Michigan and The Battery Show: A powerful pairing
With close to 90,000 engineers, 400 R&D centers, several world-renowned innovators and manufacturing sites, a deep supply chain, advanced mobility and automotive roots Michigan is an international leader in the energy storage sector and a natural choice as the host state for The Battery Show. As the premier energy storage event in North America, this year’s event attracted over 4,500 visitors and nearly 400 exhibitors in Novi, September 16-18, 2014.
NextEnergy, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and thirteen other partners came together at this year’s event to form The Michigan Pavilion. The Pavilion served as a one-stop shop for Battery Show attendees to engage with key stakeholders in Michigan’s thriving energy storage ecosystem; from early-stage companies and universities to mature firms and economic development organizations. Pavilion partners included: Automation Alley, Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, Grand Valley State University, Inmatech, Inventev, Lakeshore Advantage, LogiCoul Solutions, Na4B, New Energetic Materials Research, Oakland University/OU Inc., Optimal Process Technologies, Sybesma’s Electronics, and the University of Michigan Energy Institute.
In addition to the well-received Michigan Pavilion, Dan Radomski and I moderated several conference panel sessions at The Battery Show. Dan’s sessions covered challenges and advancements in large-format lithium ion battery manufacturing and R&D commercialization on breakthrough transportation battery technologies, while my session covered battery pack design and engineering for integration into xEVs. We heard from battery and automotive OEMs, early-stage companies, as well as the US Department of Energy, ARPA-e, during these panels. Other Michigan organizations with a strong showing at this year’s event included: Advanced Battery Concepts, Elegus Technologies, Energy Power Systems, Hybrid Design Services, LithSafe, Magna Steyr Battery Systems, Navitas Systems, Sakti3, XALT Energy and XG Sciences, among others.
With batteries being used in everything from consumer electronics to electric vehicles and stationary/grid applications, it’s no surprise that The Battery Show gets bigger and better every year. Floor space in 2014 almost doubled that of 2013 and overall attendance increased to 4,624 with 30% more delegates in attendance. OEM attendance at the conference increased from 5% to 13% from 2013 to 2014. For more information and 2014 highlights, click here.
This powerful pairing will continue in 2015 as it returns to Novi, September 15-17. Space is already filing up so make sure to reserve yours today! Next year’s conference will co-locate with the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, as well as, Critical Power Expo, new for 2015.
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We look forward to working with you in the coming year as we continue to grow Michigan’s power energy storage ecosystem.