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Chairman’s 5 Picks for The Battery Show

Bob Galyen
Event Chairman Bob Galyen shares what he is most looking forward to this year at The Battery Show North America.

In less than a decade, The Battery Show North America has become symbolic of how rapidly the “electrification” movement is sweeping the world. With attendance of over 8,000 people, more than 150 speakers, and over 70 hours of educational opportunities, this show has become one of the premier shows in the world. The significant value offered by this 2018 show is in the networking opportunities, high quality papers, fantastic expo show room, and the overall environment with the thought leaders of our industry.

It is my honor to be the Chairman of The Battery Show North America 2018.  Actually, the show is three leading shows in one powerful event: The Battery Show, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, and the Critical Power Expo. All three run concurrently on one showroom floor, which fills the Novi Suburban Collection Showplace facilities.

This event differentiates itself from many battery conferences, as it mixes the commercial application of the various technologies required to build energy storage from batteries for use in real life products for sale. These include the markets for mobility and stationary energy storage products. This event is well covered by all the major media outlets and publishers for battery and battery related products. Please allow me to give you a bird’s eye view of this year’s conference.

Since the inception of The Battery Show at the beginning of this decade, we only had an idea of the widespread adoption of the electrification effort worldwide. Back in the 1990s, we had such a movement. But for those of you who are old enough to remember Who Killed the Electric Car?, you will understand that it was a flash in the pan at great cost. Now, we actually see the adoption of electrification happening in market growth in Asia, Europe, and North America. 

Much of this adoption is for different reasons in those regions, but the end result is a movement away from fossil fuels toward more electrified vehicles. If the attendance and the technical papers are any indication of this movement, it is clearly going to hold this time and has become far more than a flash in the pan. [Editor's note: Chelsea Sexton, notably featured in Who Killed the Electric Car?, will be delivering a keynote at The Battery Show.]

As the CTO of the largest battery company in the world, I can attest that you will get the cutting edge technologies and in-depth educational opportunities from the engineers and executives who are making it happen worldwide. The supply chain base will be there in force on the showroom floor for three days with over 600 strong helping us build great products for applications in transportation (including land, water, and air), portable electronics, medical, military, telecommunications, stationary power, and many more. And did I mention, the Expo pass is free? You get to see some of the latest designs, manufacturing processes, materials, and general trends in the combination of all of these. In fact, the biggest benefit is networking on the floor to make contacts for future follow-up.

During the three day conference program, you will see a unique multi-track session program, which is timed to allow you to jump from one session to another smoothly. One of my favorites is the first day, when you hear what the key executives have to say on the trends of the global market. Sometimes, it even gets into a few heated debates of political fringes, economic trade barriers, and technology challenges—you know, the stuff we all enjoy! It should be interesting this year as well, as the topics were carefully chosen and the papers were reviewed by a committee of experts within each segment to ensure good-quality presentations.   

Although we have a great variety in this year’s conference agenda, each one of us will have favorites. I find it more interesting to jump back and forth between the track sessions specific to my interests. Yours may vary widely from mine, but let me give you an example. With my role as a CTO with a chemistry background, there will be more focus on future development areas. Therefore, I have selected the following to attend:

Typically, my show plan includes a mixture between the great conference sessions and carefully planned time on the expo floor to provide maximum benefit. To that point, the conference sponsors have a great tool in the top navigation on their website called “My Show Planner” to assist you in creating the best plan for your needs. 

Make sure to visit The Battery Show website for the entire program of this event and register for the event. There are significant improvements in the navigation tools and the agenda, mapped out in an easy to read calendar format. You can add your selections into “My Show Planner” along with your own scheduled meetings for a complete agenda of your entire show. 

I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone at The Battery Show North America 2018 in September! 

Bob Galyen currently holds the position Chief Technical Officer of Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL), located in NingDe City, Fujian Province, in The People’s Republic of China. Bob is recognized as one of the top executives in the battery energy storage world with experience in technology and business operations of small and large corporations.

The Battery Show, Sept. 11-13, 2018, in Novi, MI, will feature Bob Galyen participating in a Leaders' Roundtable discussion on Examining Battery Market Drivers, along with more than 100 other technical discussions covering topics ranging from new battery technologies to thermal management. Register for the event, hosted by Design News’ parent company UBM.
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