October 7, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 41

NAATBatt Member News

workshopThe NAATBatt International Workshop on Advanced Battery Recycling will be held 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)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.

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.

Ideal Power Inc., a developer of innovative power conversion technologies, and EnerDel, a leading lithium-ion battery manufacturer and energy system integrator, have teamed up to create a mobile hybrid solar plus battery energy storage system
for the United States Air Force aimed at reducing the diesel fuel used to power forward operating bases (FOB).
Ideal Power, The University of Dayton Research Institute & EnerDel Team Up for Solar+Storage Microgrid at U.S. Air Force Forward Operating Base of the Future

Rredflow_logo2011_rgb_b01edflow Ltd today announces that its new ZCell battery is compatible with the SP PRO battery inverter from Melbourne-based electronics manufacturer Selectronic Australia.
ZCell shines with Selectronic

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 has broken ground for a lithium ion (li-ion) battery plant in Wroclaw, Poland. The company is planning to invest approximately 400 billion won ($360 million) in the factory through the end of 2018 until it has the capacity to produce 100,000 batteries annually for high-performance electric vehicles (EVs) — that can run at least 200 miles on a single charge annually – total global battery capacity of over 280,000 batteries. The plant is set for initial operation in 2H17.  (Source: JoongAng Daily)

Saft has been awarded a contract by CEB (Companhia Energetica de Brasilia) to design, manufacture and supply nickel backup battery systems for all 34 distribution substations serving Brasilia (Federal Capital of Brazil). The Uptimax batteries are replacing the existing lead-acid batteries at CEB substations. The batteries feature the company’s latest development in nickel pocket plate technology. (Source: Saft)

Elegus Technologies has entered into a joint venture (JV) with XALT Energy and Energy Power Systems. The company has developed a separator made from nanofibers extracted from Kevlar that could block dendrite formation and provide increased energy density without compromising safety. Additional terms of the JV have not been disclosed.  (Source: University of Michigan)

Ube Industries announced plans to expand its production capacity for li-ion battery separators at its Sakai Factory in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture. The expansion will occur after construction of production facilities for separators at the Sakai Factory and is expected to be completed in 2Q18. This would bring the combined total production capacity for separators at the Ube Chemical Factory and Sakai Factory to 250 million square meters annually. Ube Industries manufactures separators using a dry process. (Source: Ube Industries)

Kitsap Transit (WA) will evaluate a Proterra electric bus (ebus) for potential fleet usage. The ebus was selected after it was able to climb Burwell street (relative to the competition). The vehicle costs $817,000 (vs. $400,000 for a diesel) and can pay for itself in 3 years plus an about $135,000 in maintenance costs.  (Source: Kitsap Sun)

Saft won a li-ion battery system contract from the future owner of the Zoza luxury mega yacht. The vessel will have an electrical power plant featuring two battery systems with a total capacity of 3 MWh. This is the company’s first contract in the luxury yacht market.  (Source: Saft)

BMW of North America has unveiled the ‘BMW Cruise e-Bike’ for commuters. The ebike has an optimal pedal support at speeds of up to 15 miles per-hour. It has a removable battery can be charged directly on the bike or separately in approximately 3.5 hours for a 100% charge. (Source: BMW)

Borrego Solar announced the launch of an energy storage division. The division, based in Massachusetts, will focus on supporting utilities across the U.S. in the development and installation of megawatt (MW) scale energy storage systems for integration with renewables and peak-load management. The team will also offer energy storage solutions to its existing solar PV portfolio, totaling more than 400 MW, and to new solar customers, which are primarily large-scale electricity users in its core state markets of California, New York and Massachusetts.  (Source: Borrego Solar)

Ideal Power and EnerDel are creating a mobile hybrid solar plus battery energy storage system for the United States Air Force aimed at reducing the diesel fuel used to power forward operating bases (FOB). Researchers in the Air Force Research Laboratory and the University of Dayton Research Institute have launched a joint year-long program to demonstrate technologies capable of powering remote military installations that normally depend on the regular delivery of diesel fuel via convoy, often in hostile locations. EnerDel selected Ideal Power’s Grid Resilient Multi-port 30kW Power Conversion System (30B3) for this project.  (Source: Ideal Power


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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “The Case for Recycling High Voltage Advanced Batteries, in the NAATBatt blog. 

To view the blog, CLICK HERE  

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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.

For more information contact:

Dan Swanson, TechLink Technology Manager (406-994-7736), dss@montana.edu, or Austin Leach, TechLink Technology Manager (406-994-7707), austin.leach@montana.edu   Web: http://techlinkcenter.org



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