January 20, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 3


NAATBatt Member News

2017 Annual Meeting Banner Logo (official)Register soon for the NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference, which will run from March 14-16, 2017 at the Wigwam resort outside Phoenix, Arizona. Please note: Early Bird registration ends January 31.  The meeting will kick off with the Advanced Battery Golf & Tennis Tournament on Monday, March 13. The program features reports on multiple segments of the battery market, the new Federal Battery Technology Licensing Form, the Energy Storage Innovation Summit, a discussion trends in the capital markets and materials market that will impact battery companies, a special segment on extreme fast charging for xEV’s, and a new Workshop for Battery IP targeting lawyers and IP professionals working in the battery industry. For a full description of the program and to register, go to: http://naatbatt.org/naatbatt-2017-annual-meeting-conference/. 

NAATBatt International logoNAATBatt members interested in making Member Update Presentations during the NAATBatt 2017 program should confirm their interest by e-mail to Jim Greenberger by January 31. Member Update Presentations are a highlight of the NAATBatt annual meeting. Each NAATBatt member gets 5-6 minutes to talk about its accomplishments and products. The sum total of the presentations is the best insight you can get into who is doing what in the industry and the issues that those in the industry really think are important and most marketable. NAATBatt members: Sign up soon!

Patent cover sheet (US)NAATBatt 2017 will include a special workshop on intellectual property and battery technology. The workshop will run on Tuesday, March 14 concurrently with the NAATBatt 2017 general session. The workshop is for attorneys, IP managers and licensing professionals working in the battery industry or with battery technology. Speakers from BASF, Hydro-Quebec, the U.S. Patent Office, ARPA-E, the European Patent Office and many others will educate IP professionals about the important and often unique issues involving battery IP. Make sure your attorneys, licensing and IP professionals know about this workshop. They will want to attend–and should. For information about the workshop, click here.

IMG_1036SAVE THE DATE. NAATBatt will host a Workshop on xEV Battery Repurposing and Reuse on May 11, 2017. The workshop will be held at the Michigan Union on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Repurposing xEV batteries, both new and used, for non-vehicle applications is a growing practice and may eventually account for a significant percentage of ESS deployments. Learn about the economics and engineering driving this trend. The legal and regulatory challenges of repurposing and and reusing xEV battery packs will also be examined. Check back in this newsletter soon for more information about the workshop.

Congratulations to NAATBatt board member Randy A. Moore, who has been appointed President of ZAF Energy Systems Inc. To read more about this story, click here.

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

Audi AG and FAW Group have signed a strategic growth plan for China. The company will expand its model portfolio locally produced at FAW VW and enter new segments, including electric vehicles (EVs). During the next five years, the companies have agreed to produce five additional e-tron models locally and introduce them to the Chinese market – including purely battery-powered cars with ranges of more than 500 kilometers (310.7 miles).  (Source: Audi AG)

Volkswagen is planning to bring eight EVs and hydrogen vehicles to market in China. Four of the vehicles will be VW models, two will be Audis, and two will come to market under the company’s upcoming Chinese brand, JAC-Volkswagen. The four VWs will be: the e-Golf, a plug-in hybrid version of the Phideon executive sedan sold exclusively in China, both arriving this year; a plug-in hybrid Tiguan L crossover, arriving in early 2018 and the I.D. concept car.  (Source: The Drive)

Future Mobility is planning to build an 11.64 billion yuan ($1.7 billion) factory in Nanjing, China. The factory will eventually have capacity to produce 300,000 EVs a year with the first phase of the plant’s construction will be completed by 2019. After that initial phase, the factory should be able to produce 150,000 vehicles a year.  (Source: Reuters)

Saft has supplied two lithium ion (li-ion) battery systems to French transmission grid operator RTE to provide backup power for its Smart Substations Project. RTE is establishing two substations in the Somme where wind penetration is the highest. Blocaux substation will be the first site to receive the company’s Intensium Flex system, while a second site is planned for the future.  (Source: Saft)

Alabama Graphite announced that it has manufactured and shipped two specifications of its coated spherical purified graphite (CSPG) called ‘ULTRACSPGTM’ and two specifications of its CSPG production byproduct, purified micronized graphite (PMG) trademarked as ‘ULTRAPMGTM’ to two U.S. based potential end-users. The company also announced the execution of three non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for the purposes of evaluating its battery ready graphite. The first shipment of CSPG and PMG evaluation samples was sent to a U.S. Department of Defense battery manufacturer that had been awarded a multi-million contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command as a sole-source li-ion battery provider for an electromagnetic railgun.  (Source: Alabama Graphite)

Renault has introduced two commercial EVs: New Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E. to add to its electric LCV family. The Kangoo Z.E. features a new battery (33 kilowatt-hours (kWh) with a range of up to 270 km (168 miles) NEDC – up from 170 km (106 miles). The Master Z.E. is also equipped with a 33 kWh battery with a range of up to 200 km (124 miles).  (Source: Renault)

Park City Transit (Utah) announced the purchase of six electric buses (ebuses) for $3.9 million for use in the public transportation system beginning this spring. The new energy-efficient vehicles will establish a ebus-rapid transit route in a resort community — along state Route 224. The vehicles are manufactured by Proterra.  (Source: Deseret News)

Lithium Americas announced it has signed an investment agreement with GFL International (Ganfeng) for funding to advance the construction of the Cauchari-Olaroz lithium project in Jujuy, Argentina. Ganfeng has agreed to financing terms in an aggregate amount of $174 million in exchange for 19.9% of the outstanding common shares of Lithium Americas pro-forma; the right to buy a fixed portion of the lithium carbonate production from the Cauchari-Olaroz project; and a $125 million project debt facility. The companies have agreed to terms for an Offtake Entitlement in favour of Ganfeng for the purchase of up to 70% of Lithium Americas’ share of Cauchari-Olaroz Stage 1 lithium carbonate production at market prices.  (Source: Lithium Americas)

Vera Automotive (Thailand–based) has introduced the Vera V1 EV which has a battery capacity of 22 kWh and can be registered with the Land Transport Department as a passenger car. The EV has a maximum speed of 105 km per-hour (65 miles per-hour) and has a range of up to 180km (112 miles) per charge, which takes six hours to complete. The company expects to sell about 100 units of Vera this year.  (Source: Bangkok Post)

UQM Technologies announced the receipt of a new follow-on order from Proterra® for PowerPhase® HD electric drive systems, to be manufactured and shipped throughout 2017. Proterra announced plans to increase production capacity in 2017. Proterra has fleets active in cities throughout the U.S.   (Source: UQM Technologies)

Flame retardant

Schematic of Thermal-Triggered Flame-Retardant

A team of researchers at Stanford University has found a way to introduce flame retardant into a li-ion battery to prevent fires from occurring. The approach involves encapsulating a common flame retardant called triphenyl phosphate in an extremely tiny sheath made of plastic fibers and then inserting several of them into the electrolyte that sits between the anode and cathode. The sheath keeps the retardant from actually coming into contact with the electrolyte material, which is flammable and the source of most battery fires. The plastic fibers in the sheath have a melting point of 160° Celsius—if that temperature is reached, the plastic melts and the retardant is released into the electrolyte suppressing a potential fire.  (Source: Phys.org)

 


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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “Federal Battery Technology Licensing Forum to Headline NAATBatt 2017, in the NAATBatt blog. 

To view the blog, CLICK HERE  


 

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