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Electrochemical Energy Summit

ECS Electrochemical Energy Summit (E2S)
Grand Challenges for Energy Conversion and Large Scale Energy Storage

High Temperature Materials/Battery/Energy Technology/Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering

Symposium Organizers: Y. Katayama | B. Liaw | T. Nguyen | R. Savinell | X.D. Zhou

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 | Room 311, Level 3, HCC

E2S, the second international ECS Electrochemistry Energy Summit, will take place on October 11, 2012 from 0800 to 1800h and will bring together prominent scientists, policy makers, government officials, and industry leaders. Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz of Hawaii will be one of four keynote speakers and eleven panelists. This summit is intended to provide a forum for discussions on challenges of large scale energy storage from a technical, economic, and social perspective, and address a main topic, Grand Challenges for Large Scale Energy Storage. Invited speakers, all leaders in this arena, will provide a high level understanding of the issues and approaches being taken across the globe, and locally in Hawaii, a pioneering State in renewable energy implementation.

Energy Storage Policies, Demonstration Projects, and Global Priorities

Brian Schatz Keynote Speaker
BRIAN SCHATZ was inaugurated as the 11th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawai’i on December 6, 2010. Lt. Governor Schatz was raised in Hawai’i, and attended Pomona College in Claremont, California. From 1998 to 2006, he was a member of the State House of Representatives, representing the state’s 25th district, where he fought for passage of aggressive clean energy laws, helped to triple the budget for school maintenance and repairs, and supported high technology businesses. He has served as the House Majority Whip; Chair of the Economic Development Committee; Vice-Chair of Water, Land, and Ocean Resources; Vice-Chair of Consumer Protection and Commerce; and as a member of the Hawaiian Affairs, Higher Education, Energy and Environmental Protection, and Agriculture Committees. Before being elected Lieutenant Governor, he served for eight years as the CEO of Helping Hands Hawai’i, a major human services agency, during its most difficult period.

In his first year in office, the Lt. Governor had a leading role in preparing for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, in which 21 delegations met to discuss the future of Asia-Pacific economies. He has also launched the Hawai’i Fair Share Initiative which seeks more private and public investment in Hawai’i. Following the 2011 Pacific tsunami, the Lt. Governor helped lead local recovery efforts including providing $8 million in aid to disaster victims in Japan. Currently, Lt. Governor is tasked by Governor Abercrombie to help lead the State’s clean energy efforts and Asia–Pacific relations.

Imre Gyuk Keynote Speaker
IMRE GYUK received a BS from Fordham University, and he did graduate work at Brown University on superconductivity. Having received a PhD in theoretical particle physics from Purdue University, he became a Research Associate at Syracuse. As an Assistant Professor he taught physics, civil engineering, and environmental architecture at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Gyuk became an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Kuwait University where he became interested in issues of sustainability.

Dr. Gyuk joined the Department of Energy to manage the Thermal and Physical Storage program. For the past decade he has directed the Electrical Energy Storage research program. Currently he also supervises the $185M stimulus funding for Grid Scale Energy Storage Demonstrations.

Mark Glick Mark Glick’s professional career features private and public sector roles in a wide variety of disciplines including resource and asset management, energy, transportation, environmental policy, and economic development. He has been a pioneer in alternative fuel transportation in the United States and abroad dating back to his tenure as a senior advisor to the Texas Land Commissioner. He was selected as Administrator of the State Energy Office, Department of Business, Economic Development, in October of 2011. As Energy Administrator, Glick manages, develops, oversees and implements statewide energy programs, policies, and initiatives that support Hawaii’s nationally recognized clean energy agenda, and is charged with moving the State forward in its pursuit of a clean energy economy. Previously, Glick managed clean energy projects using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds and he served as Director of Economic Development at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. There he established the OHA Malama Loan program with First Hawaiian Bank, the Pacific Network Television internet portal, and the Hawaii Procurement Technical Assistance Center. A past chair of the Sierra Club’s Hawaii chapter, Glick received an MS in public management & policy from Carnegie-Mellon University and a BA in mathematics from Lamar University.

Kee-Suk Nahm Kee-Suk Nahm is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Director of the R&D Education Center for Fuel Cell Materials and Systems at Chonbuk National University. He obtained his BS degree in 1976 from Chonbuk National University, MS degree in 1979, and his doctorate in 1986 from Seoul National University. Nahm’s research interests embrace energy materials and devices including H2 storage, fuel cells, and Li-batteries, especially the synthesis and characterization of novel and nano-sized materials. He is author of more than 238 scientific publications, eight books and chapters in books, and 13 patents. Currently, he is a Committee Member of Energy Technology Infrastructure, National Energy Council of Korea, and is the regular member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology.

Shi-Gang Sun Shi-Gang Sun obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Xiamen University, China, in 1982 and his Doctorat d’Etat (Docteur ès Sciences Physiques) from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) in 1986. After a one year post-doctoral research position at the Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Interfaciale du CNRS, France, he returned to China at the end of 1987, and served as associate professor in the Department of Chemistry of Xiamen University. He became a full professor at the University in 1991.

Professor Sun’s research interests include electrocatalysis, electrochemical surface science, spectroelectrochemistry, nanomaterials, and chemical power sources. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers in journals that include Science, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., J. Am. Chem. Soc., J. Phys. Chem, J. Chem. Phys., Langmuir, and Chem. Commun. He obtained 12 innovation patents, co-authored a book entitled InSitu Spectroscopic Studies of Adsorption at the Electrode and Electrocatalysis (Elsevier, 2007), and contributed by invitation 12 chapters to 12 scientific books. He has been awarded the Brian Conway Prize from the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) and the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry (CSE). He has made original contributions to the fundamentals and applications of electrocatalysis, especially on the surface structure-electrocatalytic functionality at an atomic arrangement scale and on the reaction mechanism and kinetics at a molecular level. He was a pioneer in the field of nanocrystal catalysts of high surface energy by developing electrochemically shape-controlled synthesis. This breakthrough in the design of metal/alloy catalysts with high activity, stability, and selectivity has important applications in fuel cells, electrosynthesis, and relevant catalytic systems.

Professor Shi-Gang Sun is the president of Chinese Electrochemical Society, a Fellow of International Society of Electrochemistry (FISE), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Functional Materials Letters, International Journal of Analytical Chemistry. He has served as an Associate Editor for Electrochimica Acta, Physical Chemistry (Chinese), and Spectral Analysis and Spectroscopy (Chinese), and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electrochemistry (Chinese).

Byron Washom Byron Washom is the University of California-San Diego’s (UCSD) new Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives and is responsible for energy management policy to achieve the campus’ goals for quantum improvements in energy management and greenhouse gas reductions. Prior to UCSD, Mr. Washom was the CEO for 20 years of a due diligence firm that specialized in CleanTech, and he served as Sr. International Advisor to the World Bank and DOE. He is a four-time Rockefeller Foundation Grantee and a former Heinz Endowment Grantee for early commercialization of CleanTech into developing countries. Mr. Washom was also Founder and President of Advanco Corp., which in 1984 set the long-standing world records for solar electric conversion efficiency at 29.4% and subsequently achieved an IR100 Award. He was the 2008 recipient of UCSD’s Citizen of the Year Award for Sustainability, and he was a Visiting Faculty Member at the Rady School of Management while teaching the graduate level course, The Business of Renewable Energy. Fast Company magazine named him to their June cover story, “100 Most Creative Persons in Business, 2010.”

Energy Storage Development and Commercialization Challenges

Dan Rastler Keynote Speaker
DAN RASTLER is a Senior Manager in the Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He is currently leading new initiatives and demonstration projects in energy storage and distributed generation including a utility scale 1 MW/2 MWh Li-ion Energy Storage Demonstration Initiative.

Rastler’s previous experience at EPRI has included program management of EPRI’s Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources programs, management of a technology incubator program within EPRI Solutions, and management of the Fuel Cell and Renewable Energy programs. He has managed research efforts involving energy storage, distributed generation, and fuel cell systems development, technology assessments, economic & market analyses, electrical integration studies, and distributed generation and energy storage hardware demonstration projects.

Mr. Rastler joined EPRI in 1981 as a Project Manager in the Fuel Cell program. Rastler conceived, developed, and grew EPRI’s Distributed Energy and Energy Storage programs to provide a portfolio of products and services to the U.S. electric power industry. He is a world-recognized authority on energy storage, distributed generation, and emerging alternative clean energy technologies.

Prior to joining EPRI, Rastler spent five years with General Electric where he was both a project and program manager in GE’s Nuclear Power Business.

Mr. Rastler holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published over 100 reports on distributed energy resources and energy storage, and has been quoted and published frequently in the press, including Public Utility Fortnightly, The Economist and Newsweek.

Maria Skyllas-Kazacos Keynote Speaker
MARIA SKYLLAS-KAZACOS graduated with a BSc in chemical technology from the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 1974, with First Class Honors and the University Medal, and went on to complete a PhD in the same school in high temperature molten salt electrochemistry in 1979. She was employed as a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey during 1978/79, before returning to the University of NSW as a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow in 1980. In 1982, she was appointed as Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW and was promoted to full professor in 1993.

Dr. Skyllas-Kazacos’s research interests have spanned the areas of aluminum electrowinning batteries and fuel cells and has published more than 250 journal and conference papers in these areas, with more than 40 patents and patent applications in flow batteries and several book chapters and edited conference proceedings. Her main contribution has been her pioneering research and development of the All-Vanadium Redox Flow Battery that is now being commercialized in the U.S., China, Japan, Europe, and Thailand.

Her professional affiliations include: Fellow Institution of Engineers Australia, Fellow Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Member of ECS, Chartered Professional Engineer (1992-2011); and she has been honoured with a number of awards: University Medal, 1974; Whiffen Medal, Institution of Chemical Engineers Australia, 1997; CHEMECA Medal, Institution of Chemical Engineers Australia, 1998; Member of the Order of Australia, Australia Day Honors List 1999; R. K. Murphy Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 2000; invested as a Grand Lady of the Byzantine Order of St. Eugene of Trebizond (Australia Day, 2009); recipient of the Distinguished Lecturer Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Richland, UNSW, 2009; co-recipient, 2009 Light Metals Division Journal of Metals Best Paper Award; and the Castner Medal, Society for the Chemical Industry, UK, 2011.

Scott Backhaus Scott Backhaus received his PhD in physics in 1997 from the University of California at Berkeley in the area of macroscopic quantum behavior of superfluid 3He and 4He. He came to Los Alamos in 1998 as a Director’s Funded Postdoc from 1998 to 2000, a Reines Postdoctoral Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and a Technical Staff Member from 2003 to the present. While at Los Alamos, Backhaus has performed both experimental and theoretical research in the area of thermoacoustic energy conversion including fundamental topics such as several thermoacoustic streaming instabilities, streaming assisted heat transfer, and acoustic power manipulation. He holds seven patents in the area of thermoacoustics, and his work has been recognized with several awards including an R&D 100 award in 1999 and Technology Review’s “Top 100 Innovators Under 35” award in 2003. Recently, his attention has shifted to other energy-related topics including the fundamental science of grid-integration of renewable generation, geologic carbon sequestration, and thermal fluids problems related to energy and climate.

Colton Ching Colton Ching oversees the daily operation of Oahu’s electric grid to ensure continued reliable service for customers. He also is in charge of all planning functions for the utilities’ infrastructure as well as strategic planning and enterprise risk management for the Hawaiian Electric companies. This includes leading Hawaiian Electric’s integration studies to find innovative ways to integrate greater levels of renewable energy generation into its five separate electric grids and engineering studies such as the interconnection of each island’s grids through an undersea cable system. Colton is also in charge of the company’s smart grid efforts, including the deployment of intelligent field devices and wireless communication infrastructure to increase automation of the grid, provide innovative customer service offerings, and aid in the integration of distributed renewable energy resources.

George Kailiwai III
George Kailiwai III is the Director, Resources and Assessment Directorate (J8), Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command (HQ USPACOM). As the HQ USPACOM J8, Dr. Kailiwai leads the Command in the strategic assessment process, facilitates the development of USPACOM requirements, and translates those requirements into material and non-material solutions through advocacy, science and technology, innovation, and experimentation.

June-Soo Lee June-Soo Lee is the Head of Battery R&D, SK Innovation. He has worked in the energy industry for 23 years since 1989 and served as a vice president in many different flagship energy business sectors in SK Group, including lithium battery businesses for automobile, energy storage, and IT industries. Before joining the battery business field, Dr. Lee had worked in the corporate planning and change management areas as a key member. Dr. Lee received his doctoral and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Stanford University in the U.S. and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Seoul National University in South-Korea.

Jun Liu Jun Liu is a Laboratory Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He is also the Leader for the Transformational Materials Science Initiative, and in this capacity, he provides oversight of the scientific directions for the large integrated energy storage program at PNNL. Jun Liu is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society. In the past he has served as senior research staff for Sandia National Laboratories and Lucent Bell Laboratories, Department Manager for Synthesis and Nanomaterials, Thrust Leader for Complex Functional Nanomaterials for the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia
National Laboratories.

His main research is in self-assembled, functional nanomaterials, oriented nanostructures, and the application of these materials for large scale energy storage, catalysis, environment cleanup, and human health. He has received two R&D 100 Awards, two Basic Energy Science Materials Science Awards for Materials Chemistry: Significant Implication for DOE-Related Technologies, and was named 2007 Distinguished Inventor of Battelle. He has over 280 publications and many invited review or feature articles in leading technical journals. His research has been widely reported by Science, Nature, Scientific American, Chemical & Engineering News, Discover, The Wall Street Journal, and many other leading professional and trade journals.

Eric McFarland Eric McFarland is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research is focused on coupling fundamental chemical processes at surfaces with novel catalytic material systems for applications to the production and inter-conversion of fuels and electrical energy. His educational background is in nuclear science and engineering, and he obtained his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BS and MS degrees from UC Berkeley in nuclear engineering. He also has interests in biomedical science and has an MD from Harvard Medical School and completed his internship in General Surgery. He joined the Nuclear Engineering faculty at MIT and later moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara.

McFarland has always worked closely with industry and he has participated in the development of a number of technologies important to the chemical industry. On a leave of absence from the University he was a founding technical director for Symyx Technologies, a chemical technology company that created and commercialized systems and methods of combinatorial materials science for the chemical industry. He helped to create a start-up company out of the University of California Santa Barbara devoted to natural gas conversion to liquid fuels and chemicals, GRT Inc., and served as their President and CEO for over six years. Recently, McFarland was appointed President and CEO of Urban Electric Power Inc. an energy storage company commercializing novel battery technology from the Energy Institute of the City College of New York. McFarland has published over 140 scientific papers and holds over 35 U.S. and foreign patents.


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