January 27, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 4

NAATBatt Member News

Annual Meeting Banner 2017 Panel-BlueNAATBatt International has announced the winners of its solicitation for new battery and energy storage technologies to present at the Energy Storage Innovation Summit during NAATBatt 2017. The winners, selected by a committee of NAATBatt member firms are: General Motors Company, Onto Technologies, 24M, Paper Battery Company, Forge Nano, XG Sciences, Urban Electric Power, Black Diamond Structures, Encell Technology, and Silatronix. Each selected company will make a presentation as part of the Summit on March 15 about a new technology that is available today for license or purchase and that has the potential to disrupt the advanced battery or energy storage market.

NAATBatt Members: Please notify Jim Greenberger by January 31, if you intend to make a Members Update Presentation at NAATBatt 2017. Participation is strongly encouraged. Each NAATBatt member may make a brief presentation about its products and plans for 2017. These presentations collectively provide exceptional market intelligence for all NAATBatt 2017 attendees and an excellent marketing opportunity for our members. Members: You must respond by January 31.

Early registration for NAATBatt 2017 ends January 31, 2017. Registration fees increase by $200-250 after January 31. Also, rooms at the Wigwam hotel, site of NAATBatt 2017, are running short. It is highly recommended that you make your room reservations now, if you want to stay on site. To register for NAATBatt 2017 now, click here.

Winners of NAATBatt’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards will be announced on February 1. Past honorees have included John Goodenough, Stan Whittingham, Detchko Pavlov, Ralph Brodd and Imre Gyuk. The winners of the 2017 awards will be honored at the Gala Dinner during NAATBatt 2017, on the evening of Wednesday, March 15 in Phoenix.

Argonne nanolabNAATBatt 2017 will include a special Workshop on Intellectual Property Issues in Advanced Battery Technology, on Tuesday, March 14. The Workshop is for attorneys, IP managers and technology scouts working in the battery industry or with battery technology. Top officials from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, the DOE Office of Technology Transfer and several major corporate owners of battery-related IP will participate. Please make sure your counsel and IP managers know about this workshop. More information can be found at: http://naatbatt.org/intellectual-property-workshop/ .

hangzhou-bus-fire-started-by-battery-fireCommittee meetings of the following committees will be held on Tuesday morning, March 14 in conjunction with NAATBatt 2017: (1) Joint SAE International-CATARC-NAATBatt International Bus Battery Safety Committee, and (2) NAATBatt Advanced Battery Recycling Committee. All interested persons are invited to attend. Call-in information will be made available to committee members who cannot attend in person. For a schedule of all meetings during NAATBatt 2017, see: http://naatbatt.org/meeting-conference-agenda/.

SAVE 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.

Battery Show EUROPE Conference logo-NEWThe next Sponsored Conference of NAATBatt International will be The Battery Show Europe, which will be held on April 4-6, 2017 in Sindelfingen, Germany. NAATBatt International has long been a supporter of The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan, which has quickly grown to be the top trade show in the advanced battery industry in North America. The Battery Show Europe will be its initial program in the EU. For information about the program, click here. Information about opportunities for NAATBatt members at The Battery Show Europe will be made available soon.

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.

New Members

NAATBatt International is pleased this week to welcome its newest Public Service members:

King_County_Metro_logo.svgKing County Metro Transit is the public transit authority of King County, Washington. It began operations on January 1, 1973, but can trace its roots to Seattle Transit, founded in 1939, and Overlake Transit Service, founded in 1927. Metro is the eighth-largest transit bus agency in the United States, carrying an average of 395,000 passengers each weekday on 215 routes. Metro employs 2,716 full-time and part-time operators and operates 1,882 buses, including a large number of hybrid electric buses. For more information about Metro, go to: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro.aspx

Salt River ProjectSalt River Project is the oldest multipurpose federal reclamation project in the United States. It has been serving central Arizona since 1903, nearly 10 years before Arizona became the 48th state. Today the SRP power district is one of the nation’s largest public power utilities. It provides electricity to approximately 1 million retail customers in a 2,900-square-mile service area that spans three Arizona counties, including most of the metropolitan Phoenix area. It is an integrated utility, providing generation, transmission and distribution services, as well as metering and billing services. For more information about SRP, go to: http://savewithsrpbiz.com/businesses/championsofenergyefficiency.aspx

Advanced Battery Industry News

The Chinese National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved NEVS’ application to start production of electric vehicles (EVs) in its manufacturing plant in Tianjin. NEVS is the first joint venture (JV) company with investors from outside China that has been granted a ‘New Energy Passenger Vehicle Project’ investment approval by the NDRC. The facility is expected to be in operation by year-end and will have annual capacity to produce 200,000 EVs annually.  (Source: NEVS)

Rocky Mountain Power has been selected for a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop 1,500 miles of electric highway corridors on Utah, Wyoming and Idaho Highways –along I-15, I-80, I-70 and I-84. The grant will be used to include the following:

  • Build DC fast chargers every 100 miles along the corridors and AC level 2 chargers in every major community in the region;
  • Offer incentives for employers to install charging stations; and,
  • Help businesses purchase 200 EVs and more than 13,800 electric rental vehicles

(Source: Rocky Mountain Power)

AKASOL is supplying lithium ion (li-ion) batteries for series production of electric buses (ebuses). The contract with the unnamed commercial vehicle manufacturer based in Northern Europe lasts until 2023 and involves the supply of up to 4,500 battery systems. The first serially produced e-buses equipped with the company’s battery systems are due to be released starting in 2018. The ebuses can be fitted with either hybrid or battery electric drives and has a capacity of 150 kilowatt-hours (kWh) to 300 kWh.  (Source: AKASOL)

Ford announced a project that is supported by Transport for London to improve air quality. The project features a 12-month trial of 20 plug-in hybrid Transit Custom vans. It is scheduled to launch this fall.  (Source: Ford)

Ebuses in Finland have been rolled out for commercial use. The fast charging ebuses are manufactured by Linkker and use drivetrains from Visedo. Tests demonstrated that the Visedo-powered ebuses consume less than 0.7 kWh per kilometer.  (Source: Automotive World)


                   The Anteater Express

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is converting its buses to an all-electric fleet. The student-funded and -operated Anteater Express shuttle service is acquiring 20 ebuses from BYD for $15 million. The vehicles are being built at the company’s Lancaster plant to roll onto the UCI campus for the 2017-18 academic year.  (Source: UCI)

Parasat Holding, part of a group including the Satpayev National Technical Research University and the Kazakh-British Technical University, has built an ebus assembly plant in Almaty region (Kazakhstan). The company has partnered with ebus manufacturer Higer (China-based), which also produces titanium-ion batteries for the vehicles. The companies have signed two agreements, one on the joint construction of the plant in Almaty with a 51% stake owned by the Chinese side and the other on the transfer of technology and joint research activities. In addition, Higer has given Parasat the patent on all its models throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States. The plant plans to initially produce nearly 300 vehicles a year. If the volume of orders increases, the company is prepared to introduce a second shift and release up to 1,000 buses per year.  (Source: The Astana Times)

BMW, Nissan and EVgo are partnering to increase public access to DC Fast charging stations across the U.S. The expansion supports Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 owners and builds on the 120 dual-port DC Fast chargers that BMW and Nissan announced together in December 2015. An additional 50 dual-port fast chargers are planned for this year through this partnership.  (Source: BMW Group)

Primus Power is working on its second project in Kazakhstan with Samruk Energy. The company has worked with Samruk Green Energy on the installation of its EnergyPod at the Kapchagai solar power station and installation at the Yereymentau Wind Power Station is underway. The first generation of the battery was made in 2015. (Source: The Astana Times)

A made-in-Mexico light-duty electric truck (etruck) was unveiled in Mexico City. The vehicle was designed by engineers from the Autonomous Metropolitan University and the firm Vehículos Eléctricos and will have a price of about 500,000 pesos (US $23,000). The etruck can carry up to 1.5 tonnes and travel up to 100 km (62 miles) at a maximum speed of 160 kilometers per hour (99 miles per-hour) before needing a battery recharge, which takes an hour.  (Source: Mexico News Daily)

Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have recommended that Hong Kong add 100 ebuses and 100 mini-ebuses to cut current air pollution levels. The cost would be HK$300 million ($39 million).  The scientists have recommended the EVs use European exteriors that are more durable and lithium-titanate batteries with ultra-fast charging capability – just 8-10 minutes of charging time for a 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) trip.  (Source: The Standard)

Auckland Transport has received a $500,000 government grant to support the trial of ebuses. Two ebuses will be bought for a trial set to start in mid-2017. The vehicles can travel around 200 kilometers (124 miles) between charges.
(Source: RNZ)

Tata Motors has launched the Starbus Electric and the Starbus Hybrid buses. The company is developing and manufacturing the vehicles in Pune, Dharwad, Pantnagar and Lucknow. Besides its partnership with ACGL of Goa for bus bodies, Tata Motors also has a JV with Marcopolo S.A. of Brazil.  (Source: Tata Motors)

Eguana Technologies announced it has expanded its partnership with LG Chem. Development has begun to optimize integration and delivery of LG Chem’s JH3 battery cell technology for stationary storage systems as part of Eguana’s AC Battery portfolio. The U.S. Residential AC Battery, based on JH2 cell technology, has been certified to meet U.S. national standards. Deployments in the Hawaii and California markets have taken place in both homeowner and utility applications.  (Source: Eguana Technolgies)

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has filed a series of proposals with the California Public Utilities Commission to install thousands of charging stations. If the proposals are approved, additional charging stations would be installed at San Diego International Airport, Port of San Diego, for delivery fleets, taxi/rideshare, Park-and-Rides and residential homes throughout the region. The filing is in response to Senate Bill (SB) 350, which recognized the role energy companies will have in transportation electrification.  (Source: San Diego Gas & Electric)

California’s utilities have asked for over $1 billion to spend on charging stations that will help the state meet its goal of getting 1.5 million zero-emissions vehicles on the road by 2025. Edison International’s Southern California Edison utility asked state regulators for permission to collect $570 million from customers over five years to pay for equipment installations to support about 1,800 charging stations for etrucks. PG&E has requested $253 million for efforts including charging systems for ebuses and etrucks. Sempra Energy’s SDG & E was applying for $244.1 million for similar programs.  (Source: Bloomberg)

Eos Energy Storage and Siemens announced a partnership to provide energy storage solutions. The partnership will leverage Eos’ Aurora® 1000│4000 that is offered at $160 per usable kWh a DC system with performance guarantees supporting up to 20 years of continuous operation. The company is packaging its Znyth®technology in a enclosure called the Energy StackTM.  (Source: Eos Energy

Adara Power announced that its iC3 Platform is supporting Aquion Energy’s Aspen Batteries that feature Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) technology. The iC3 Platform integrates battery and inverter controls with cloud-based software and a IoT connectivity solution.  (Source: Adara Power)


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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

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