October 28, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 44

NAATBatt Member News

workshopNAATBatt 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.

2017 Annual Meeting Banner Logo (official)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 annual meetings 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 quickly at this remarkable venue.

logo-for-abc-patentedge-2The 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.


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

LG Chem is entering the U.S. market for home energy storage through a partnership with Sunrun, which has been using Tesla batteries in its home storage systems in Hawaii since earlier this year. Financial terms were not disclosed. The agreement is not exclusive to either party. Most of Sunrun’s battery systems are deployed through leases or power purchase agreements, which allow consumers to use the technology by paying a monthly fee and avoiding a large upfront cost.  (Source: Reuters)

BYD has won a bid to supply a fleet of 11 electric buses (ebuses) to the city of Cape Town (South Africa), which aims to become the first city on the African continent to use ebuses for public transport. The city’s transport administration will initially use the vehicles as an express service on a 35 to 40-kilometre (22 to 25 mile) route between the city’s central business district and the Metro South East region (Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain). The administration plans to subsequently reassign the ebuses to Cape Town’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system following completion of supporting infrastructure.  (Source: BYD)

Proterra announced a commercial agreement to provide commuter shuttle services via a fleet of electric buses (ebuses). The service will operate between Chicago’s commuter train stations and Prudential Plaza and Aon Center, both of which are managed by JLL. Funded in part by Drive Clean Chicago, JLL will lease the Proterra buses for its shuttle service. The program will begin in December 2016.  (Source: Proterra)

Qualcomm and Lumen Australia announced they have entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) license agreement. Lumen will include Qualcomm Halo™ WEVC technology in its product portfolio and commercialize WEVC systems for EV manufacturers, as well as wireless charging infrastructure companies. Lumen is working on multiple WEVC production programs across several industry segments.  (Source: Qualcomm Incorporated)

Mercedes-Benz is planning to build the first electric car of the EQ product brand at its Bremen plant. The electric vehicle (EV) will have a range of up to 500 kilometers (311 miles) with the battery developed by ACCUMOTIVE and produced in Kamenz (Saxony). Mercedes-Benz’s objective is to have over ten all-electric vehicles (EVs) in its portfolio by 2025. (Source: Daimler)

Saft is rolling out its Tel.X nickel technology batteries to provide backup power for railway crossing signal and barrier control systems with SŽDC (Czech Republic) and ZSR (Slovakia). The orders follow the completion of trials that have demonstrated the capability of the Tel.X design as a reliable, maintenance-free ‘drop-in’ replacement for VRLA (valve regulated lead acid batteries) in existing trackside cabinets.  (Source: Saft)

Saft has obtained approval of its Seanergy® marine energy storage system by the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for use in a variety of hybrid and fully electric propulsion applications. The company provides lithium ion (li-ion) Super-Phosphate® (SLFP) marine batteries. The approval process was based on simulated thermal runaway tests carried out on the Seanergy® systems by an independent laboratory in August 2016.  (Source: Saft)

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s (BMTC’s) board has given its in-principle clearance to induct 150 electric buses (ebuses). The proposal includes setting up an exclusive depot for the vehicles, with the required infrastructure, which would include battery rechargeable points. Bengaluru is likely to be the first city in India to launch city bus transport operations using a large fleet of electric buses.  (Source: Times of India)

Axiom Exergy has been granted a patent for direct expansion thermal energy storage. This enables the company to extend its “ice battery” technology to HVAC applications that use variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems, which represents about 24% of the global commercial air conditioning market. The company has also been accepted into StartX, an accelerator program affiliated with Stanford University and the Stanford-StartX fund.  (Source: Axiom Energy)

The California Air Resources Board confirmed funding for the City of Porterville to be a test site for an all-electric transit bus system. The city is receiving three grants totaling $9.5 million to purchase nine GreenPower EV 350 ebuses. In addition, the money will pay for a GreenPower charging station at the Transit Center and 10 charging stations at the bus yard.  (Source: The Porterville Recorder)

FastCAP Systems has announced a new product line of customizable ultracapacitors. The features include form factor, temperature and voltage, shock and vibration tolerance, terminals, and housing material and packaging. The company’s products function in wide temperature ranges from low (-50°C to -100°C) to high (165°C to 200°C+) temperatures.  (Source: FastCAP)


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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

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