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Yunasko at the NAATBatt 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference

The NAATBatt 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference concluded last week in Litchfield Park (Phoenix), Arizona. The meeting was marred only by the near perfect weather, while most of our colleagues in North America struggled through a particularly harsh stretch of winter. Aside from the weather, the meeting was a great success.

Yunasko was selected to present ultracapacitor’s technology at Energy Storage Innovation Summit. The Summit features “flash” presentations about potentially disruptive, market-ready emerging storage technologies that will be coming to the market soon.

Please download copy of Yunasko presentation here.

The presentation main idea was to combine best from two different worlds of ultracapacitors an batteries and build significantly better energy storage device now.

The UL workshop on lithium battery safety got particularly good reviews. Bob Swaim from the NTSB gave a detailed report of the NTSB’s findings on the Dreamliner (Boeing 787) battery incidents.

In the estimate of many attendees, the highlight of the meeting was the presentation of our keynote speaker, Captain Michael Ziv, Group Director of the NAVSEA Technology Office. Captain Ziv talked about the rail gun and laser weapons systems that the U.S. navy is just starting to deploy and the role of energy storage technology in enabling those systems.

Another highlight was the panel on the future of lithium battery technology, featuring Stan Whittingham, Khalil Amine and Mike Thackeray. Drs. Whittingham, Amine and Thackeray are three of the leading experts in the world in lithium-ion technology (Stan Whittingham can lay claim to being the inventor of the lithium-ion battery, an accomplishment for which he received a lifetime achievement award at the meeting). During the course of their discussion, and in response to several questions from the audience, the panelists emphasized that lithium-ion battery technology is going to be an important battery technology for quite some time. They also outlined their views as to what advances are likely to be made in lithium-ion battery technology over the next few decades and, perhaps as important, what hoped for advances are more likely to disappoint. It was a fascinating discussion.