November 11, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 46

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.

The NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference will be held on March 14-16, 2017 at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park (Phoenix), Arizona. The 2017 annual program will include many of the 2017 Annual Meeting Banner Logo (official)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.

NAATBatt International is soliciting presentations about new advanced battery and energy storage technologies available for immediate license or purchase.  The presentations will be made at the NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting on March 15, 2017, in Litchfield Park, AZ.  The presentations are designed to give NAATBatt members a “first look” at new, market-ready storage technology and to help smaller, emerging companies build relationships with more established companies in the battery industry. Please read the “Solicitation for Presentations” in the Members Announcements and Advertisements section at the end of this newsletter.  Proposals are due on or before December 31, 2016.

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.

battery-innovation-center-copy_0Battery Innovation Center (BIC):  BIC will be hosting its annual stakeholder luncheon on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016.  For complete details, read the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter. Registration email will follow.   

calcharge-h-4c-mediumCalCharge:  CalCharge and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will be hosting the 2nd Annual Bay Area Battery Summit on Friday, November 18, 2016.   To register: please click  here.  For more info., read the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter. 

doosanDoosan GridTech: Doosan GridTech and Greentech Media will be hosting a webinar next Thursday, November 17, 2016 at  2:00 p.m. (EST).  The webinar is titled:  Making Energy Storage Work for Utilities (Hint: It’s Not About the Battery).  Click Here to Register 

welcometoforgenano-1Forge Nano: Forge Nano (formerly PneumatiCoat Technologies) raises $20 million in Series A Funding

nuvation-engineering-copy_0Nuvation Engineering: Nuvation Battery Management System Selected by Stalwart Power


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

NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) is supplying Southern California Edison (SCE) with its first grid energy storage pilot system under a pre-approved energy storage procurement program announced by SCE last year. The NEC ES GSS® is a “plug-and-play” strategy being employed by SCE to demonstrate energy storage ability to support the distribution grid. The first turn-key GSS® energy storage solution delivered under this program will include 3.4 megawatt-hours (MWh) of containerized lithium ion (li-ion) batteries, a 3MW power conversion system, and NEC ES’s AEROS® controls software suite.  (Source: NEC

Tesla Motors has agreed to buy Grohmann Engineering GmbH, which develops automated manufacturing systems for batteries and fuel cells. The company, based in Pruem, Germany, has helped Daimler and BMW build production facilities for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The deal (financial terms not disclosed) could add over 1,000 engineering and skilled technician jobs in Germany over the next two years. Grohmann currently has around 700 employees.  (Source: Reuters)

New Flyer of America announced the industry’s first 60-foot electric heavy-duty transit bus (ebus) is to undergo testing at the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) proving grounds in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The XE60 ebus and its sister XHE60 hydrogen fuel cell bus are both powered by Siemens electric motors with rechargeable li-ion battery technology manufactured in Michigan. The XE60 can be offered with either extended range batteries or with en-route fast charging capability.  (Source: New Flyer)

Electric buses (ebuses) are being used as means of transportation at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in the city of Marrakech (Morocco). The vehicles are part of the partnership agreement signed by Yangtse, Marita Group, Energy Investment Company and Banque Centrale Populaire. The agreement provides for the establishment of a plant to produce ebuses for Moroccan and European markets.  (Source: Xinhua)

Qualcomm and Preh, GmbH (part of the Joyson Electronics Group) announced that they have entered into a wireless EV charging (WEVC) license agreement. Preh will include Qualcomm’s Halo™ WEVC technology in its product portfolio. Based on the agreement, Preh intends to develop, make and supply WEVC systems based on Qualcomm Halo technology.  (Source: Qualcomm)

Saft is partnering with BelkommunMash (Belarus-based) to supply nickel-based traction battery systems for Model 333 trolleybuses. The company has delivered MSX battery systems for a pilot batch of 10 model 333 trolleybuses. The batteries can enable the vehicles to travel for up to 500 meters (0.3 miles) under their own onboard power should they lose their overhead catenary supply. The trolleybuses operate in seven cities in Belarus and over 40 cities in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mongolia, Moldova, Argentina, Colombia and Serbia.   (Source: Saft)

Tesla Motors announced that it is discontinuing its free charging program for its EVs purchased after Jan. 1, 2017. New owners in 2017 will receive an initial 400 kilowatt-hours (kWh) worth of free charging — enough to travel about 1,000 miles — and then will be charged a “small” fee for each charge after that. The fees will not apply to current owners or any new Teslas ordered before Jan. 1, 2017, as long as delivery is taken prior to April 1st.  (Source: Tesla Motors)

SMA Solar Technology AG and LG Chem have partnered to develop a solution to store photovoltaic power that could reduce the consumer cost of electricity by over 80%. The storage solution is tailored for use in private households and comprises SMA’s Sunny Boy Storage 2.5 battery inverter and LG Chem’s RESU 10H and 7H storage units. The companies are planning to expand the focus on utility-scale storage solutions with the SMA Sunny Central Storage battery inverter. The storage solutions will be available in Europe and Australia next month.  (Source: Solar Novus)

Stalwart Power has selected the Nuvation BMS™ to manage its 51.2 volt battery energy storage solution (BESS) for grid-attached and behind the meter energy management. The BESS was fitted with a battery management system for a 17.5 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-iron phosphate energy storage system utilizing a Schneider inverter. The system was deployed in September by a U.S. utility to apply PV smoothing and load balancing to solar power generation.  (Source: Nuvation)

Fifty charging stations are being installed in the city of Montreal, Canada. The stations will provide 100 spots for drivers to charge. The city has plans to have 1,000 stations installed across all boroughs by 2020.  (Source: CBC)

Casablanca’s M’dina Bus has unveiled the the M’dina EBus, the first ebus in Morocco. The ebus consists of a synchronous electric motor with a capacity of 200 kWh equivalent to 240 horsepower diesel. A modulator drive has also been designed to convert energy to AC energy and control the speed variations of the engine along with the feature of two lead-acid batteries sufficient to cross a distance between 250 (155 miles) and 300 Kilometers (186 miles).
(Source: Morocco World News)

Nesscap Energy announced the introduction of its N60™ 3-volt (3V) 3400-farad ultracapacitor cell that can deliver 40% more energy and 42% greater power-density – compared to its 2.7-volt 3000-farad cell, N60™. The cell’s mechanical design ensures vibration and shock performance, in compliance with ISO 16750-3 Tables 12 & 14, SAE J2464 and IEC 60068-2-27. The N60™ could be used as a standalone solution or integrated with battery technology.
(Source: Nesscap Energy)

Armadale announced initial assay results with high-grade graphite mineralisation up to 26% total graphitic carbon (TGC) commencing from or near the surface at the Mahenge Liandu Graphite Project in Tanzania (‘Mahenge Liandu’ or ‘the Project’). The Mahenge Liandu benefits include (i) main power supply within 5 kilometers (km) or 3 miles; (ii) plentiful amount of ground water; (iii) the project is circa 80 km (50 miles) by road to a central rail hub at Ifakara then 320km (199 miles) direct to the sea port at Dar es Salaam; and, (iv) having labour and materials available within 10km (6 miles) at Mahenge township.  (Source: Armadale)

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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “Advanced Batteries and Electric Drive on the Morning After, in the NAATBatt blog. 

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Announcing the 2nd Annual Bay Area Battery Summit
Theme: Energy Storage at an Inflection Point

Join a discussion among the leading minds in energy storage. Featuring:

  • Keynote talks from David Danielson (Stanford) and Steve Levine (Quartz)
  • 3 Panel discussions covering energy storage covering the latest in technology, business, and policy innovation
  • An EV display, with the latest from BMW, Chevy, Tesla, and Zero Motorcycle

Last year’s event sold out. Please register ahead of time.

When: Friday, November 18, 2016, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Where: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA

RSVP Today: please click here


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