NAATBatt 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference Materials

February 29 – March 3, 2016
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa – Indian Wells, CA

Tuesday, March 1st

1:30 p.m.
Technical Workshop: The Role of Independent Engineering Services for the Financing, Procurement, Deployment, and End of Life of Storage

DNV GL presents a technical workshop that will explore the role of the independent engineer in storage projects. The workshop will walk through the development and lifecycle of an ESS project focusing on the aspects that developers typically use independent engineers to manage. The engineer’s role in due diligence, financial modeling, equipment testing, validation and warranty claims, refinancing, sales, failure analysis and end of life issues will be explained. This workshop is ESS Project Development 101. Experienced storage developers and developers that are new to storage will learn the basics of project development as well as certain aspects of the development process that are unique to storage projects. DNV GL has been advising project developers around the world since 1864. Don’t miss this chance to learn from 150 years of project development experience.

Speakers:
Davion Hill
Energy Storage Leader Americas

Michael Kleinberg
Senior Consultant

Brett Tossey
Group Leader, Forensics

Tammie Candelario
Director, Solar Services

Michael Mills-Price
Price Inverter Testing Services Lead

Nick Warner
Engineer, Distributed Energy Resources 

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4:00 p.m.
NAATBatt Member Update Presentations

Amperex Technology Limited (ATL)
Applied Materials
Digatron
Focus Graphite/GO Foundation
teamtechnik
UL
EnerSys
5:00 p.m.
Innovation in Manufacturing — How Developments in Manufacturing Processes Will Impact Battery Costs
This session will explore new technologies that are likely to reduce the cost of manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. Developments in solvent-based electrode drying techniques, continuous mixing of slurries, and metal current conducting foils will all be discussed. Leading experts in manufacturing technologies will explain the significant of these developments and their expected impact on battery costs.

Panelists:
John Hart
Dexmet Corporation

Naoki Ota
24M

Bernhard Stalder
Bühler AG

David L. Wood
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Moderator:
Melanie Spare
Siemens Industry, Inc.

Wednesday, March 2nd

8:20 a.m.
Energy Storage Battery Warranties – What is Market
Energy storage project owners are demanding that battery manufacturers and storage developers warrant the performance of their systems over time. Project lenders will demand the same. Battery manufacturers and developers who want to sell ESS systems are providing such warranties today, but in many cases demanding that the specific warranty terms be held in confidence. DNV GL has completed a study of energy storage system warranty terms and will discuss it for the first time publicly at the NAATBatt 2016 Annual Meeting. Learn what “market” is today in ESS warranties at this session.

Speaker:
Michael Kleinberg
DNV GL

10:30 a.m.
The Battery IP Wars – What Can Advanced Battery Makers Learn from Other Industries
The commercialization of new technology and rampant patent litigation unfortunately seem to go hand-in-hand.  Litigation of lithium-ion patent infringement claims is already off to a robust start.  Where the average cost of litigating a patent infringement claim through trial exceeds $6 million, is there anything that the advanced battery industry might learn from other industries about how to reduce patent litigation costs and maximize licensing revenues?

Panelists:
Larry Horn
MPEG LA

Matt Rappaport
IP Checkups

John Platt
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Jako Eleveld
Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

Moderator:
Dan Abraham
MPEG LA

11:30 a.m.
Developments in Power Conversion and Charging Technologies
While lowering the cost of batteries is often identified as a key challenge to growing the market for ESS and xEV’s, this session will focus on some developments in inverter, transformer and charging technologies that may be just as influential. How these technologies are developing will also impact the fundamental design of batteries, ESS and xEV’s in the future. This session will explain how.

Panelists:
Andrew Daga
Momentum Dynamics

Chris Larsen
Dynapower Corporation

Moderator:
John Butkowski
Beckett Energy Systems

1:30 p.m.
Energy Storage Innovation Summit
The Energy Storage Innovation Summit is a regular feature of NAATBatt Annual Meetings.  At the Summit, NAATBatt invites 20 companies working on new but market-ready technology relating to electrochemical energy storage to make short presentations to the meeting.  The purpose of the Summit is to provide NAATBatt members with a “first look” at new technology that may be relevant to their businesses and is available for immediate purchase or license.

The following 20 companies have been invited to present at this year’s program:

Black Diamond Structures Gridtential
G4 Synergetics Voltaiq
Johnson Battery Technologies PneumaticCoat
XG Sciences Yunasko Pulse Power Innovation
Tempronics Nexceris
Primus Power Fluidic Energy
Ioxus Nuvation Engineering
Rayovac (D Sized CFx Battery technology) Encharge Power Systems
Wildcat Discovery Jennova
Rayovac (Coined Feedthrough technology)  
3:45 p.m.
Inflections and Applications for Small Capacity Energy Storage Devices
Ongoing inflections in the Internet of Things (IoT) will require a myriad of new power applications in biomedical, consumer, wearables, telecommunications, and industrial markets. In this panel discussion, industry experts will explain their respective applications, high value needs, and energy storage technologies in the range of 10s of mAh.

Panelists:
James Watkins
BrightVolt

Jeff Sather
Cymbet

Mark E. Buccini
Texas Instruments

Sam Jaffe
Cairn Research

Moderator:
B. Leo Kwak
Applied Materials, Inc.

4:45 p.m.
Sizing the Market for Non-Utility Scale Electricity Storage: Residential, Commercial, and Off-Grid 
The behind-the-meter ESS market is generating huge interest and enthusiasm.  But where is this market really going to grow and when?  Bloomberg New Energy Finance cuts through all the hype and explains exactly where the non-utility market for storage is likely to emerge, exactly when, and for what types of systems.  If you can’t afford to chase every opportunity in the ESS market, this session is not one to miss.

Speaker:
Claire Curry
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Thursday, March 3rd

9:20 a.m.
Full Electric Vehicles: Just How Big is the Niche?
It is axiomatic that full electric vehicles will only comprise a small percentage of the vehicle fleet for the foreseeable future—or is it? Changes in the regulatory climate, changes in petroleum prices and advances in battery technology might have a larger impact on the vehicle fleet a lot sooner than many imagine. This session will discuss a number of macro factors that could have a surprising and dramatic impact on the market for xEV’s.

Panelists:
Joshua Cunningham
California Air Resources Board

Ted Miller
Ford Motor Company

Ryan Popple 
Proterra

Moderator:
Pablo Valencia
General Motors Company

10:45 a.m.
Next Generation Batteries: Update on Research at JCESR 
The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) is a five-year, $100 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy focused exclusively on beyond-lithium-ion energy storage technology.  JCESR is approximately half-way through its initial five-year charter.  JCESR representatives will discuss its progress to date and the goals it has set for the balance of the project.  The technologies JCESR is working on will not be coming to the market anytime soon.  But if you want to understand where battery technology will be going over the next two decades, and implications of that journey for industry, plan to attend this session.

Speakers:
George Crabtree
Director, JCESR

1:45 p.m.
Issues in Battery Lifecycle Management
The lifecycle of advanced batteries only starts with their sale. Once in commerce, advanced batteries, whether in xEV’s or ESS systems, must be maintained, serviced, perhaps re-used, and ultimately recycled. Four experts on battery lifecycle management issues, for lead acid and lithium-ion systems, will talk about different problems, and possible commercial opportunities, for dealing with advanced battery systems once they are in commerce.

Panelists:
Steve Clarke
Aqua Metals, Inc.

Joe Acker
Retriev Technologies

Steve Sloop
OnTo Technology LLC

Dirk Spiers
Spiers New Technologies Inc.

2:45 p.m.
Credit Support Programs for Advanced Battery Manufacturing & Projects
Financing projects involving advanced battery technologies continues to be challenging as traditional lenders eschew technology risk. Several government programs seek to help advanced battery manufacturers and ESS project developers bridge the “technology risk gap” and access the financial markets. This session will examine the details of two such programs.

Panelists:
Douglas Schultz
Department of Energy, Loan Program Office

Sarah Adler
Nevada State Director, USDA Rural Development

Moderator:
Paul Mitchell
Energy Systems Network