Start Date: 9/9/2021 10:00 AM EDT
End Date: 9/9/2021 11:00 AM EDT
NEMI’s Eco-Design for Circular Electronics Economy is a series of three interactive webinars featuring experts from leading organizations that are doing innovative/beyond-compliance eco-design work. The series, created in conjunction with partners IPC and Fraunhofer IZM, will be an avenue for eco-design leaders to showcase their thought processes, strategies, successes, and failures. The goal is to capture the best and most innovative practices being used today and to highlight the processes these leaders follow to determine where to focus their eco-design efforts. All webinars will be recorded for broader distribution and exposure.
Session 4: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Fronius and IBM
10:00-11:00 a.m. EDT (Americas)
4:00-5:00 p.m. CEST (Europe)
10:00-11:00 p.m. JST (Japan)
David Schönmayr, Program Lead for Sustainability
This presentation will cover the following topics:
About the Speaker
- How do we define product sustainability and circularity?
- How do we measure product sustainability and what has Fronius achieved so far?
- Life cycle analysis of the GEN24 PLUS PV-Inverter and current accomplishments?
- How do we improve the sustainability and circularity of our products?
- Current activities for sustainable circular design of the next product generations and a look at next steps.
David Schönmayr is the Program Lead for Sustainability by Design at Fronius, a family-owned electronics company based in Austria and innovation leader in welding technology, photovoltaics and battery charging technology. David's focus on holistic, sustainable circular economy was defined early on during academia, and then advanced through business consultancy. Since joining Fronius in 2019, David and his colleagues manage the product sustainability and circularity together with numerous departments through strategic, structural, cultural and technological activities, including projects focussing on digitization and data management, life cycle assessment, and product development.
IBM Almaden Research Center
Maxwell Giammona, Lead Scientist, heavy-metal free battery research
Abstract: A Heavy-Metal Free Battery for a More Sustainable Energy Future
In the energy storage group an IBM’s Almaden Research Center, we are focused on combining conventional and AI-assisted research methods to develop safer, more sustainable, and higher performance batteries. We recently developed a new, completely heavy metal free, cathode chemistry based on iodine conversion rather than lithium-ion interaction. This new system is capable of very high charging rates (>5C) and power densities at comparable energy densities to lithium-ion batteries. This presentation will discuss the fundamental mechanisms of our new battery chemistry, and how it compares to lithium-ion in terms of recyclability and sustainability. I will also introduce how we are integrating artificial intelligence workflows to accelerate discovery of new materials and formulations to accelerate the development of cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy storage.
About the Speaker
Maxwell is the lead scientist for the heavy-metal free battery research at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. His broad research interests are in understanding structure-function relationships in materials related to energy storage and clean energy generation. Max has been at IBM Almaden for the last 4 years where he has focused on “beyond Li-ion” battery chemistries, and the development of cleaner, more sustainable energy storage solutions. Max received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he focused on using microscopy and spectroscopy to understanding the electronic and self-assembly behavior of polymeric systems.