Upcoming Events

May 2021 forum (via Zoom)

Friday, May 14 — 9 to 10 AM

Charging Ahead: New Developments in the Battery Industry

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Meeting ID: 961 8041 7723 • Passcode: 238274

Presenter: Dr. Simon Clark, coordinator of the HYDRA battery project at SINTEF, one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations. He will be making his presentation from Norway.

Batteries have become a central part of our daily lives. From the small batteries that power our smart phones and mobile devices to gargantuan batteries that can power an entire city, these devices are a cornerstone of the modern technological landscape. But what actually goes on inside a lithium-ion battery? How have developers managed to reduce the cost of batteries by nearly 90% within the last ten years? And what does the future hold for battery technology in the age of the Gigafactory? In this talk, battery researcher Dr. Simon Clark discusses how the battery industry got to where it is today, what challenges it faces in the coming decade, and what exciting new developments are on the horizon.

Dr. Simon Clark is a research scientist and engineer developing new battery technology. After earning his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2009, he worked as a design simulation consultant to the spaceflight industry. He began developing novel battery chemistries in 2012 and earned his Ph.D. in Computational Electrochemistry in Germany through cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU). Since 2018, he has worked as a research scientist at SINTEF Industry in Trondheim, Norway.

Currently, Dr. Clark coordinates the European research project HYDRA, which seeks to improve both the energy density and sustainability of Li-ion batteries. He leads the development of the Battery Interface Ontology (BattINFO) to support battery digitalization and interoperability of data, and he consults to the Li-ion cell manufacturing industry.

All Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council events are free and open to the public.

June 2021 forum (via Zoom)

Friday, June 11 — 9 to 10 AM

To be announced.

All Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council events are free and open to the public.