2019 Conference Agenda2019-03-15T15:28:36+00:00

2019 Agenda

NAATBatt Annual Meeting & Conference

2019 Featured Sessions

WED 3.13
4:20 – 5:20 pm

Energy Materials
Markets Outlook

Michael Lew, Moderator

THURS 3.14
8:30 – 8:35 am

Welcome by President-Elect of NAATBatt

Joern Tinnemeyer

Monday, March 11, 2019


Session Name


1:00 p.m.

Start of Golf Tournament
Wigwam Gold Course

2:30 pm

Start of Tennis Tournament
Wigwam Tennis Courts

7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Tournament Dinner
Trellis Garden

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Session Name


7:30 a.m.

Registration Opens
Wigwam Foyer

7:30 a.m – 3:00 p.m.

Battery Product Expo Set Up
Mojave Ballroom

8:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

Battery IP Workshop and Workshop Lunch
Ozanne Room

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

SAE Battery Standards Steering Committee
Palo Verde Room

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Zinc Battery Committee Meeting
Palo Verde Room

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Recycling Committee Meeting
Palo Verde Room

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

NAATBatt Board of Directors Meeting
Palo Verde Room

8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

Working with Tech Transfer Offices on Battery IP

Jaime Navarrete, Crown Battery (moderator)
Kenneth Polasko, SkySong Innovations
Bob Daigle, Rogers Corporation
Doug Hockstad, University of Arizona
Adam Small, Urbix

8:50 – 9:45 a.m.

Managing Intellectual Property Through a Consortium

Don Karner, Electric Applications
Brian Morin, Soteria Battery Innovation Group, Inc.
Dan Abraham, MPEG-LA
Sandy Kane, NAATBatt International

9:45 – 10:35 a.m.

Battery Intellectual Property in China

John Platt, Snell & Wilmer (Moderator)
Jeff Yambrick, SVOLT Energy Technology Co., Ltd.
Joseph Guy, Nano One Materials Corp.
Jason Li, IP In-house, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited

10:35 – 10:50 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:50 – 11:05 a.m.

Trends in Intellectual Property Involving Battery Technology

Dan Abraham, MPEG-LA

11:05 – Noon

Emerging IP Issues in xEV Technology

Phil Weicker, EVelozcity
Will Van Curen, Nikola Motor Company
Kevin Morrow, Unique Electric Solutions Inc.
Adam Flaster, Local Motors

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

NAATBatt Annual Members Meeting
Pima/Pueblo Ballroom

1:15 – 1:20 p.m.

Welcome by President of NAATBatt

John Warner, Warner Energy Consulting

1:20 – 1:40 p.m.

Report of the Chief Science Officer of NAATBatt

Stan Whittingham, SUNY at Binghamton

1:40 – 2:00 p.m.

Report of the Chief Technology Officer of NAATBatt

Joern Tinnemeyer, EnerSys

2:00 – 2:20 p.m.

Market Report: EV Markets in North America

Logan Goldie-Scot, BloombergNEF

2:20 – 2:40 p.m.

Market Report: ESS Markets in North America

Mitalee Gupta, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

2:40 – 3:00 p.m.

Market Report: Industrial Batteries in North America

Michael Sanders, Avicenne Energy US

3:00 – 3:40 p.m.

Networking Break and Battery Product Expo Opening
Mohave Ballroom

3:40 – 4:40 p.m.

Under the Radar Opportunities: Aerospace, Defense and Automotive

Cory Combs, Ampair
Ben Craig, Alion Science and Technology;
Kent Snyder, Ford Motor Company

4:40 – 5:00 p.m.

Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries in China and North America

Michael Sanders, Avicenne Energy US

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Member Update Presentations: Session 1
SVOLT Energy Technology Company
Crown Battery
Indie Power Systems

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception
Mohave Ballroom

7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Opening Dinner
Wigwam Lawn and Patio

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


Session Name


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Mohave Ballroom

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.

Welcome by the Chairman of NAATBatt

Bob Galyen, CATL

8:35 – 9:25 a.m.

Can Lead Acid Batteries Maintain Their Market Share?

Bob Galyen, CATL
Michael Sanders, Avicenne Energy US
John Warner, Warner Energy Consulting
Ed Schaffer, Advanced Battery Concepts
Jaime Navarrete, Crown Battery
Joern Tinnemeyer, EnerSys

9:25 – 10:20 a.m.

New Approaches to Battery Testing and Formation

Nick Hennen, Digatron Power Electronics (Moderator)
Chris Burns, Novonix
Tal Sholklapper, VoltaiQ
Eric Din, Hive Battery
David Wood, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

10:20 – 10:40 a.m.

Beyond Lithium-Ion: The Promise and Challenges of Lithium Sulfur Technology

Khal Amine, Argonne National Laboratory

10:40 – 11:10 a.m.

Networking Break
Mohave Ballroom

11:10 – 12:15 p.m.

Member Update Presentations: Session 2
Nuvation Energy
Sandia National Laboratories
Chroma Systems Solutions
Amphenol Advanced Sensors
Borman Specialty Materials
Dynamic Manufacturing, Inc.
Focus Graphite/Grafoid

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Wigwam Lawn and Patio

1:45 – 2:05 p.m.

Trends in Global Regulation of Automotive Batteries

Tod Mackintosh, General Motors

2:05 – 2:25 p.m.

Energy Storage Evaluation Tools: How Do You Value Energy Storage?

Ricky Concepcion, Sandia National Laboratories

2:25 – 3:25 p.m.

Member Update Presentations: Session 3
Electric Applications Incorporated
Battery Innovation Center (BIC)
CSA Group
Retriev Technologies
Urban Electric Power
NOHMs Technolgies

3:25 – 4:00 p.m.

Networking break
Mohave Ballroom

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Energy Materials Markets Outlook

Michael Lew, Moderator, NAATBatt International
Edward Sugar, EAS Advisors LLC
Peter Fitzmaurice, Fast Markets
Andrew Miller, Benchmark Minerals
Austin Devaney, Albemarle
Kent Snyder, Ford Motor Company

5:00 – 6:10 p.m.

Member Update Presentations: Session 4
Li-Cyle Corp.
Eos Energy Storage
Forge Nano
Morgan Advanced Materials
Snell & Wilmer
Spiers New Technologies
Salt River Project
Hive Battery Labs

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
Mohave Ballroom

7:30 – 8:15 p.m.

NAATBatt Annual Dinner
Pima/Pueblo Ballroom

8:15 – 8:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Andy Tobin, Commissioner
Arizona Corporation Commission

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Session Name


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Mohave Ballroom

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.

Welcome by Incoming President-Elect of NAATBatt

Jeff Yambrick, SVOLT Energy Technology Company

8:35 – 9:15 a.m.

Voice of the Customer: What Grid Operators Really Want Advanced Battery Developers to Know

Melisa Johns, Duke Energy
Zak Kuznar, Duke Energy (Moderator)
Scott Bordenkircher, Arizona Public Service
Rick Lowther, Salt River Project
David McIntire, Salt River Project
Steven Prsha, San Diego Gas & Electric
Ted Burhans, Tucson Electric Power

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Making Direct Recycling of Lithium-Ion Batteries Profitable

Linda Gaines, Argonne National Laboratory
David Howell, U.S. Department of Energy
Jeff Spangenberger, Argonne National Laboratory
Ahmad Pesaran, NREL
Ilias Belharouak, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

10:15 – 10:40 a.m.

Networking Break
Mohave Ballroom

10:40 – 11:25 a.m.

Blockchain and Battery Lifecycle Management

Lauren Roman, Everledger
Kunal Phalpher, Li-Cycle
Laura Wagner, Ford Motor Company
Michael Pasziti, Terrapure
Bob Galyen, CATL
Steve Tolen, Indie Power Systems
Todd Coy, Retriev Technologies

11:25 – 12:25 p.m.

Battery Innovation Summit
Based upon a solicitation conducted earlier in the year by NAATBatt International, the
following companies have been invited to present at this year’s Battery Innovation
Summit as the Top Ten acquisition/licensing/investment targets in the North American
advanced battery industry for 2019:
EnZinc Inc.
Astrolabe Analytics
Salient Energy Inc.
Transthermal Heat Bridge
Johnson Battery Technologies
Tydrolyte LLC
Binghamton University SUNY

12:25 – 1:45 p.m.

Wigwam Lawn and Patio

1:45 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Member Update Presentations: Session 5
UniEnergy Technologies
ZAF Energy Systems
American Manganese
Argonne National Laboratory
Lithion Recycling Inc.
Global Battery Solutions
Battery Resourcers

2:50 – 3:55 p.m.

Can Zinc, Sodium and Redox Flow Batteries Challenge Lithium-Ion in the Market?

Imre Gyuk, U.S. Department of Energy
Randy Moore, ZAF Energy Systems
Erik Spoerke, Sandia National Laboratories
Gary Yang, UniEnergy Technologies

3:55 – 4:00 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

4:15 – 6:00 p.m.

Tour of APS McMicken Energy Storage Facility
Buses will depart from the Porte Cochere at the front of The Wigwam Conference
Center at 4:15 p.m. sharp. Pre-registration is required. If you have not pre-registered
and wish to attend, please contact Paula Szyper or Jim Greenberger immediately

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Farewell Networking Event
Wigwam Bar and Patio

2020 Featured Speakers

Dr. Imre Gyuk
U.S. DOE, Office of Electricity
Randy A. Moore
ZAF Energy Systems, Inc.
Dr. John Warner
Warner Energy Consulting LLC
Bob Gaylen