37th International Battery Seminar & Exhibit from July 28 to 30

July 28, 2020

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) represent a multibillion-dollar industry. Many of the recent research efforts to improve lithium-ion batteries have focused on developing anode, cathode, or electrolyte materials that can hold more charge in a given volume and lead to higher energy densities. The International Battery Seminar & Exhibit conference from July 28-30 will focus on the development and commercialization of lithium-ion batteries, applications and safety issues.

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Battery research in a so-called glovebox at Fraunhofer ISE

"The International Battery Seminar & Exhibit conference covers all relevant topical issues over three days, from innovative materials and battery cell technologies to battery systems and applications. From my point of view, it is a very comprehensive and well-coordinated program," explains Dr. Matthias Vetter, head of the Electrical Energy Storage Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. Founded in 1983, the International Battery Seminar & Exhibit is one of the oldest battery conferences in the world and has established itself as one of the leading events on energy storage technologies for consumer, automotive, military and industrial applications.


On Thursday, July 30, 13:35 (Eastern Daylight Time), Dr. Vetter will speak on "Aging – Affecting Safety, Reliability and Performance of Stationary Battery Storage" in the forum "Recycling/Repurposing LIBs for the grid ". In dependence on the application-specific ambient and operating conditions, but also in dependence on the quality of the used lithium-ion battery cells and the system design, aging mechanisms have a significant influence on the safety and reliability as well as on the performance of the battery storage. Thereby, capacity fade and increase of inner resistance of battery cells, as well as corresponding increase of cooling demand, must be considered. This presentation will provide current results of market available battery storage gained in the laboratory and the field.


Also on Thursday, July 30, at 2:30 pm Matthias Vetter will moderate the discussion „Lithium-Ion versus Competing Alternative Battery Technologies", in which the following questions will be addressed:

•          Demand for battery storage and international market developments, e.g., behind-the-meter, before-the-meter, grid-scale

•          Which market segments are dominated already and will be dominated in the future by lithium-ion?

•          Which market segments will offer chances for NaS, NaNiCl, redox-flow, advanced lead-acid, etc.?

•          TCO versus pure capex considerations