Chief Technical OfficerTechmet
Solution Architect for Battery TestingKeysight Technologies, Inc.
Director & FounderBlueskytec Ltd
DirectorThe Battery Technology Show
Market Researcher/ConsultantYano Research Institute
Research AnalystCredit Suisse
Battery Thermal EngineerNASA
Automotice SpecialistAdevanced Propulsion Centre
Founder and PresidentFactorial Energy
Founder and CEOEnergyX
Head EV MarketingJustPark
Chief EngineerBattery atUTAC
Techmet is building projects to secure the supply of the key metals critical to the future growth of electric vehicles, battery storage, renewable energy and other disruptive technologies. It has both producing and development assets involved in the mining, processing and recycling of these metals.
Simon is a geologist by training but has spent the last 15 years in the world of mining finance: analysing, researching and investing in various sectors of the natural resource space. Having completed a M.Sc. at the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College), he spent time as an exploration geologist in Europe. After this, he moved into mergers and acquisitions in the metals and mining sector before spending time as a Mining Analyst for two stockbrokers, and a stint as part of a team manging multi-billion dollar natural resource funds at Investec Asset Management. He believes that the move to electrification of transportation will be transformative for the metals and mining space and is excited to be part of a team that is creating the supply chain to feed it.
Bob started at Hewlett-Packard in 1984. During his 35 years with HP, Agilent, and now Keysight, Bob has been part of the company’s marketing and R&D organizations for power supplies, electronic loads, power analysers, data acquisition equipment, and test systems. Now, as a solution architect, Bob is responsible to create Keysight’s battery testing solutions roadmap by researching customer and industry trends and developing plans to meet emerging customer needs.
He was product manager for several generations of power supplies, including the first modular power system introduced by HP in 1989. He has also managed Agilent’s power supply test systems business, wireless power business, and battery test systems business.
Bob holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA.
Chris is a true engineer at heart, able to realise complete solutions from physical systems through to multi-complex software platforms and algorithms. In 2001 he gained PhD from University of Bath in Digital Signal Processing on Internal Combustion Engines where he developed non-intrusive sensors to gain knowledge of physical processes within a cylinder head using advanced wavelet analysis and adaptive neural networks. From 2003 to 2013, he spent 10 years helping to build a successful engineering consultancy and technology business which was sold to EDIF/ERA. Chris was the TD and responsible for cyber-security, video processing systems, electronic signature management systems to various government programs. He started Blueskytec in 2013 to build upon the cyber-physical knowledge he has in Automotive, Industrial Control Systems and Industrial IoT. He has a special interest in the cyber-physical aspects of Batteries-Control-Drive-MGU power train of personal transport and renewable energy systems.
Paul is an innovative and experienced powertrain engineer, with over 20 years' experience in developing high efficiency internal combustion engines and energy management systems, leading programmes from initial concept demonstration through production development and on to post-production support.
Always seeking to find creative and elegant solutions, and to develop and build knowledge and understanding further.
Adam Chase leads E4tech’s work on energy policy and low carbon vehicles and has degrees in Economics, Engineering, Energy & Environmental Technology. Adam has been a Director of E4tech since joining in 2001. His project work often relates to corporate or national strategy and involves an understanding of how energy systems operate, rather than technologies in isolation. Adam’s particular interest is low carbon innovation in the energy and automotive sectors. He also has operational responsibility for the London office. Adam was previously a manager with the global management consulting firm A.T.Kearney, where he took part in and led teams engaged in a wide range of strategic and operational projects across the international energy and chemicals sectors. Prior to this, Adam worked for seven years in the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry and also spent time as a journalist with the Financial Times organisation, focusing on energy, environment and automotive issues.
Tim has over 35 years experience exclusively working in the light and heavy commercial vehicle sector on a global scale, helping many of the household names from OEM’s, Tier 1 and Finance institutions His consultancy and training company operates around the world offering insights into the various aspects of the commercial vehicle sector, particularly looking at the autonomy, connectivity and zero emission vehicles. Tim holds Galileo Master Certificate in Electric Vehicles from the European Energy Centre. Speeches and moderator engagements in the last 12 months include Urban Freight Alexandra Palace London, CV Show Chennai India, Green Truck Show Indianapolis USA, CV Forum Pune India and FTA Future Van Conference Coventry. He has had a home in the US for 17 years and travels around the world reviewing the advances in alternative fuels and connectivity for the commercial vehicle market including countries such as India, China, Japan, South America, Australia, Russia as well as Europe and the US.
John Weir highly entrepreneurial professional with extensive experience of running businesses both large and small, including launching The Wearable Technology Show in the UK and USA - the largest events for emerging technology.
This year sees him and CEO Lisa Doerr launching The Battery Technology Show for its inaugural event in London.
Sachiya Inagaki, MBA, Senior Exucutive Manager/Seoul Branch Office
Manager, Industrial Technology Unit/Seoul Branch Office, Yano Research
Sachiya Inagaki has been working with Yano Research Institute since
August 2000. Since 2009, he has been focusing primarily on market
research for xEVs, LiB cells and it's materials. He also has been
publishing market reports as to LiB and material annually and conducting
a lot of custermised research so far.
Since August 2011, he had been in a position of General Manager of Seoul
branch office for three years and he has been in a position of Senior
Executive Manager of Industrial Technology Unit at headquarter in Tokyo,
He has acquired MBA from Tsukuba University in 2007.
Charles Bentley is a research analyst at Credit Suisse in London covering European Chemicals, with a primary focus on battery materials and the EV supply chain.
He joined Credit Suisse from Sanford C. Bernstein, where he covered the sector as an associate for two years. Charles is a CFA Charterholder and a qualified accountant.
Managing director, founder and one of the visionaries of CUSTOMCELLS®. As early as 2011, Leopold König positioned himself for electromobility by moving to the development department for lithium polymer cells at Fraunhofer ISIT and founding CUSTOMCELLS® Itzehoe GmbH the following year. Leopold König is a specialist for application analyses and production technologies related to battery cells. Before that, he gained several years of international professional experience in the context of corporate controlling, the digitalization of factories, the construction and new construction of a pharmaceutical production facility in China and the technical support of large-scale real estate projects. The diversity of the individual projects has led to an extensive cross-industry network. He studied industrial engineering at Stralsund University, specializing in mechanical engineering and business management. Previously, Leopold König worked for several years as a paramedic in emergency situations and learned at an early age how to act proactively and lead teams under difficult conditions.
Mike Valentine is Projects Lead for Tri-Wall UK, a leading manufacturer of technical packaging solutions. Mike was previously Director of ROV services & Sea-Urchin UK, developing advanced electrical propulsion systems for hostile environments.
He has spent the last two years working in collaboration with JLR, 3M, HSE, Denchi, Potenza, WMG & Lifeline on the LIBRIS project, to research and develop our understanding of safety around lithium-ion battery hazards and mitigation methods.
His experience within automotive, marine and aviation, along with his knowledge of electrical power systems has been developed through working with market leading organisations and has influenced business change in major manufacturers.
Mike has been instrumental in improving our understanding of lithium-ion battery hazards to inform future transportation standards, as well as energy storage and transport best practice.
Dr Jack Gabzdyl is Industry Manager at TRUMPF where he has worked in numerous roles over the past 14 years primarily with SPI Lasers. Jack has 35 years laser processing experience with over 60 technical publications. Jack has a PhD from Imperial College London in laser materials processing. Jack has been actively involved in the wider promotion of laser technology having been chair of the UK ‘Make it With Laser’ programme, UK delegate to the IIW and a committee member of AILU. His contribution has recently been recognised by election as a Fellow of the Laser Institute of America (LIA).
Dr. William Q. Walker received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Houston. William is employed by NASA Johnson Space Center where his career primarily focuses on the safe design and optimization of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery assemblies for human spaceflight applications. Specifically, William focuses on the thermal management of Li-ion battery assemblies, battery safety in general, and the development of new calorimetric techniques for thermal runaway characterization. Most recently, Dr. Walker has been involved with and supported the development of Fractional Thermal Runaway Calorimetry (FTRC) techniques which provide the capability to discern the fraction of thermal runaway energy ejected away from the Li-ion cell versus that which remains with the cell. Recently recognized with a NASA Trailblazer award and with the RNASA Stellar Award for his early career contributions to Li-ion battery thermal analysis and calorimetry methods, Dr. Walker continues to be engaged in the academic and professional communities focused on battery safety.
Niall Johanson’s extensive experience in the Motorsport, high-performance engineering and automotive sectors spans over 4 decades. After a hugely successful career in F1 and WRC hydraulics and engine preparation, Niall now applies his expertise to develop new automotive technologies using thermoformed plastics.
This has particular relevance to engineers involved in power electronics, traction battery pack production and other fragile or critical components, especially when using robotised manipulation for all-round protection and fast assembly.
Supported by a team of technical design engineers the Charpak Automotive Division individually designs and manufactures product specific packaging on its state-of-the-art thermoforming machines. These technologies mean packaging is precision-engineered and manufactured to the same tolerances and accuracy as the components themselves. This breakthrough in precision-thermoformed packaging allows robotic manipulation to be carried out, without disturbing the end packaging, thus greatly improving efficiency. Ranging from improvements in line-speed, and reduced manual handling this ensures significant cost saving and hygienic benefits.
Charpak tailor-made protective packaging solutions include easy-pick and place components that are fully integrated into the supply chain dunnage and stillage. Designed to fit into standardised re-usable shipping containers this also optimises transport and distribution efficiencies.
The super-cleaned and recycled plastics are highly versatile to work within supply chain automated processes and existing outer packaging. Designed to reduce waste and increase efficiency, the lightweight protective packaging offers the benefits of multiple reuse and can be recycled at the end of its useful life, ready for re-manufacture into new products or packaging. Full traceability, accidental, atmospheric and corrosion protection is a given.
Creating circular and sustainable economies for the automotive, advanced engineering and electronics sectors, Niall can advise on the development of circular and closed-loop solutions, and the subsequent unique benefits in lowering environmental impacts, reducing costs, efficient stock handling, increasing manufacturing process efficiencies and greatly improved end-product reliability.
Dr Fergusson is the Founder and CEO of FAC Technology and a Lecturer in Composite Materials at Imperial College. FAC Technology is a scale-up that develops novel adhesives and composites which have tailored microstructures starting from nanometres up. The company started out developing highly damage and UV resistant resins for producing composite foams and composite sandwich panels; these are used in Nordisk Aviation’s Airline Freight containers. Since then the company has developed nanocomposite systems designed to impart additional functionality beyond damage resistance such as very high thermal conductivity adhesives for Allison Transmission and non-combustible foams for use in building cladding. Some of FACT’s composite foams and panels can also pass test methods under development that aim to emulate the effect of lithium cells in thermal runaway on materials used in air cargo containers; aluminium alloys fail this test.
At Imperial College, Dr Fergusson writes and delivers half the course on composite materials taught to undergraduates and postgraduates in the Mechanical Engineering Department and supervises a number of PhD students. His BEng, MSc and PhD are all from Imperial College and he sits on the Strategic Advisory Board for the Mechanical Engineering Department there too.
Jon Regnart has experience in policy and research within the sustainable energy sector, combined with a keen interest in the environment and public policy.
He has a BA in International Relations and at the APC Jon supports the Technology Trend Manager in updating the industry consensus technology road maps and capability studies.
Alex Yu is a Founder and President of Factorial Energy, a breakthrough solid-state battery technology company. Led by Yu and Siyu Huang, Factorial has pioneered a new solid-state electrolyte material battery technology, FEST (Factorial Electrolyte System Technology), empowering a more sustainable future with highest performance and safest batteries for electric vehicles, homes, and critical applications. Alex earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University and holds several patents in advanced battery technology. Alex believes battery technology is the key to unlocking reliable, safe, and affordable EVs worldwide.
Developing 20Ah solid-state battery for large-scale EV application
Dr. Yu of Factorial Inc. will discuss the company's efforts to transform battery technology to enable safe, affordable, and manufacturable products for e-Mobility, including the development and performance of the company's segment-leading polymer-based solid-state FEST™ electrolyte.
Teague Egan is the Founder and CEO of EnergyX, responsible for all aspects of building the company into the world leader in renewable energy technologies. Teague’s background is one of serial entrepreneurship, investing, inventing, and philanthropy and he has been investing in public sector energy assets and sustainable technologies since 2013.
EnergyX: The future of lithium production and next generation of battery technology
Dr. Daniel Frese received his PhD in Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany, in 2013.
Since 2014 he is Application Specialist at KRÜSS GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Frese has been working
together with key companies and research centers in the field of automotive, aviation and electronics, just to
name a few, building solid experience in surface and interface science. Since 2020, he is Application Market
Manager and responsible for BI/MI with a strong focus on battery and EV topics, supporting key customers
in this field with know how.
Dr.-Ing. Alexander Gitis received a PhD from RWTH Aachen University in the field of lithium-ion batteries. Subsequently, he worked as a post-doc and area coordinator at a DFG research group. During his career he managed numerous academic and industrial development projects.
In early 2019, he co-founded SAFION, which he has led as CEO since incorporation. Dr. Gitis has been working in the battery technology for more than 10 years and is an experienced speaker as well as an expert for diagnosis and quality assurance of lithium-ion batteries.
Pirmin Ulmann is co-founder and CEO of b-science.net, an information service for Li-ion battery researchers. He obtained a diploma in chemistry from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2004 and a PhD from Northwestern University (USA) in 2009. Thereafter, he was a JSPS Foreign Fellow at the University of Tokyo (Japan). From 2010 to 2016, while working at a major battery materials manufacturer in Switzerland, he was a co-inventor of 7 patent families related to lithium-ion batteries. He holds the credential Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM) and has co-authored scientific publications with more than 1,700 citations.
A passionate advocate for electric vehicles, Matt leads JustPark's EV Marketing team, having worked within the EV industry since 2014. From leading Tesla's UK marketing to heading up Groupe Renault's Northern Territories electrification projects, Matt has worked within the biggest names in the industry. Now, he leads JustPark's growth to become the UK's largest charging network, and helps fleets transition to EV years earlier than planned.
Peter joined what is now UTAC in 2018 as the Chief Engineer for Battery. Based at UTAC’s site in Millbrook UK, Peter provides expert knowledge and experience in the technical and practical aspects of battery technology.
Previously he worked for Johnson Matthey Battery Systems for 6 years as Chief Electronics Technologist, prior to this he was Director - Electrical/Electronic Engineering at Ricardo a large automotive consultancy where he specialised in batteries.
The need to provide proven, energy efficient, clean air solutions for battery research, development, testing and manufacturing facilities is critical to their success. Facilities need to produce the highest quality products with the highest manufacturing yield whilst protecting employees and the environment from release of particulate and molecular contamination. Camfils’ more than 55 years of global knowledge, experience and capability has allowed us to apply tried and tested solutions used in other critical environments such as Semiconductor, Biopharma, Biological Containment and Nuclear, to the battery sector in order that it can achieve the goals of efficiency, safety and sustainability. With an ever increasing portfolio of key customers in this sector across the US, Europe and Asia, Camfil brings unrivalled experience, expertise and assurance to each and every project.