December 2, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 49

NAATBatt Member News


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 Report for 2Q 2016 is available to NAATBatt members on the “Publications” page of the NAATBatt website.  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.

aqua-metalsAqua Metals: Mark Stevenson Joins Aqua Metals As Firm Expands Further

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

RedFlow:  Simon Hackett reveals home battery benefits

electric-and-hybrid-marine-world-expo-2017-logo-1The next NAATBatt sponsored conference event will be the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017 on January 16-18, 2017, in Tampa, Florida.  At NAATBatt sponsored conference events, NAATBatt members may use the NAATBatt booth at the sponsored conference to highlight and display their own literature, samples and information. Contact Jim Greenberger if your company has an interest in participating. Use your NAATBatt membership to leverage your marketing program. Don’t miss this important benefit of NAATBatt membership.  

For more information on the Expo,  see the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter or 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

Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW and Ford are planning to cooperate on a Europe-wide network of charging stations. The firms have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the joint venture (JV), which is open to other automakers. The plan is to establish charging sites beginning in the 1Q17.  After reaching the initial goal of about 400 charging sites along major highways in Europe, the group aims to have “thousands of high-powered charging points” on the continent by 2020.  (Source: Reuters) 

Daimler announced plans to invest over 7 billion euro (~$7.5 billion) in ‘green’ technologies over the next two years. This includes adding three of the models of Smart branded cars with and the use of larger batteries that will be able to increase their cruising range up to 700 kilometers (435 miles). The company will also develop 10 electric vehicles (EVs) based on the same architecture by 2025.  (Source: Daimler)

The China Ministry of Industrial and Information Technology (MIIT) announced that new energy buses (ebuses) powered by nickel-cobalt manganese (NCM) or nickel cobalt aluminum (NCA) batteries will be eligible for subsidies (as long as safety requirements are met) starting in 2017. The restriction had been imposed this January. Ebuses already using NCA or NCM technology are required to provide 3rd party safety testing reports.  (Source: Ministry of Industrial and Information Technology)

Nissan and Eaton are broadening their portfolio of xStorage home residential energy storage solutions with the introduction of a range of six product configurations. The announcement comes as pre-orders of xStorage began in the United Kingdom, Norway and Germany with other European markets to follow in the coming months. The storage units provide a sustainable second life for Nissan’s electric vehicle (EV) batteries after their first life in cars and come with an extended warranty period of ten years.  (Source: Nissan Motor)

BMW i is offering a Digital Charging Service (DCS), which is based on two core functions: tariff- and solar-optimized charging. The tariff-optimized charging service aligns the charging plan to the customer’s electricity tariff so that cost-efficiency is improved and the vehicle is automatically charged at the lowest electricity rates. The solar-optimized charging service aligns the domestic photovoltaic (PV) system and predicts the solar power based on the weather forecast and the output of the installed system to establish a charging plan. The pilot countries are Germany and the Netherlands beginning next year.  (Source: BMW)

SK Innovation has delayed building an EV battery factory with Beijing Automotive Group and Beijing Electronics in China because of regulatory uncertainty. The MIIT recently issued draft certification rules requiring a minimum annual production capacity of 8 gigawatt-hours (GWh) — from the current 200 megawatt-hours (MWh). Companies also are required to meet standards in order to receive subsidies from the government.  (Source: Reuters)

The Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) will put an ebus into service this month. The Proterra ebus has a range of about 40 miles. The vehicle will be tested for 90 days. Under current scenarios, the earliest an electric bus could begin operating in Houston is around 2018. Once ordered, Proterra said it takes the company about a year to fulfill the order.  (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Lucid Motors announced Casa Grande, Arizona, as the location to manufacture luxury EVs. The plan involves hiring 2,000 workers by 2022. The company plans are to have the first EVs ready for sale by 2018 with the goal of producing 8,000 to 10,000 the first year. The goal is full-scale production of more than 50,000 a year by 2022.  (Source: Lucid Motors)

Kairos Minerals announced it has entered into a lithium joint venture (JV) with Altura Mining at its Wodgina East Project located in Western Australia. Under the terms of the agreement, Altura can earn a 75% interest in the lithium rights over the Wodgina East tenements by spending a total of $1.25 million over 5 years, with an upfront cash payment of $100,000 upon execution. Once Altura has earned its interest, Kairos will retain a free-carried 25% interest in the project.  (Source: Kairos Minerals)

Kodal Minerals announced acquisitions of additional prospective lithium projects in southern Mali, West Africa. Kodal will purchase a 90% interest in the 109km² (square-kilometers) Diendio Project. The project comprises three granted concessions; Diendio Sud, Diossyan Sud and Manankoro Nord.  (Source: Mining Technology)

Revision Military has formalized a strategic partnership with Kokam. Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate on air and ground power platforms and will incorporate li-ion technology into advanced energy solutions for military use. Kokam’s patented Z-folding manufacturing technique and advanced lithium polymer and thin film laminations will continue to be featured in Revision’s operationally focused Nerv Centr™ energy solution programs.
(Source: Revision Military)


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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

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