Assessing the Safety of Solid-State Battery Technology

Exponent Presents at Cambridge EnerTech Solid-State Battery Summit

August 8 - 9, 2023
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Solid-state batteries are poised to revolutionize far-ranging industries and technologies — from electric vehicle manufacturing and drones to wearables and equipment designed for use in space. But while solid-state batteries could be a breakthrough for the global adoption of advanced battery technologies, challenges remain for ensuring their safety and preventing catastrophic battery failure.

At the Cambridge EnerTech Solid-State Battery Summit, connect with Exponent Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry Senior Scientist Lucy Buannic, Ph.D., and Materials & Corrosion Engineering Associate Wahid Zaman, Ph.D., to learn how we can help you solve your toughest battery challenges. Dr. Buannic will present technical approaches to assessing solid-state battery safety and to testing new designs before being brought to market; and Dr. Zaman will present on identifying unique failure modes of solid-state battery packs and the need for quantitative assessments.

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"Safety Standards and Solid-State Batteries: Is Understanding Lithium-Ion Technology Enough?"

AUGUST 8-9, 2023

Speaker: Lucy Buannic, Ph.D.

Though little is widely known about solid-state battery failures, what we do know is that catastrophic battery failure can occur from reactive lithium metal anodes and higher energy densities — unless sound engineering and design can mitigate the risks. Evaluating new solid-state battery designs prior to commercialization, ensuring adherence to battery safety standards, and understanding unique failure modes to prevent unexpected field failures are crucial when designing and manufacturing solid-state batteries. This presentation will explore how solid-state battery safety can be accurately assessed, including electrochemical and calorimetric techniques.

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"Safety of Solid-State Batteries: A Pack-Level Perspective"

AUGUST 8-9, 2023

Speaker: Wahid Zaman, Ph.D.

While researchers consider solid-state batteries safer than conventional lithium-ion batteries, they are not risk-free from thermal runaway scenarios. Thermodynamic models predict that the total heat release due to internal shorting can be significantly higher in solid-state batteries. Internal short-circuiting due to dendrite propagation or mechanical failure of solid electrolytes (separators) can occur from various abusive conditions and can rapidly convert the stored energy into heat. For battery packs, this may lead to large-scale lithium metal-induced fire events. This presentation will highlight the potential failure modes of solid-state batteries, ranging from a cell to pack level, and the need for quantitively assessing the unique failure modes through customized testing. 

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Be at the forefront of solid-state battery technology innovation and safety with leading-edge industry and technical insights, as well as manufacturing cost control strategies and key market forecasts for solid-state batteries.

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