International EV Batteries 2022…Q&A with Hadi Moztarzadeh, Advanced Propulsion Centre UK – Professional Engineering

International EV Batteries conference, 8-9 November 2022, Silverstone Wing
International EV Batteries conference, 8-9 November 2022, Silverstone Wing

Ahead of our seventh annual International EV Electric batteries conference (8-9 November 2022), we caught up with Hadi Moztarzadeh, Head of Technology Trends at Advanced Propulsion Centre UK.

Hadi discusses his role and involvement with regards to EV batteries, industry challenges, what he is looking forward to at the event plus why it is important for engineers to attend.

Q: Could you briefly explain your role, involvement, and experience with regards to ELECTRONIC VEHICLES batteries?

Hadi Moztarzadeh (HM): I have joined the APC earlier this year, in July, as the Mind of Technologies Trends. Our department look into strategic technologies and future trends and translate them into roadmaps, insight reports plus thought-leadership pieces, to articulate technology advancements and its implication for the automotive sector. In this process we need inputs and contributions from all parts of industry, government and funding bodies as well as academia plus research and technology organisations. We therefore work very closely with the Automotive Council, industry plus trade bodies, like SMMT and of course authorities and financing bodies to ensure that the development of insights and roadmaps inform their strategic decision making, investment plan, and funding allocation, to support the future of the UK automotive sector.

A major part of our role is supporting the particular transformation associated with the auto sector, through ICE to electrification. Battery technology is a big player in this transformation. We support every stage of the battery ecosystem, from R& D and materials chemistry, developing upstream supply chain, in order to cell and module plus pack design and manufacturing and integration of the electrical powertrain into the vehicle system. This is a very complex landscape which needs a wide-ranging insight into current and emerging technologies and all-tiers associated with supply chains for EV batteries.

Q: Many OEMs are pledging to be fully electric by 2030/2035, in light of this particular what would you say we need next to ensure a mainly electric automobile presence in the market in the UK?

HM: First, I have in order to say we need to be pledging to a zero emission transport vision rather than focusing on a single solution or technology. Our own journey towards the net-zero transport vision will require a mix of solutions and options to become a reality.

In the context of light duty vehicles (LDVs), electric batteries and electrification proved in order to be the right path, and most of the OEMs are focusing on electrification as a solution to decarbonise that vehicle segment. We have reflected on the role of batteries in both the energy storage roadmap, upon the technology side, and the LDV roadmap, on the particular product/vehicle side.

The transition from ICE to EVs would involve not just OEMs but the whole supply chain. This shift to electrification involves the lot of challenges plus of course brings opportunities for the automotive sector, to reshape the mobility and transport paradigm. The R& D ecosystem is shifting their focus and attention to more reliable and more efficient electric battery systems plus electric powertrains. At the particular same time, we need to develop the required infrastructure and consider the energy ecosystem, and look into the underpinning technologies like digitalisation.

Focusing on the particular powertrain only, the whole battery pack ecosystem, through battery components and chemistry R& D, to upstream supply string, and also manufacturers and Oes, they all require to rethink their part and redesign the way they work and deliver products and services. For the battery systems, we published the value chain analysis and identified the individual steps in making batteries. We need to ensure the right interventions, support mechanisms plus policies and investments are in place in order to ensure all of us support the transformation associated with the auto supply chain across the particular whole worth chain to achieve the electrification targets.

Queen: What do you think is the main area in the particular battery lifecycle that needs advancement to ensure a net-zero carbon lifecycle in order to match the 2050 target?

HM: It is important to recognise that will reducing co2 emissions cannot be limited to tailpipe emissions. When we talk about net-zero economy and a net-zero transportation sector, we have to consider the particular lifespan of a vehicle. That’s why we possess seen the major change from tailpipe emissions to the life cycle emission of a vehicle, and it is being highlighted across the policy documents and regulations.

Emission focuses on, recycling mandates and eliminating harmful chemicals are incentivising industry in order to improve the environmental impact associated with batteries, from chemicals plus materials to manufacturing and their usage.

As such, we need to make sure we anchor the upstream supply string in the united kingdom. Having an established the particular supply chain could incentivise automotive OEMs to bring their own production in order to the UNITED KINGDOM and bring cross-sector benefits.

Therefore, I think battery biochemistry, design plus development are all important, but anchoring the supply string, especially the particular upstream supply chain should be the main concentrate area with regard to both public and private investments.

Q: What key topics are a person excited to discuss at this year’s conference?

HM: The critical role of battery materials and upstream supply chain for battery power manufacturing; topics like materials cost modelling and life-cycle analysis (LCA) to enable a sustainable transport sector, might determine the future associated with electric automobiles in the UK and globally.

The other important topic to look into would be around the particular role of digitalisation regarding the automotive industry, specifically how digitalisation would certainly facilitate the transition to electrification – from design and testing to safety and security of vehicle systems. This topic includes the function of digitalisation and automation for the particular manufacture plus production associated with vehicle sub-systems, powertrain, battery systems, etc.

And the third one intended for me would be a more thorough understanding of the power field. There is obviously a direct link between the power sector outputs as well as the electrification journey. As the changeover towards EVs would probably put the lot a lot more demand on the energy sector, we have to understand and reflect on the necessary facilities and diversify our power sources in order to include plus invest more on renewable energy.

Q: Regarding new technologies to get battery use and operation, what would you say are the ones to watch for the future?

HM: I believe one will be around new battery chemistries, and this is mainly due to the fact that we do not have rare earth materials here in the UK, so using different chemistries could enable us in order to build a more diverse source of supply and hence a more resilient source chain in the UNITED KINGDOM.

The second technologies trend might be around life period and end-of-life for electric battery cell components. We need to advance in this area to move towards net-zero carbon production systems pertaining to batteries. So , we require to include and integrate LCA in to our battery pack value string and work towards a lot more circular economy model meant for battery techniques.

As well as the third one is close to digitalisation and automation associated with the battery power design, production and testing, at cell level along with module plus pack level. As these processes across the battery systems value chain become more embedded in to the OEMs operational processes, effective use of digital tools and options could streamline and standardise these steps throughout the industry and guarantee the value-add across the entire value chain. It could decarbonise manufacturing and production associated with the vehicles. The right design process could allow the best LCA framework designed for battery systems.

Queen: Who else are you the majority of interested in hearing from upon the programme?

HM:   I am really excited about meeting up with the speakers and attendees from many of the leading business and research and technology organisations with this year’s meeting.  

We are looking forwards to lots of discussions plus debates only at that event, which will hopefully lead to greater understanding of challenges and opportunities for that automotive plus transport industry.

I believe that R& D within the automotive and transportation sector will leverage the particular role of innovation in other sectors, so I would hope to see more cross-sector technical challenges and discussions. For example , we need a greater understanding and coherency throughout the transport and power sectors to achieve net-zero targets. At the end of the day, we have got to think about the role associated with zero emission transport in a net-zero economic climate, so the question remains how we facilitate knowledge exchange and cross-sectoral innovation, transfer knowledge plus know-how through vehicle electrification to other sectors, to aid industrial decarbonisation in scale.

Q: Why is it important just for engineers in order to join this particular year’s World EV Batteries conference?

HM:   On top of a great networking opportunity with commercial leaders and policy makers in this area, this particular two-day conference provides a platform for the purpose of stimulating discussions and knowing of latest trends plus drivers in the EV marketplace and gives a fairly comprehensive view of opportunities and challenges across the sector. So, whatever your role is over the EV electric battery ecosystem, you could update your knowledge and complex understanding associated with the issues plus reflect upon them in your function.

I also hope we all stimulate conversations around long term battery systems, battery materials, alternative chemistries and maybe the system-view framework to design, test, produce and recycle ELECTRONIC VEHICLES batteries to support end-to-end solutions, in order to accelerate the particular progress in the direction of net-zero goals.

This year’s International EV Batteries meeting will be taking place about 8-9 Nov 2022  within the heart of the world famous Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone.   To book your own place, please visit www.imeche.org/evbatteries .