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Schedule of Events

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Sunday, April 28

9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Registration Open

11:30 a.m. 

BCI Golf Tournament
Shotgun Start
Bayou Oaks – South Course
Sponsored by ENTEK

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Sponsored by BCI Supplier Members

Monday, April 29

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Morning Coffee

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Election

  • Kevin Moran, Executive Vice President, Battery Council International, Washington DC

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Innovation Award Presentation

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Keynote Presentation

  • Curt Hébert, Jr., Former Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jackson, MS

Mr. Hébert will discuss potential opportunities for the use of lead batteries in electricity markets throughout the country. These opportunities have emerged as a result of the increased interest in on-site power units and the need for energy storage to support the development and increased usage of zero carbon renewable generation. Over the last decade, federal and state statutory and regulatory policies, in combination with some court decisions and evolving electric power industry fundamentals, have created new markets for manufacturers of on-site power units and suppliers of batteries for energy storage projects. Mr. Hébert will provide a brief overview of the power industry and of its regulatory framework and explain the power markets for battery technologies. He will conclude with a look at the forces in the industry and in politics that will push a continuing expansion of those markets.

Curt Hébert, Jr. is the former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the former Executive Vice President for Entergy Corporation. Hébert has advised energy companies and corporations on numerous matters, including building accountability and transparency into corporate governance, improving the quality of regulatory filings, reporting and relationships, and executing complex, structured regulatory settlements. Hébert has developed broad and deep experience in all segments of the energy sector, spanning exploration and production, natural gas transportation, electric generation and distribution, chemicals, and mining. He also brings a thorough knowledge of national and international energy markets, policy and regulatory processes.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break & Meet the Experts
Engage in conversations and pose questions to industry speakers.

11:00 a.m - 11:15 a.m.

Breaking Through and Making an Impact: Essential Energy Everyday (Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative)

  • Lisa Dry, Director of Strategic Communications, Battery Council International, Washington, D.C.

11:15 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

What's Happening in North America and Around the World: A Global Regulatory and Legislative Update

  • David B. Weinberg, Esq., Wiley Rein LLP, Washington D.C.

12:00 p.m - 12:30 p.m.

Meet the Experts
Engage in conversations and pose questions to industry speakers.

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Power Mart Expo
Lunch will be provided from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Don't forget to check out BCI Theatre from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for special presentations.

2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Suppliers' Marketplace
Private meetings with Power Mart Expo exhibitors. Reservation required.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Power Hour
Enjoy a cocktail while browsing the exhibit hall and chatting with exhibitors.

Tuesday, April 30

7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Registration Open

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

Morning Coffee

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

  • Thomas L. Cubbage III, Deputy Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

Thomas L. Cubbage III serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Science in the U.S. Department of Energy. In the Office of the Under Secretary for Science, he participates in oversight of fundamental energy and discovery science research in the Department’s national labs and user facilities. The Office also supervises environmental management missions to address the legacy of the Manhattan Project and early Cold War weapons development and it supports technology commercialization activities for the entire Department and its 17 national labs. Before his appointment at the Department, Mr. Cubbage was a partner in the Washington office of Covington & Burling LLP. As a lawyer, he appeared in courts across the country and in arbitration hearings in Europe. Those cases spanned a broad array of topics such as oil and gas production, computer science, and biotechnology.Mr. Cubbage also appeared for clients in NRC and FERC regulatory proceedings.

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Technology Roadmap for Lead Batteries

  • Dr. Alistair Davidson, Director, Consortium for Battery Innovation

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m 

Coffee Break & Meet the Experts
Engage in conversations and pose questions to industry speakers.

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Battery Qualification for Next Generation Vehicles (e.g. Start-stop) – How the Lead Battery Industry is Shaping Change

Moderated by: Bob Gruenstern, Interstate Batteries


  • Luca Brisotto, Director Product Management & Applications Transportation EU, Exide Technologies, Bergamo, Italy

Luca Brisotto joined Exide Technologies Product Development in 2001, after an M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering at Polytechnic of Milan. He has since worked as Key Account / Application Engineer for several Car Manufacturers. In 2005 he started working on the development of the first generation EFB batteries for Stop & Start vehicles. Since 2008 he’s been engaged in the development of a new generation of EFB batteries mainly focusing on improved charge acceptance properties and overall performances to match Car Manufacturers challenging requirements. Since 2012, he’s responsible for Exide OE Application Engineering team EU, and is a member of CENELEC TC21X and IEC TC21 international technical committees, as expert from Italy.

  • Jeremy Cordray, Director, Original Equipment, Transportation, NorthStar Battery, Shorewood, IL

    While spending the last 20 years working alongside some of the brightest people in the battery industry, Jeremy Cordray has had the opportunity to present and share his knowledge, ideas and unique perspective at many conferences and seminars throughout North America. Jeremy’s current role with NorthStar Battery is to lead the development and implementation of next generation power storage technologies alongside worldwide OE partners in transportation products. Jeremy’s academic background in Mathematics and Chemistry led him to a career that has included time at AT&T and Midtronics and is focused on the technical aspects of electro-chemical power storage in current and future applications. His current work is focused on innovations in standardizing testing, marketing and consumer knowledge in an industry that is in the midst of an energy revolution.
  • Jean-Paul Douady, CENELEC TC21X Chairman, IEC TC21 WG2 conveno, Exide Technologies, Levallois-Perre, France

    Jean-Paul Douady has been a member of the IEC TC21 WG 2 since 1982, and the CENELEC TC 21X WG3 from 1987 to 2005. He has been chairman of the CENELEC, CLC TC 21X since 2011, and IEC TC21 WG2 convenor since 2011. He has been a member of the AFNOR UF21 battery committee since 2016. He retired from Exide Europe in June 2015 as Senior Director of Commercial Vehicles & OES, responsible for the sales in OEM trucks and OES all segments (cars, trucks and off-road) for Europe, Middle East and Japan, and is currently a consultant.

  • Torsten Hildebrandt, Manager Requirements Analysis, Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA, Hannover, Germany

    Torsten Hildebrandt is responsible for requirements analysis and external standardization in Johnson Controls. He holds an PhD degree in solid state physics from University of Hannover, Germany. He holds secretary position of European standardization committee CENELEC TC21X, is convenor of CENELEC TC21X working group 3 about lead acid starter batteries. Further on he is a member of IEC TC21 working group 2 and convenor of the starter battery committee in German national standardization committee.


  • Eckhard Karden, Technical Specialist, Ford Research Center Aachen GmbH, Aachen, Germany

    Eckhard Karden is Technical Expert for Battery & Energy Storage Technology at Ford’s Corporate Research and Innovation Centre in Aachen, Germany. Since he joined Ford, he was responsible for numerous projects in the fields of powertrain electrification, battery modeling and monitoring, and storage technology assessment, with a main focus on micro-hybridization in low voltage systems.  He holds a degree in physics and a Ph.D (Dr.-Ing.) in electrical engineering from RWTH Aachen University.

  • Joe Liedhegner, Director, Global Flooded Systems Design Engineering, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, WI

    Joe Liedhegner currently holds global responsibility for flooded lead acid battery systems design at Johnson Controls. His scope includes traditional automotive batteries, EFB, heavy duty, and specialty applications. At an industry level, he has led and participated in SAE and BCI task forces for lead acid battery standards development/renewal, including test standards for both traditional automotive applications as well as start-stop applications. Joe holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University with a research focus on electrochemical engineering.

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Meet the Experts
Engage in conversations and pose questions to industry speakers.

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Open ---       Lunch on Own

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Suppliers' Marketplace
Private meetings with Power Mart Expo exhibitors. Reservation required.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Industrial Batteries Three-Year Forecast Report

  • Nicholas Starita, President of the Energy and Industrial Systems Division, Hollingsworth & Vose Co., East Walpole, MA

Nick Starita is currently President of the Energy and Industrial Systems Division at Hollingsworth & Vose, where he oversees H&V’s global battery separator business. Nick has been with H&V for eight years. Prior to H&V, Nick was the Director of Strategy at Milliken & Company. He was with Milliken for nine years in Operations and Strategic Planning roles.




2:30 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Materials Committee Introduction

  • Daniel Breidegam, BCI Materials Committee Chairman, East Penn Manufacturing Co., Lyons Station, PA
2:40 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Lead Analysis Review

  • Neil Hawkes, Commodity Analyst, CRU, Swansea, UK

Neil has been responsible for CRU’s lead market analysis for nearly 30 years and is the main author of the company’s regular reports on this battery metal and a regular speaker at conferences. First founded in 1969, CRU specializes in commodities, delivering global business intelligence across a wide variety of non-ferrous and ferrous metals through analysis, prices, consulting and conferencing.




3:05 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Lithium – A Strategic Mineral for the 21st Century

  • Brian Jaskula, Beryllium, Gallium, and Lithium Commodity Specialist, National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA

Brian W. Jaskula is the beryllium, gallium, and lithium commodity specialist with the National Minerals Information Center, USGS, Reston, Virginia. His research is published annually in the beryllium, gallium, and lithium chapters of the USGS Minerals Commodity Summaries and the USGS Minerals Yearbook. He is an author and co-author of numerous journal articles and USGS mineral fact sheets and contributes to activities related to Material flow and Commodity Lifecycle studies. He holds a BA in Geography from Rutgers University.

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Transportation Batteries A Global Outlook to 2023

  • Ray Kubis, Chairman, Gridtential, Santa Clara, CA

    Ray has been in the battery business for 35 years, in both the automotive and industrial business across the US, the EU and Asia. He started with General Battery in 1980 in Reading, and later joined Johnson Controls in Milwaukee in 1991. He moved to Europe in 1996, living in Belgium, then Switzerland, mostly with Hawker, which was acquired by EnerSys in 2002, and continued as EnerSys' President for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Ray served as the Chairman of the European Battery Industry Association, and returned to the U.S. in 2013 and become President of EcoBat Technologies. Since 2016, he has served on the Board of EcoBat Technologies and serves as the Chairman of Gridtential Energy, who is a Silicon Valley technology.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Women in the Lead Battery Industry Networking Reception
Preservation Hall - Level 2 of New Orleans Marriott
Supporting Sponsor: Batteries International

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Closing Reception
Preservation Hall - Level 2 of New Orleans Marriott

Meet the Experts

Connect with industry speakers and engage in casual discussions at Meet the Experts.

Monday, April 29 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Curt Hébert, Jr. 
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lisa Dry, Tammy Stankey and David B. Weinberg, Esq.
Tuesday, April 30 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Thomas L. Cubbage III and Dr. Alistair Davidson
  12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Luca Brisotto, Jeremy Cordray, Jean-Paul Douady, Torsten Hildebrandt and Eckhard Karden

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