The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo’ Europe debut closed earlier this month in Sindelfingen, Germany to widespread praise and promises to return next year.
The inaugural event drew more than 4,000 visitors over three days and was representative of the entire industry spectrum, with engineers, R&D specialists, C-level personnel, and purchasing people all gathered together under one roof to discover the very latest innovations and technology in the battery and electric vehicle sectors.
The expo had a unique offering for visitors: the opportunity to see first-hand the latest cutting-edge technologies and solutions for battery applications from more than 200 specialist suppliers including Daimler, Paraclete Energy, Voltabox AG, CATL, Continental, Valeo and Siemens.
Automotive manufacturing giant Daimler presented their smart battery technology due to launch later this year, giving visitors to their booth a unique insight into the not-too-distant future of electric drive technology. Paraclete Energy marked an industry first when they announced their new prelithiated SM-Silicon PL – the first scalable air and moisture stable prelithiated silicon. Speaking at the unveiling, CEO Jeff Norris said, “The last disruptive technology to hit the battery industry was the li-ion battery in the early 90s. Air and water-stable prelithiated SM-Silicon/PL could be just as disruptive."
Crowds gathered at Voltabox AG’s stand as Jurgen Pampel, vice president of sales, presented the 48V LTO module for mild hybrid applications. Over at CATL’s booth, visitors enjoyed a demo of the 8V pack for mild hybrid powertrain, PHEV battery system, ‘EnerSpeedy’ fast-charging products, and the ‘EnerMagic’ large-capacity cell for commercial vehicles by CTO and conference speaker Bob Galyen. HUBER+SUHNER demonstrated how their cooled cable and connector enables high-power charging of electric vehicles, with attendees impressed by the sub 20-minute charging time. Another live demo took place at Sovema and Bitrode Corporation’s stand, where they made major announcements and unveiled new battery products.
The show floor was abuzz with activity over the entire course of the three-day event. Siemens AG’s Marc Deyda commented, “Wow, it’s quite crowded! Yesterday was an adrenaline-fuelled day. I was so proud to be here, customers just attacked us – we got so many questions, it was amazing.” This was a sentiment echoed by many others, who were impressed by the scale of the event and the calibre of exhibiting companies and conference speakers.
As well as showcasing their battery solutions, industry heavyweights shared insights at the high-level conference, which ran alongside the main exhibition event. The opening plenary keynote conference session set the tone for the following days, with a packed room listening intently as speakers from LG Chem, Renault, the European Commission, and PSA Group shared their thoughts and ideas on the future of hybrid and electric technologies. They spoke in detail on the measures needed to strengthen the European battery sector and analysed how the growth and spread of both European and Asian battery producers could have an impact on the sector.
At the second day of panel sessions, experts considered the global nature of battery manufacturing and examined clever new components for drive technology. An entire track was dedicated to the future of 48V – a theme that inspired interesting perspectives from some of the industry’s leading minds. ADD-Solution’s Edmund Erich looked at 48V challenges and solutions, a theme that was built on by Daimler’s Michael Timmann, Continental’s Stefan Lauer, and Valeo’s Olivier Coppin, who discussed in fascinating detail the development and evolution of the 48V system. Speakers also tackled topics including how to improve battery manufacturing processes and how to drive advanced production capabilities, and delivered a market forecast for pricing and scale using cost scenarios for manufacturing around the world.
Show testimonials were overwhelmingly positive, with attending companies praising everything from the quality of products on display to the high-level panel discussions and the opportunity to forge new business connections. Hongfa Europe GmbH’s Christian Veit said, “We were really positively surprised about the amount of leads we had and definitely we will come next year.” TE Connectivity Germany GmbH’s Uwe Hanck commented, “We really enjoyed the quality of the conversations with both technical experts and decision makers.” This feeling was shared with many others, with HUBER+SUHNER’s Max Göldi saying, “We are kind of overwhelmed with how many people are here, it’s very knowledgeable people so it’s a big difference to standard exhibition, here are all the engineers and people from that market.”
As three days of industry activity wrapped up, many began looking ahead to the 2018 The Battery Show Europe and Electric & Hybrid Technology Expo Europe, with significant numbers of rebookings for next year’s show in Hannover, Germany.
Find out more about the event at www.thebatteryshow.eu.