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Monday, April 27

 12:00 p.m. ET

Welcome & Opening Remarks


 12:15 p.m. ET

Powering a Sustainable Future: Batteries Are Driving Energy Transition and Mobility in Europe

The ambitious "Green Deal" puts the European Union's (EU) policies on climate, mobility and energy transition in a long-term perspective. EUROBAT insists on the need for a consistent EU legislative framework, enabling all battery technologies to contribute to sustainable solutions. At the same time, our industry must "walk the talk" on global material stewardship and be a champion for responsible manufacturing and recycling.

Speaker: Dr. Marc Zoellner, CEO, HOPPECKE Batteries, Brilon, Germany

Dr. Marc Zoellner is CEO and Managing Shareholder of HOPPECKE Batteries. HOPPECKE Batteries is the largest producer of industry battery systems in European ownership and specializes ininnovative storage solutions. HOPPECKE is also a long-standing member of EUROBAT, of which Dr. Zoellner was appointed President in June 2019. From 1994 to 1998, Dr. Zoellner worked in different business units of Linde AG, a German manufacturer of forklift trucks, after which he returned to the family business HOPPECKE as General Manager for Motive Power Batteries. During his keynote presentation, Dr. Zoellner will share insights into opportunities to advance the lead battery industry globally.

 1:00 p.m. ET

CBI: Key Results and Promising Research Areas

Speaker: Dr. Alistair Davidson, Director, Consortium for Battery Innovation, London, England

Dr. Alistair Davidson is Director of CBI, managing all the consortium’s work programs. Alistair attended the University of Oxford and obtained a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He has lectured at both Washington State University, USA and the University of Chongqing, China.



 1:30 p.m. ET

BCI Failure Mode Study

Speaker: Davis Knauer, East Penn Manufacturing, Co., Lyons Station, PA

The Battery Failure Mode Report, produced by the BCI Technical Committee, will present the data collected for this research study, conducted every 5 years.  Batteries were removed from light vehicle applications in the United States. Failure mode identification and the impact on battery life results will be discussed.  In addition, the factors that are impacting battery life in today’s light vehicles will also be briefly presented.



 2:00 p.m. ET

Industrial Batteries Forecast

Speaker: 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 nine 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. ET

Transportation Battery Forecast: Electrification - Revolution or Evolution?

Speaker: Ray Kubis, Chairman, Gridtential, Santa Clara, CA

Ray has been in the battery business for 40 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 as the Chairman of Gridtential Energy, which is a Silicon Valley based battery technology start-up featuring bi-polar, advanced lead batteries.


 3:00 p.m. ET

Innovation Award Presentation