October 14, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 42
NAATBatt Member News
NAATBatt International will host a Workshop on Advanced Battery Recycling at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The workshop will examine the recycling of high voltage advanced batteries used in automotive, industrial and ESS applications. A faculty of international experts, including the leading recyclers of lithium-ion batteries in China and the EU, will discuss how China and the EU have chosen to regulate the disposition of high voltage advanced batteries at the end of their useful lives and the factors that might drive the implementation of a mandatory recycling regime in the United States. The economics and technologies for recycling advanced batteries will be discussed. To obtain more information about the workshop and to register, click here.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference, which will be held March 14-16, 2017 at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park (Phoenix), Arizona. The 2017 annual program will include many of the features that have made past programs so popular: surveys of the advanced battery market, the advanced battery innovation summit, analysis of M&A, venture and IP activity related to advanced batteries, member update presentations, the golf and tennis tournament, and the best networking in the industry. Members and non-members are welcome. For more details, click here. Delegates, exhibitors and NAATBatt members are urged to make their hotel reservations soon, as the hotel block is expected to fill.
The Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge Reports for 1Q and 2Q 2016 have been posted on the “Publications” page of the NAATBatt website and are available for review by all registered NAATBatt members. The ABC PatentEdge quarterly reports are a valuable benefit of NAATBatt membership. The reports summarize patent filings around the world related to advanced battery and ultracapacitor technology. The summaries provide a keen and unbiased insight into where advanced electrochemical energy storage technology is going and where the biggest and best known companies in the industry are really making their bets. The reports are prepared under contract with NAATBatt by IP Checkups of Berkeley, CA.
New Chairman of Gridtential, Ray Kubis, Sets Sights on Telecom, UPS, Distributed Storage and Automotive Markets
Redflow reveals ZCell battery works with GoodWe inverter
U.S. Navy Selects UET to Provide Energy Storage-based Resiliency for Naval Base Ventura County
NAATBatt members interested in publishing press releases or news items about developments at their companies in this section of the newsletter should send their releases or items by e-mail to Vivian Yu of NAATBatt before Friday of each week.
Advanced Battery Industry News
BMW AG expects sales of its electric vehicles (EVs) (including plug-in hybrids and battery powered) across the BMW and Mini brands to account for between 15% and 25% of sales in about 10 years. This could equate to over 500,000 cars based on 2015 sales of 2.25 million vehicles, and compares with a 2 percent share of deliveries now. (Source: Bloomberg)
BYD announced a €20 million ($22.4 million) investment in a bus assembly plant in the northern Hungarian city of Komárom. The plant will eventually be capable of assembling up to 400 vehicles a year on two shifts. Initial output will be electric buses (ebuses) and fork lift trucks. The facility will begin production in 1Q17. It will have its own R&D Centre and battery test facility. (Source: BYD)
24M has delivered an initial quantity of production-size battery cells to NEC Energy Solutions. The company’s semisolid lithium-ion (li-ion) cells can withstand the rigors of the long cycle and calendar life required by grid-scale energy storage and other high-performance applications. The 24M cell design can drive li-ion battery costs lower by up to 50%. (Source: 24M)
NEC ES is supplying the Sterling Municipal Light Department of Sterling, MA with a 2 MW, 3.9MWh GSS® grid energy storage solution. The system includes a single 53’ container housing 3.9 MWh of li-ion batteries, a 2MW power conversion system and proprietary AEROS® controls software suite. The project was funded in part by a $1.46M grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). (Source: NEC ES)
Maxwell Technologies announced a 51-volt (51V) module to its ultracapacitor product offerings for rugged applications. The 51V module uses the company’s 2.85V, 3,400-farad (F) ultracapacitor cell. The module includes an active cooling system, which improves the module’s maximum continuous current rating by nearly 90% and ensures optimal performance even in extreme temperatures, down to minus 40 degrees and up to 65 degrees Celsius. (Source: Maxwell Technologies)
The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) has developed a technology that increases storage capacity of rechargeable li-ion batteries by 50%. The technology replaces the traditional graphite anode with a pure silicon anode. The ECN applies the silicon in columns onto copper foil using a plasma-based nanotechnology — creating enough space for expansion and allowing the battery to remain stable. The layer eventually needs to be 10 microns thick for commercial application, which is 10x thinner than a sheet of paper. LeydenJar Technologies has been formed to commercilize this technology with plans to open a demonstration plant in 2018. (Source: LeydenJar Technologies)
Innogy is planning to expand its renewable energy and car charging efforts. The German energy group is planning to invest around 6.5 billion euros ($7.2 billion) between 2016 and 2018 in grid networks, infrastructure and also in wind farms in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and charging stations in the United States. The company has already installed more than 3,100 electric car charging stations in Germany. (Source: Reuters)
ABB has drawn up plans for India to become a total EV nation by 2030 and could provide ebuses that can be charged within 15 seconds. The ebuses have no overhead wires and connect to a high-power charging contact at bus stations through a controlled moving arm. The vehicles are also equipped with on-board batteries and gets charged at various ‘flash-charging’ bus stations within 15 seconds. (Source: The Hindu)
UniEnergy Technologies (UET) will be supplying a vanadium flow battery to provide long-term energy resiliency at Naval Base Ventura County (NB Ventura) at Port Hueneme, CA. The renewable energy generation and storage project supports a U.S. military effort to implement renewable energy and greater energy security across operations. The solar-plus-storage project includes a 6 megawatt (MW) solar installation combined with a 4.5 MW/18 megawatt-hour (MWh) UET Uni.System in a microgrid. (Source: UniEnergy Technologies)
Mahindra and Mahindra’s electric car unit is seeking a joint venture (JV) partner in China to manufacture and sell EVs. The company currently offers EVs in the U.K. The South Korean unit, Ssangyong Motor, is planning to look to markets such as China to make up for an expected decline in shipments to the U.K. following the Brexit referendum. Mahindra Electric began selling the e2o in the U.K. in April. The company also introduced the eVerito in June in New Delhi. (Source: Bloomberg)
A draft European Union (EU) directive expected to be introduced by 2019 states that every new or refurbished house in Europe will need to be equipped with an EV recharging point. The guidelines due to be published by the end of the year will also state that 10% of parking spaces in new buildings in the EU zone will need recharging facilities. If rolled out, it would be a chance for the rest of Europe to follow in Norway’s footsteps. (Source:City A.M.)
The Commission scolaire de Montréal has rolled out an electric school bus (ebus). The largest Quebec school board plans to swap out its entire fleet school buses over the next decade. The fleet operator, Autobus Idéal has stated the ebus is 80% cheaper to operate than a regular bus. The bus can travel for 120 kilometres (75 miles) after being plugged in for 4.5 hours. (Source: CBC)
TORQ Defense Systems has unveiled a rapid response, light tactical electric vehicle (LTEV) for use by U.S. law enforcement and government agencies. The silent multi-terrain Explosive Ordnance Vehicle (EOD) vehicle was developed to enhance the readiness of America’s first responders. The EV enables a fully suited explosive ordnance disposal technician to rapidly deploy down range while transporting all the tools deemed necessary to identify, diagnose and disrupt suspected or real explosive devices. (Source: TORQ Defense Systems)
Amnesty International is asking EV manufacturers to disclose the steps being taken to keep child labour out of the supply chains. Over 50% of the world’s cobalt is sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 20% of which is mined by hand. Research by Amnesty International for its report found that adults and children as young as seven work in artisanal mining areas and are at risk of fatal accidents and lung disease while earning as little as one dollar a day. (Source: New Europe)
Executive Director’s Notes
|Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “The Case for Recycling High Voltage Advanced Batteries“, in the NAATBatt blog.
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Member Advertising and Announcements
US Army Research Laboratory Launches On-Line Technology Store
Have you ever wondered how to tap into cutting-edge technology from the Department of Defense to make your business more competitive and profitable? The Army Research Lab has launched a new website that will make it easy for you to find and gain rights to ARL’s patented technologies.
The “ARL IP Store” is a website that allows users to browse technologies, select a specific opportunity, download the patent and published papers, and apply for a license to make, use and sell the technology, all on-line. The store is opening with an inventory of 20 technologies— from remote sensing devices to advanced materials and semiconductors. This initial inventory represents only a fraction of ARL’s over 300 active patents, and the store will continually add new selections.
“We’re hoping that putting some of our patented technologies into an online store will bring these technologies to the attention of entrepreneurs who can bring them to market,” said Thomas Mulkern, chief of the ARL Technology Transfer and Outreach Office. “The Army Research Lab is eager to work with the business community.”
The online store, a first-of-kind licensing portal for the DoD, came about through a team effort including ARL and two of its key partners in the technology transfer arena, TechLink and Leidos Corp. The team began working in January 2016 to identify patents that would be good candidates for the store, especially those approaching a second round of maintenance fees.
“These are great technologies that just haven’t had the right exposure, or found the right home,” notes Dan Swanson, Licensing Leader at TechLink. “By promoting them in an online store, and making the licensing language and terms straightforward and affordable, we hope to move the technologies out into the world where they can do some good.”
About ARL The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.
About TechLink TechLink helps the Department of Defense to establish licensing and other technology transfer agreements with US industry. These agreements transfer DoD inventions to industry, enable companies to create new products and services, and stimulate economic development.
About Leidos Leidos is a global leader in the integration and application of information, technology, and systems to solve critical customer problems, delivering innovative solutions and services through the collaboration of diverse and talented employees.
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