December 23, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 52
NAATBatt Member News
Casey Butler has joined NAATBatt International as its new Director of Development. Casey is a long-time battery industry veteran having served as General Counsel of the Battery Innovation Center, Manager of Corporate Development at Ener1, and grant writer extraordinaire to numerous companies in the advanced battery industry. NAATBatt is thrilled to have Casey, the most overqualified Director of Development on the planet, as part of its management team. You can welcome Casey to NAATBatt by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The agenda for the NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference has been posted at thttp://naatbatt.org/meeting-conference-agenda/ . Click on the link to see the highlights of the program, including surveys of multiple sectors of the advanced battery market, the Federal Battery Technology Licensing Forum, two panels on extreme fast and inductive EV charging, a discussion of the markets for energy materials such as lithium, cobalt and nickel, and an examination of how the capital markets are likely to treat battery and energy storage companies in the year ahead. Also, please tell your colleagues about the Battery IP Workshop, which will run concurrently with the Annual Meeting on March 14, aimed at attorneys and IP professionals working with battery technology. And don’t miss the all-important Advanced Battery Golf & Tennis Tournament the day before the meeting. The meeting will run from March 14-16, 2017 at the Wigwam resort outside of Phoenix, Arizona. It is the top networking and educational event each year for senior executives in the advanced battery and energy storage business. To register now or for more information, go to: http://naatbatt.org/naatbatt-2017-annual-meeting-conference/
NAATBatt’s solicitation for new battery-related technologies available for immediate license or sale to present at the NAATBatt 2017 remains open but will close on December 31, 2016. The presentations are designed to give NAATBatt members a “first look” at new, market-ready storage technology and to help emerging companies build relationships with more established companies in the battery industry. Please see the Solicitation for Presentations — Emerging Energy Storage Technologies at the end of this newsletter below and submit your proposal (3 pages max.) to Jim Greenberger by December 31 to be considered. Selected companies will be notified by late January 2017. The emerging technology presentations made at NAATBatt annual meetings have a history of generating new deals and investments.
Speaker presentations from the NAATBatt Advanced Battery Recycling Workshop held on November 30, 2016, are now available to all NAATBatt members on the NAATBatt website at: https://naatbatt.org/resource-center/naatbatt-conference-materials/. NAATBatt members may obtain speaker presentations from all NAATBatt conferences and workshops by going to the Resource Center section of the NAATBatt website.
The 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.
The 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. Materials to be distributed from the NAATBatt booth must arrive in Tampa by January 15. Use your NAATBatt membership to leverage your marketing program. Don’t miss this important benefit of NAATBatt membership. For more information about 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.
NAATBatt International is thrilled to welcome Paper Battery Company as NAATBatt’s newest Silver member. Paper Battery Company has two unique supercapacitor products – The first product on the market and in volume production (through a manufacturing partner) now is a high energy hybrid supercap (powerResponder) for supercap and battery replacement in energy applications where reliability and peak power issues dominate the customer needs. Industries served by this include cloud computing, industrial, medical and consumer electronics. The other product is a breakthrough technology for an ultrathin supercapacitor (powerWrapper) based on current EDLC technology in the industry primarily for complementing lithium batteries and replacing standard capacitors, as an ultrathin product line. This product line is currently in manufacturing scale up with a strategic manufacturing partner. For more information about Paper Battery Company and its products, go to: http://www.paperbatteryco.com.
Advanced Battery Industry News
Nissan Motor, Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors are combining their electric vehicle (EV) platforms in an effort to reduce prices by as much as 20%. Under the new strategy, the automakers in 2018, will exclusively use the Leaf platform. The three companies will share key components (which could weigh as much as 40% of an EV) such as the motor, inverter and battery, a move that would lower the Leaf’s price by about 20%. (Source: Nikkei Asian Review)
Bollore Group is preparing to launch its EV sharing service in Los Angeles next year. The program will operate under the name ‘BlueLA’ as a pilot program focusing on low-income areas of the city. It will begin with 200 charging stations and 100 EVs in portions of five communities in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Koreatown, Pico Union and Westlake. (Source: IBJ)
Duke Energy’s “EV Charging Infrastructure Project” will lead to the installation of more than 200 public charging stations. The $1 million project pays up to $5,000 for the purchase and installation of each charging port. The company’s program was part of a recent settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups. (Source: Duke Energy)
Wanxiang Group has received approval from local regulators to produce EVs in China. The company has the green light to build a factory with capacity to produce 50,000 vehicles annually. Of the 50,000 capacity, 39,000 have been earmarked for the two-door Atlantic, which has a top speed of 216 kilometers (134 miles) per hour and can reach 100 kilometers per hour in 6.5 seconds. Aside from Wanxiang, NDRC has approved five companies to produce new-energy vehicles, including Ch-Auto’s Qiantu Motor and Changjiang Auto. (Source: Autonews)
Lucid Motors has signed a strategic supply agreement with LG Chem for lithium-ion (li-ion) battery cells. The agreement establishes LG Chem as one of the key suppliers of cells for Lucid’s products. The cylindrical cells that LG Chem will be producing for Lucid will feature a proprietary chemistry that has been developed together in partnership. (Source: Lucid Motors)
California state regulators have approved the expansion of charging stations through a $130-million project that will be developed and run by Pacific Gas & Electric. The project will deploy 7,500 charging stations throughout Northern California. The five-member California Public Utilities Commission voted in favor of the program, which follows similar projects this year by Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric. In total, the three shareholder-owned utilities are set to bring 12,500 vehicle charging stations online. (Source: Los Angeles Times)
ABB has inaugurated its OppCharge fast-charging station for electric buses (ebuses) in Benelux, in the commuter belt town of Bertrange, Luxembourg. The fast charger, with associated electrical systems, is based on an open interface for DC ebus charging using a pantograph mounted on the infrastructure. Bus operator Sales-Lentz will use the charger to recharge the ebuses from Volvo. The charging station has been installed at Gare de Bertrange/Strassen and can fully charge the vehicles with 150 kilowatt (kW) of charging power in three to six minutes, during the layover times at the bus route’s end points. (Source: ABB)
Uber Technologies has launched its first fleet of electric cars in Madrid, Spain. The fleet of EVs forms a part of its premium UberONE service, which offers extras such as in-car Internet connections. The company is operating in the city with restrictive licenses, which impedes expansion. (Source: Business Insider)
WiTricity announced it is working with General Motors to test a wireless charging system prototype for EVs. The companies are testing WiTricity’s Drive 11 park-and-charge system that is designed for interoperability across vehicle platforms. The prototype testing focuses on wireless charging systems at 7.7 and 11 kW charge rates, capable of charging both battery and extended range EVs and is intended to comply with standards proposed by SAE International’s J2954 Committee. (Source: WiTricity)
The Colorado Department of Transportation is working with Aecom to determine sites that will be used to test in-road battery charging technology (coil buried in the road) capable of powering electric trucks (etrucks) equipped with receiving coils. Several sites in Denver are being considered including an area near Denver International Airport that is heavy with freight traffic. The charging equipment can either be retrofit on EVs or built into new ones. The goal is to reduce the weight of in-vehicle batteries and extend the distances that etrucks can travel. (Source: HPPR)
E.ON has established a new unit to develop and expand Europe’s charging infrastructure. The company is working with partners and is offering companies and municipalities in Germany charging stations for either sale or lease. E.ON operates around 2,500 charging points in Denmark and has started setting up charging networks in Britain and Sweden. (Source: Reuters)
The states of Colorado, Utah and Nevada are planning to build an EV charging network throughout the states. The corridors will include I-70, I-76 and I-25 across Colorado. The plan includes I-70, I-80 and I-15 across Utah. Along with I-80 and I-15 across Nevada. The charging network will connect more than 2,000 miles of highway. (Source: KKTV)
Hawaiian Electric (HECO), the Blue Planet Foundation and six other organizations are joining forces to form ‘Drive Electric Hawaii’, whose goals include increasing the number of charging stations on the island. Currently, about 80% of the state’s 5,000 EVs are on Oahu, but only 60% of public charging stations are on Oahu. HECO is halfway to its goal of installing 25 fast-charging stations statewide, most of them on Oahu. Blue Planet is seeking to have new condominiums to consider installing charging ports. (Source: Hawaii News Now)
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