PHOTOS: A Recap of The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo
October 03, 2016 | Dr. Priya Bendale, Senior Director of Applications Engineering
The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan is a well-attended conference, with attendees from across the globe, covering energy storage technology, equipment manufacturers, technology enthusiasts and representatives from private and government organizations.
Technical presentations are held in parallel sessions. These presentations range from the fundamentals of energy storage, primarily batteries, systems integration aspects, which include battery monitoring systems, and thermal management methodologies.
Maxwell is an active participant at this conference with a large booth where we exhibit various products and product literature. The booth is staffed by our sales and applications engineering teams and provides a great opportunity to discuss the use of ultracapacitors (also known as supercapacitors) in various applications. Our friendly sales and applications engineering folks were actively engaged in educating visitors to the booth, technical discussions and recommending ultracapacitor-based solutions for a wide range of applications.
I had the opportunity to present a paper on "Ultracapacitors for 48V" at the "48V/Mild-Hybrid Battery and Energy Storage Design Considerations" session. The session was moderated by Dr. Oliver Gross from FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automotive) and my fellow participants included Mark J. Rychlinski from General Motors and Jeff Kessen from A123.
Dr. Gross gave a brief overview of 48V applications and platform development while Mr. Rychlinski provided an overview of the systems architectures; he touched upon the advantages of using ultracapacitors for start/stop and the recent implementation of ultracapacitors on the Cadillac platform.
Jeff Kessen from A123 presented details on their new 48V LFP battery. Both our session and the prior session on "Enabling 48V and Low-Voltage Mild Hybrid Architectures" were very informative and provided good learning experiences. Judging by the discussions, it is apparent that the automotive industry is still looking for a "killer app" which will be a broad implementation of 48V systems rather than limited to high-end vehicles which can absorb the higher cost. This is also a challenging time for energy storage devices which need to improve in performance to meet the increasing power and energy demands to enable 48V applications. This is where our ultracapacitor technology, with high power densities, plays an important role.
Dr. Priya Bendale
Senior Director of Applications Engineering
About this author
Dr. Priya Bendale, senior director of applications engineering, has over 18 years of experience in engineering management, product development and R&D of energy systems and holds several patents in this area. Prior to her current role, Priya held technology management positions at Energizer in Gainesville, Florida, the defense industry, and as senior director of advanced development at Maxwell. Priya holds a Ph.D. with training in electrochemistry at the Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences (YCES) at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; a Research Associate in materials science and engineering at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, and a certificate in systems engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
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