February 17, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 7
NAATBatt Member News
NAATBatt members: Sign up for Members Update Presentations during NAATBatt 2017 ends at Midnight, EST, tonight. NAATBatt members who wish to make a 5-6 minute presentation during the NAATBatt 2017 meeting to discuss new products and developments must notify Jim Greenberger today (if they have not already done so). Members Update Presentations offer all NAATBatt members the opportunity to tell the industry what they do and why what they do is important. The Members Update Presentations collectively provide the best market intelligence you can get about what is really going on in the advanced battery industry today. Member Update Presentations will be made throughout the NAATBatt 2017 meeting, from March 14-16, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.
A committee of NAATBatt member firms has jury-selected 10 companies to make presentations about new battery-related technologies at the Energy Storage Innovation Summit, held as part of NAATBatt 2017. The ten selected companies 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 invited company will make a 5 minute presentation about a potentially disruptive new technology, which is available for license or purchase today. The Summit is a regular feature of every NAATBatt annual meeting.
NAATBatt 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/ .
Committee 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.
The Battery Show Europe 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, where NAATBatt fully expects its success and growth to continue. For information about the program and to take advantage of early registration, click here. Information about special opportunities for NAATBatt members at The Battery Show Europe will be made available soon.
DNV GL: DNV GL’s Energy Executive Forum — May 16-19, 2017 — Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA. At the Energy Executive Forum 2017, DNV GL will lead a conversation to explore the dynamics of winning business models and the major factors that will drive success in this converging market. This is about inclusion, not disruption. For more information and to register, click: www.energyexecutiveforum.com
Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR): JCESR and Argonne National Lab will be holding a symposium titled “Energy Storage: The Synergies with Electric Vehicle Transportation and PV Solar Generation” at UC San Diego on April 5-6, 2017. For more information and to register, click: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1935641
Siemens: Webinar on Advanced thermal management of Li-ion batteries for electrified vehicles (There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.) Pick a time to fit your schedule: February 23, 2017: 10 a.m. (London) • 11 a.m. (Berlin/Paris) • 3:30 p.m. (Bangalore) > Register
10 a.m. (Los Angeles) • 1 p.m. (New York) > Register
For more information: 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
A123 Systems has won a 6.9 billion yuan ($1 billion) contract to produce lithium ion (li-ion) batteries for SAIC General Motors. The company will supply 2.6 million li-ion batteries for 48-volt start-stop systems for GM’s joint venture (JV) with SAIC. The company initially entered into a partnership with SAIC Motor in 2009 with the formation of Advanced Traction Battery Systems (ATBS), a battery pack JV. (Source: Automotive News China)
POSCO is planning to invest 300 billion won ($260.9 million) in the anode materials business by 2020 as part of its plan to diversify its portfolio. The company will make such investment into its anode materials manufacturing unit of POSCO ESM in the next three years. POSCO ESM has already started to produce high-capacity anode materials for EV batteries. (Source: Yonhap)
Vattenfall is switching its entire car fleet to electric vehicles (EVs). Over 3.500 passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany will be replaced by EVs over a period of five years. Starting in January 2017, the company will gradually switch its fleet, with 1.700 vehicles in Sweden, 1.100 in Germany and 750 in the Netherlands. The types of vehicle vary from passenger cars to technical support vehicles and maintenance vans. (Source: Vattenfall)
BMW is expecting breakthrough in battery technology in 2026, by which time it plans to have solid-state batteries ready for production in its models. The batteries will use li-ion technology but swap liquid electrolytes for solid ones, with initial targets being for a 15-20% increase in capacity. The delay is attributed to long-term durability testing. (Source: Autocar)
POSCO has completed its PosLX (POSCO Lithium Extraction) plant that has an annual capacity of 2,500 tons if lithium carbonate at its lithium plant at Gwangyang Works. The facility will supply to POSCO ESM, which produces cathodes for LG Chem and Samsung SDI. Roughly 2,500 tons of lithium carbonate can be used to produce about 70 million laptop batteries. (Source: POSCO)
LG Chem is extending its battery plant in Nanjing, China. The company is building two additional plants for automotive batteries and small batteries at the factory and is choosing a constructor. The construction cost of the two plants alone is estimated at $35 million (39.83 billion won). In addition, LG Chem is adding up to 150 jobs to supports pack assembly operations at its Holland, Michigan facility. (Source: Business Korea and Holland Sentinel)
The Mercedes electric truck (etruck) will hit German roads this year. The company is talking to 20 potential customers to trial its etruck. The vehicle runs on three li-ion batteries and can carry 57,320 lbs. of cargo. Mercedes is planning to bring the truck series to market in 2020. (Source: Daimler)
WiTricity announced it is collaborating with Nissan to drive adoption of wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging systems. The company’s DRIVE wireless charging system allows for a charging pad on or under the ground that uses a patented magnetic resonance technology. (Source: WiTricity)
Nemaska Lithium announced it has received a $3M installment payment from Johnson Matthey Battery Materials (JMBM) of Candiac, Québec (a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Matthey Plc). The installment payment was made after JMBM’s review and acceptance of the operation manuals for the Phase 1 Plant and receipt by the company of the certificate of authorization to operate the Phase 1 Plant. The existing agreement between JMBM and Nemaska Lithium provides for an aggregate $12M advance payment for goods and services. The final $3M milestone installment will be payable by JMBM following receipt of battery grade lithium hydroxide from Nemaska Lithium. (Source: Nemaska Lithium)
Harvard researchers have created a flow battery that lasts 10 years or longer. The flow battery uses water to dissolve organic molecules that store energy, and it can be recharged frequently and lasts a decade with minimal degradation. Previous batteries used toxic chemicals to hold their charges, and when recharged, degraded until they were depleted after about 1,000 cycles. (Source: Newsmax)
Executive Director’s Notes
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