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Few people recognise the role that lead batteries can play to help meet the world’s energy storage needs and its decarbonisation aims. By bringing together top global executives and the best scientific minds from across our industries, combining Industry Insights as well as robust Technical Sessions, ELBC is not only bridging that knowledge gap but is also a tool in tackling some of the tough technical and scientific challenges on the innovation side.

Christophe Pillot

ELBC delegates can look forward to Avicenne Energy Director Christophe Pillot’s presentation where he will forecast worldwide trends in the rechargeable battery market from 2019 to 2030. As well as electronic devices and industrial applications, he will also include a focus on automotive applications. He will give an overview on the EV market in 2019 and forecasts up to 2030, including car maker strategies which may impact our industries.

Our Technical Sessions – live discussion and debate over 23 and 24 September – will focus on the science and developments in lead batteries including two automotive-focused sessions. Discussions during ‘Automotive Battery Advancements’ will include speakers from Furukawa Battery Co. on new positive additives to the UltraBattery – already promising excellent performance for short-distance collection and delivery trucks operating as LHVs. A collaborative presentation from the world’s largest supplier of automotive batteries, Clarios and the 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.

Clarios representatives will also share details on improved test methods for European Standards to judge water consumption and corrosion effects of lead batteries in modern applications, including a new test procedure for high-DCA batteries that otherwise show poor results in classical water consumption overcharge tests. Fellow speakers have also been focusing on the water consumption challenge – ArcActive has been developing a novel carbon fibre based negative electrode for the past nine years, with the aim of using this technology achieve high and sustained DCA with the added advantage of very low consumption of water. Having won the Battery Council International’s 2020 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award earlier this year, the technology is now approaching the market-entry phase. From the research institute side, RWTH Aachen University will share results on the validity of a new key life test for water loss and corrosion testing in respect to established steady-state overcharging tests and the simulated real-world driving.

GS Yuasa International Ltd. will present a new and improved battery model for automotive simulation, essential for effective automotive control systems potentially offering a more comprehensive and rapid verification of the complicated control technology.

In automotive applications, DCA improvements will lead to increased lead battery functionality in hybrid applications. Increasing energy throughput and cycle life for energy storage batteries is key to producing energy storage systems (ESS). Both performance enhancements would typically mean different pathways for improvements. However, carbon additives have served as an important vehicle for innovation, improving a broad spectrum of materials properties in lead battery electrodes. To that end, we’re excited to offer the special session ‘Carbon Additives for Automotive Applications’ featuring improvements that can be achieved, the mechanisms that govern them and how they can be utilised to increase DCA and cycle life. And we’re proud to note that it brings together global industry and research strengths – speakers from companies Cabot Corporation, Imerys Graphite & Carbon and Black Diamond Structures will feature alongside the Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC.

With all technical presentations being available on demand already, registered delegates can head to our virtual platform here to review and get ready to ask the experts. If you haven’t already, register for ELBC now and join the debate.