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Since its inception in 1988, ELBC has pioneered the way lead and lead battery executives and technical specialists meet and share knowledge. It revolutionised industry networking to a new, open and idea-sharing style, bringing together executives and technical specialists to tackle the toughest issues facing the lead and lead battery industries. This uniting role has been accelerated even further with our new virtual format. The digital world means that delegates and speakers from all over the world can come together; the unique fusion of technical and market expertise of ELBC speakers means that some of the toughest challenges for the lead battery world can be discussed under the one conference ‘roof’.

Rene Schroeder

The challenges, priorities and offerings of different regions however, will still naturally differ. Industry Insights session speaker Rene Schroeder believes in Europe it’s the new EU Commission Work Programme that is setting the agenda. His presentation is set to talk about how ‘with a strong focus on decarbonisation, circular economy and industrial policy, its policies are not only relevant to lead battery manufacturers but very much puts us in the spotlight of EU policymakers.’ As Executive Director of EUROBAT, he will put across their ideas for a better regulatory framework for batteries which present an important opportunity for the European lead battery industry to address legislative overlaps.

Patrick Clerens

In our ‘Lead Batteries in Energy Storage Applications’ session fellow European regulatory specialist, Patrick Clerens will add to this on behalf of the European Association for the Storage of Energy – for him, the EU’s energy transition stance recognises the growing significance of energy storage and batteries. Upcoming policy and regulation updates will mean increased investments and with it, significant opportunity for the energy storage sector.

Neil Hawkes

Neil Hawkes, CRU Principal Lead Analyst thinks it’s the resilience of the global lead battery sector which will be a key factor that determines whether it can defend or grow its share in energy storage applications. The slowdown in China, a result of the damaging impact of the pandemic has impacted lead production as well as lead demand around the world. A positive outlook is expected from Dong Li, representing Leoch Intl. on Day One of ELBC on 22 September. Their detailed analysis of the China market will be critical knowledge for battery manufacturers working in different applications such as network power, SLI and motive power. Discussions in each application will include top customers and cover market information for Asia, such as annual sales, exporting status, and an analysis of challenges and opportunities in the present and future.

Dong Li

These might be the biggest concerns for global executives across our industries, but as we know the time is now for tackling some of those tough technical and scientific challenges on the innovation side. Our Technical Sessions on Days Two and Three (23 and 24 September), co-produced for the first time with the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) will enable just that.

A snapshot of the upcoming debate and analysis on some of the key technical solutions from across south east Asia we look forward to bringing you:

In our ‘Automotive Battery Enhancements’ session speakers from Japan’s Furukawa Battery Co. will discuss new positive additives to the UltraBattery™ – already promising excellent performance for short-distance collection and delivery trucks operating as LHVs, could the use of a positive active-material of higher density and a change in the conductive carbon in the negative electrode increase its durability and improve charge acceptance?

Alongside them, a collaborative presentation from the world’s largest supplier of automotive batteries, Clarios and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Company will showcase lab test developments on the automotive lead starter battery which aim to improve the lead battery’s ability to withstand the additional load generated by dash cams in passenger cars. Around the world, dash cams in passenger cars are becoming more popular. With some insurance companies even granting discounts on premiums for cars equipped with dash cams, could these improvements could help automotive lead battery manufacturers offer more value to their customer base? We’re particular proud to note that ELBC is platforming Hyundai’s YoungKug Lee, an expert who already has for more than 10 patents related to vehicle electric energy control systems under his belt. In case you missed it, read more on Clarios’s keynote presentation here.

From the Republic of Korea, combining research excellence and industry prowess, could Chonnam National University and Energy Planet’s new technology ensure future electric vehicles achieve cycle-life and hydrogen gas inhibition targets?

Japan’s GS Yuasa International Ltd. will present a new and improved battery model for automotive simulation. A highly reliable model is essential for effective automotive control systems – could these improvements offer a more comprehensive and rapid verification of the complicated control technology? With all technical presentations being available on demand one week before ELBC kick-off, delegates will have the chance to review and prepare to share their perspectives when it’s time for live action.

The global lead battery industry clearly faces unprecedented challenges at this time from a variety of directions. With all this industry insight coupled with technical expertise, register for ELBC now and let’s tackle these challenges together.