US DoE to discuss battery performance, cost & safety


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U.S. Department of Energy's Dr. Ping Liu to Present Plenary Keynote Address at Knowledge Foundation's 10th Annual Lithium Battery Power and 5th Annual Battery Safety Conferences in Washington, DC

One of the greatest challenges to creating higher performing, lower cost batteries is moving emerging technologies from the lab to commercial status. The Lithium Battery Power: Driving Breakthrough Energy Technologies from Lab to Market conference addresses critical issues facing the industry, presents innovative and game-changing research on lithium-ion and beyond Li-ion batteries, and fosters cross-industry discussion on ways to advance viable technologies from pure research to practical application and commercialization.

Lithium Battery Power will present papers on high capacity cathodes, anode structures and anode/electrolyte interaction, modeling, simulation, and high-throughput techniques, as well as address the need to connect research science and commercialization.

Energy Storage: The Interplay Between Performance, Cost and Safety
Ping Liu, Ph.D., Program Director, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy
Continuous cost reduction of energy storage systems is critical to realize mass adoption of electric vehicles. The leading approach of employing high specific energy batteries requires system level designs to ensure safety. The ARPA-E RANGE program takes an alternative approach, which develops inherently safer chemistries and architectures that may also serve structural functions on a vehicle to reduce system weight. This approach opens up the possibility of a variety of low-cost novel chemistries and designs. We will highlight a diverse set of technologies including aqueous, solid state, and flow batteries, as well as multifunctional designs. Finally, emerging trends and research needs will be discussed.

Dr. Ping Liu currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), where he initiated the RANGE program and the recent DELTA solicitation. RANGE develops innovative energy storage solutions for electric vehicles, while DELTA supports localized heating and cooling solutions to reduce building energy consumption. Other projects in his portfolio include permanent magnets, carbon capture, superconductors, and grid storage technologies.

Dr. Liu was previously Manager of Energy Technology at HRL Laboratories, a research company jointly owned by Boeing and GM. Prior to joining HRL, Dr. Liu was a research staff with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Dr. Liu's research interest includes electrochemical energy conversion and storage, sensors, actuators, and electrochemical synthesis. Several of his inventions have been transitioned to industry for commercialization and he received an R&D 100 Award for a solid-state battery technology. Dr. Liu has published more than 60 archival journal papers and has more than 40 issued or pending patents. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., all in chemistry, from Fudan University in China.

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