes Materials for Li-ion and SSBs | Aqueous, Binder-Free and/or Green Solutions | Thin Film Solid State Batteries and Microbatteries | Supercapacitors | Promising Start Ups | Market Forecasts & Patent Analysis | Scale Up Techniques and Successes | Roll-to-Roll Battery Materials

Leading global speakers include:
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Exponent
Prieto Battery, Inc.
Berkeley University
ETH Zurich
rhd Instruments
Materials Design
P3 Automotive
ProjectK
Paraclete Energy
Volexion
University of Maryland
Volexion
CIDETEC
Fraunhofer IKTS
Université de Picardie
BroadBit Batteries Oy
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
NanoGraf
Blue Current
Feon Energy
Fraunhofer IKTS
Shmuel De-Leon
Xerion Advanced Battery Corp
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
University of Colorado Boulder
Fraunhofer ISI
KnowMade
High Performance Battery Holding
AMG Lithium
Amprius
Stanford University
b-science
Zeta Energy Corporation
Customcells
Fraunhofer IWS
GDI
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14 February 2024

TechBlick

Wednesday

Welcome & Introduction

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Khasha Ghaffarzadeh

CEO

Welcome & Introduction

12:00 PM

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14 February 2024

Fraunhofer ISI

Wednesday

Alternative Battery Technologies: Roadmap 2030+

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Steffen Link

Researcher and Ph.D student

Alternative Battery Technologies: Roadmap 2030+

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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Wednesday

Reactive Metals for the Energy Transition

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Stefano Passerini

Professor

Our society is facing a millennial challenge to slow down global warming below 2 °C in the long term.[1] Ambitious policy frameworks and policy intentions are a must to achieve this target. In fact, analyzing the status quo, International Energy Agency (IEA) concluded that the related carbon dioxide trajectories are not compatible with the climate targets, even if current policy commitments and pledges by governments are implemented.[2,3] The challenging issues are the limited use of renewables, merely considered for power generation, but only marginally addressing other carbon-intensive industrial sectors (e.g., cement, steel, smelting), and the practical reduction of CO2 emissions from the transport sector.
Reactive metal-based storage systems are a new alternative to support the clean energy transition. Herein, the cases of Al and Na are presented, both preliminarily fulfilling the constraints regarding sustainability, but employing two rather different processes. Both, the steam combustion of molten Al for H2 and heat production,[4,5] and a new rechargeable battery, which makes use of seawater and sodium as electrodes, show promising round-trip efficiencies.[6] The latter technology also allows CO2-trapping, desalination, Na metal, and chlorine production. It is argued that further research efforts are needed to verify the sustainability and ability of reactive metal-based technologies to compete with other storage technologies.

References
[1] Report of the Conference of the Parties on its Twenty-First Session, held in Paris from 30 November to 13 December 2015, FCCC/CP/2015/10/ Add.1, United Nations Framework on Climate Change, United Nations, New York 2016.
[2] International Energy Agency, World Energy Outlook 2016, International Energy Agency, Paris 2016.
[3] International Energy Agency, World Energy Outlook 2019, International Energy Agency, Paris 2019.
[4] H. Ersoy, M. Baumann, L. Barelli, A. Ottaviano, L. Trombetti, M. Weil, S. Passerini, Adv. Mater. Technol. 2022, 2101400.
[5] L. Barelli, M. Baumann, G. Bidini, P. A. Ottaviano, R. V. Schneider, S. Passerini, L. Trombetti, Energy Technol. 2020, 8, 2000233.
[6] Y. Kim, M. Kuenzel, D. Steinle, X. Dong, G.-T. Kim, A. Varzi, S. Passerini, Energy Environ. Sci., 2022, 15, 2610.

Reactive Metals for the Energy Transition

12:25 PM

Our society is facing a millennial challenge to slow down global warming below 2 °C in the long term.[1] Ambitious policy frameworks and policy intentions are a must to achieve this target. In fact, analyzing the status quo, International Energy Agency (IEA) concluded that the related carbon dioxide trajectories are not compatible with the climate targets, even if current policy commitments and pledges by governments are implemented.[2,3] The challenging issues are the limited use of renewables, merely considered for power generation, but only marginally addressing other carbon-intensive industrial sectors (e.g., cement, steel, smelting), and the practical reduction of CO2 emissions from the transport sector.
Reactive metal-based storage systems are a new alternative to support the clean energy transition. Herein, the cases of Al and Na are presented, both preliminarily fulfilling the constraints regarding sustainability, but employing two rather different processes. Both, the steam combustion of molten Al for H2 and heat production,[4,5] and a new rechargeable battery, which makes use of seawater and sodium as electrodes, show promising round-trip efficiencies.[6] The latter technology also allows CO2-trapping, desalination, Na metal, and chlorine production. It is argued that further research efforts are needed to verify the sustainability and ability of reactive metal-based technologies to compete with other storage technologies.

References
[1] Report of the Conference of the Parties on its Twenty-First Session, held in Paris from 30 November to 13 December 2015, FCCC/CP/2015/10/ Add.1, United Nations Framework on Climate Change, United Nations, New York 2016.
[2] International Energy Agency, World Energy Outlook 2016, International Energy Agency, Paris 2016.
[3] International Energy Agency, World Energy Outlook 2019, International Energy Agency, Paris 2019.
[4] H. Ersoy, M. Baumann, L. Barelli, A. Ottaviano, L. Trombetti, M. Weil, S. Passerini, Adv. Mater. Technol. 2022, 2101400.
[5] L. Barelli, M. Baumann, G. Bidini, P. A. Ottaviano, R. V. Schneider, S. Passerini, L. Trombetti, Energy Technol. 2020, 8, 2000233.
[6] Y. Kim, M. Kuenzel, D. Steinle, X. Dong, G.-T. Kim, A. Varzi, S. Passerini, Energy Environ. Sci., 2022, 15, 2610.

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14 February 2024

Fraunhofer IKTS

Wednesday

Context analytics in materials and device developments

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Silke Christiansen

Professor, Dr.-Ing.

Context analytics in materials and device developments

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Wednesday

Strategies for improving the properties of layered cathode materials for Na-ion batteries

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Yanan Sun

Postdoctoral Researcher

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) as efficient power sources play a crucial role in the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable and renewable energies. However, sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are recognized as a promising alternative due to the similar chemical properties between lithium and sodium, as well as the lower costs and abundance of elements in SIBs. [1,2] With the release of the SIB vehicle by HiNa Battery in 2023, the development of SIBs is approaching the application stage. Layered compounds, in which sodium ions can occupy the interstitial sites, have been explored as potential cathode materials in SIBs. [3,4] As an important component of SIBs, cathode materials with high capacity and good stability are essential for enhancing the electrochemical performance of SIBs. Various approaches can be employed to enhance the performance of the layered compound cathodes, including substitution of cations in transition-metal layers, participation of anionic redox reactions, etc. [5,6] In this presentation, we will share our recent work on improving the electrochemical properties of layered cathode compounds in SIBs. The intercalation chemistry in layered cathodes will also be discussed.

Strategies for improving the properties of layered cathode materials for Na-ion batteries

1:05 PM

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) as efficient power sources play a crucial role in the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable and renewable energies. However, sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are recognized as a promising alternative due to the similar chemical properties between lithium and sodium, as well as the lower costs and abundance of elements in SIBs. [1,2] With the release of the SIB vehicle by HiNa Battery in 2023, the development of SIBs is approaching the application stage. Layered compounds, in which sodium ions can occupy the interstitial sites, have been explored as potential cathode materials in SIBs. [3,4] As an important component of SIBs, cathode materials with high capacity and good stability are essential for enhancing the electrochemical performance of SIBs. Various approaches can be employed to enhance the performance of the layered compound cathodes, including substitution of cations in transition-metal layers, participation of anionic redox reactions, etc. [5,6] In this presentation, we will share our recent work on improving the electrochemical properties of layered cathode compounds in SIBs. The intercalation chemistry in layered cathodes will also be discussed.

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Meet The Speakers/Networking Break

Wednesday

Meet The Speakers/Networking Break

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14 February 2024

b-science

Wednesday

Solid-state / semi-solid Li-ion battery cells – a process-based categorization of divergent product development approaches

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Pirimin Ulmann

Co-Founder & CEO

Divergent process technologies that are pursued by key commercial players towards launching next-generation solid-state or semi-solid Li-ion batteries are discussed and compared.

Some of these process technologies are fairly close to existing large-scale Li-ion battery electrode manufacturing processes. Newly emerging process technologies could solve protracted performance and longevity issues yet might in some cases involve elevated uncertainty with regards to up-scaling and the achievement of sufficiently low costs for EV applications.

This talk is based on an analysis of the global Li-ion battery patent literature using a unique ML framework.

Solid-state / semi-solid Li-ion battery cells – a process-based categorization of divergent product development approaches

1:55 PM

Divergent process technologies that are pursued by key commercial players towards launching next-generation solid-state or semi-solid Li-ion batteries are discussed and compared.

Some of these process technologies are fairly close to existing large-scale Li-ion battery electrode manufacturing processes. Newly emerging process technologies could solve protracted performance and longevity issues yet might in some cases involve elevated uncertainty with regards to up-scaling and the achievement of sufficiently low costs for EV applications.

This talk is based on an analysis of the global Li-ion battery patent literature using a unique ML framework.

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14 February 2024

High Performance Battery Holding

Wednesday

Drop-in production for solid-state batteries

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Sebastian Heinz

CEO

Solid-state batteries are promising candidates to overcome the restrictions of current Lithium-Ion batteries (LIB). But producing solid state batteries is faced with multiple obstacles for serial production due to the necessity of external manufacturing of the solid-state electrolytes. What chances do we have to make the use of state-of-the-art LIB production feasible to produce solid-state batteries? Key to this is the ability to incorporate the drop-in procedure for electrolyte filling in the manufacturing procedure for the solid-state electrolyte – leading to extreme cycle life, superior ionic conductivity, and robust performance.

Drop-in production for solid-state batteries

2:15 PM

Solid-state batteries are promising candidates to overcome the restrictions of current Lithium-Ion batteries (LIB). But producing solid state batteries is faced with multiple obstacles for serial production due to the necessity of external manufacturing of the solid-state electrolytes. What chances do we have to make the use of state-of-the-art LIB production feasible to produce solid-state batteries? Key to this is the ability to incorporate the drop-in procedure for electrolyte filling in the manufacturing procedure for the solid-state electrolyte – leading to extreme cycle life, superior ionic conductivity, and robust performance.

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14 February 2024

rhd Instruments

Wednesday

Improving Solid State Battery Materials Testing through Active Pressure and Temperature Control

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Dr. Christoffer Karlsson

Senior R&D Scientist

Solid-state battery materials characterization poses several practical challenges related to sample preparation and measurement conditions. For example, Ohno et al highlighted this fact in a round-robin study in 2020, where ionic conductivities measured for several inorganic solid electrolyte samples were found to deviate by as much as one order of magnitude. Parameters such as pelletization pressure, measurement temperature and measurement pressure greatly affect the obtained results, and it is therefore necessary to control and monitor the experimental conditions throughout measurements. In this talk, characterization of solid electrolytes as well as full solid-state battery cells under active pressure and temperature control is described. A force sensor below the test cell is connected to a servo motor in a feedback loop, giving accurate and responsive pressure control. This kind of active pressure control has been shown to yield the optimal performance of all solid-state batteries. The implications for materials characterization and device performance testing will be discussed.

Improving Solid State Battery Materials Testing through Active Pressure and Temperature Control

2:35 PM

Solid-state battery materials characterization poses several practical challenges related to sample preparation and measurement conditions. For example, Ohno et al highlighted this fact in a round-robin study in 2020, where ionic conductivities measured for several inorganic solid electrolyte samples were found to deviate by as much as one order of magnitude. Parameters such as pelletization pressure, measurement temperature and measurement pressure greatly affect the obtained results, and it is therefore necessary to control and monitor the experimental conditions throughout measurements. In this talk, characterization of solid electrolytes as well as full solid-state battery cells under active pressure and temperature control is described. A force sensor below the test cell is connected to a servo motor in a feedback loop, giving accurate and responsive pressure control. This kind of active pressure control has been shown to yield the optimal performance of all solid-state batteries. The implications for materials characterization and device performance testing will be discussed.

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14 February 2024

Feon Energy

Wednesday

The Pass Towards Practical Li-metal Batteries. A First Principal perspective.

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Wenxiao Huang

Cofounder and CEO

The Pass Towards Practical Li-metal Batteries. A First Principal perspective.

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Meet The Speakers/Networking Break

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Meet The Speakers/Networking Break

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Exponent

Wednesday

Considering Solid State Batteries from a Safety Standpoint

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Lucienne Buannic

Senior Scientist

Considering Solid State Batteries from a Safety Standpoint

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NanoGraf

Wednesday

Silicon Oxide Anode Materials: Performance Levels and Technology Roadmap

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Nigel Becknell

Director of Technology Development

Silicon Oxide Anode Materials: Performance Levels and Technology Roadmap

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Volexion

Wednesday

Conformal Graphene Encapsulation for Next Gen Li-ion Cathode Materials

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Damien Despinoy

CEO

Volexion is commercializing a drop-in pristine graphene encapsulation solution, stabilizing and enhancing Li-ion materials, specifically cathodes. By controlling the material/electrolyte interface thanks to a pinhole free conformal graphene composite, Volexion's end-to-end solution drives a multi-functional performance improvement in cycle life, gassing reduction & safety, rate capability, voltage range extension, reduction of inactive materials, and wide temperature range operability. Beyond improving current materials, Volexion is an enabling technology for next generation materials such as high-voltage spinel and Lithium and Manganese-rich chemistries. Developed jointly at Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University, Volexion's drop-in technology is immediately usable in existing manufacturing lines and is scaling-up its production capacity to serve industrial partners.

Conformal Graphene Encapsulation for Next Gen Li-ion Cathode Materials

4:25 PM

Volexion is commercializing a drop-in pristine graphene encapsulation solution, stabilizing and enhancing Li-ion materials, specifically cathodes. By controlling the material/electrolyte interface thanks to a pinhole free conformal graphene composite, Volexion's end-to-end solution drives a multi-functional performance improvement in cycle life, gassing reduction & safety, rate capability, voltage range extension, reduction of inactive materials, and wide temperature range operability. Beyond improving current materials, Volexion is an enabling technology for next generation materials such as high-voltage spinel and Lithium and Manganese-rich chemistries. Developed jointly at Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University, Volexion's drop-in technology is immediately usable in existing manufacturing lines and is scaling-up its production capacity to serve industrial partners.

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Volexion

Wednesday

Conformal Graphene Encapsulation for Next Gen Li-ion Cathode Materials

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Dr. Nikhil Chaudhari

Battery Materials Scientist

Dr. Nikhil Chaudhari has held the position of battery Materials Scientist at Volexion, where he leads the development of the Volexion's graphene precursor and encapsulation technology. Nikhil has earned a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Houston prior to joining Volexion in 2022, gaining expertise in electrochemical deposition and characterization of deposited layers using in-situ imaging and spectroscopy techniques during his PhD. Additionally, Nikhil was a visiting graduate scientist at Argonne National Laboratory where he investigated the electrochemical interface of lead electrodes used in Lead-acid batteries. He has earned a M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Houston in 2015 and a B.Tech. degree in Polymer Engineering and Technology from Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India in 2014.

Conformal Graphene Encapsulation for Next Gen Li-ion Cathode Materials

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Dr. Nikhil Chaudhari has held the position of battery Materials Scientist at Volexion, where he leads the development of the Volexion's graphene precursor and encapsulation technology. Nikhil has earned a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Houston prior to joining Volexion in 2022, gaining expertise in electrochemical deposition and characterization of deposited layers using in-situ imaging and spectroscopy techniques during his PhD. Additionally, Nikhil was a visiting graduate scientist at Argonne National Laboratory where he investigated the electrochemical interface of lead electrodes used in Lead-acid batteries. He has earned a M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Houston in 2015 and a B.Tech. degree in Polymer Engineering and Technology from Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India in 2014.

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