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November 18 Half Day Fall Symposium Energy Storage

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Join us for our 10th Annual Half Day Fall Symposium on Energy Storage

Tuesday Nov 18,2014
12:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Texas Instruments (TI) Auditorium E-1
2900 Semiconductor Drive
Santa Clara, CA


12:15 Registration Begins
12:30 Networking and Lunch
1:00 Welcome and Introductions
1:10 Fueling the future: Safe, Dense, Reversible Hydrogen Storage in Hybrid Nanomaterials
Dr. Jeff Urban

Staff Scientist, Materials Science Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Historical trends have shown gradual decarbonization of our fuel sources over hundreds of years, the ultimate endpoint of which is hydrogen. Hydrogen fuel cell applications offer safe, emissions-free energy and all of the major auto manufacturers have made commitments to the technology. However, despite this technological push, there remain fundamental scientific issues that have delayed widespread adoption of the technology. In this talk, I’ll discuss ongoing work in my group to develop hybrid nanomaterials approaches to safe, energy-dense, and reversible hydrogen storage in metallic Magnesium nanocrystals, with a focus on new work on 2D hybrid materials. This talk will specifically highlight new work which advances these materials toward room-temperature storage and the atomic limit of selective encapsulation.

1:45 Fuel Cell Mobile Lighting: A Hydrogen Technology Market Transformation Project
Dr. Lennie Klebanoff

Sandia National Laboratory

I report the results of a project aimed to introduce proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel-cell technology into aviation ground support equipment (GSE) and rental construction equipment. The purpose of the project was to design, build, field-test and then commercialize fuel-cell equipment to start the process of displacing diesel fuel use in aviation GSE and in mobile construction equipment, and to reduce GHG emissions. I describe a hydrogen fuel cell mobile lighting tower (H2LT) that combines hydrogen stored as a high pressure gas, PEM fuel cell technology, and advanced lighting into a single unit with uses in aviation and construction. Results from the field tests are discussed. The H2LT system is compared directly to a comparable diesel-fueled light tower with regard to size, performance and emissions.

2:20 Extending Battery Storage Now with Silicon and Software
Dania Ghantous

VP Technology, Qnovo
Extending Battery Storage Now with Silicon and Software

Lithium ion batteries have come a long way since they were first commercialized. The improvements in performance are based on materials innovation, design and optimization of the manufacturing process. However, with the ever increasing demands from consumer and automotive applications, lithium ion batteries are still lacking in performance. This presentation will provide an overview of the status and challenges of lithium ion batteries and introduce the audience to Qnovo’s unique approach to improving battery performance.

2:55 Networking & Break
3:10 Impact of Nano- and Meso-structure on the Performance of Capacitors
Dr. Michael Stadermann

Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The morphology of supercapacitor electrodes can significantly affect their performance. The dimensions of pores on the nanoscale has been shown to affect the capacitance per area, while the dimensions of pores on the mesoscale can affects mass transport and power density. In this presentation, I will discuss modeling and experimental results on how pore dimensions can give rise to increased capacitance, and how altering of mesoscale pore dimensions by compressing the electrode affects energy and power density. Finally, I will show how hierarchical pore structures improve performance of capacitive desalination devices.

3:45 Monolithic Carbon Nanotube Electrodes: Technology and Energy Storage Applications
Dr. Phil Kraus

CEO Ultora

Ultora has developed a proprietary method to grow carbon nanotubes directly from a metal foil, providing a means of producing flexible, monolithic CNT electrodes in a single processing step. The novel growth method results in excellent adhesion and electrical contact between the CNTs and the metal foil. Ultora’s CNT electrodes comprise only materials – CNTs and metal foil – that are stable at high temperatures. When paired with ionic liquid electrolytes, supercapacitorsare made that are operable at very high temperatures – more than twice the typical maximum operating temperature of commercial supercapacitors. Applications of Ultora’s monolithic CNT-on-foil material,where low mass and thermal stability are important include: harsh environments, thermal interface materials, electromagnetic shielding, infrared absorption materials, and catalyst substrates.

4:20 He says fool’s cells, I say fuel cells
Dr. John Suh

Executive Director Hyundai Ventures
A CEO of a Silicon Valley car company has been vocal that he is not a fan of fuel cells. In fact he refers to them as fool’s cells. There remains significant technological and economic obstacles to make a fuel cell vehicle that is competitive to ICE vehicles. But then again, any alternative fuel vehicle has competitive disadvantages to ICEs. Hyundai Ventures is Hyundai Motor Groups corporate venturing arm in the US. We believe that exponential technologies of all types have the potential to make all cars more energy efficient and sustainable, including battery electric and fuel cell (hydrogen) cars. This talk will provide examples of startups with technologies that are using effects on the micro or nanoscale to enable more eco-friendly transportation.
4:55 Symposium concludes

Advance Registration Fees (Lunch included):

  • IEEE members & unemployed: $10
  • Non-Members: $15
  • Students: $5

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