February 24, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 8


NAATBatt Member News

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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, Teebs R&D/E3BV, 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. 

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/.

Repurpose and Reuse Workshop logoNAATBatt 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. Click the adjoining banner for more information about the program.

Battery Show EUROPE Conference logo-NEWThe 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.GLDNV 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

JCESR logoJoint 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, 2017For more information and to register,  click:   https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1935641

alabama graphiteAlabama Graphite:  Alabama Graphite Corp. Achieves 99.99997% Graphite Purity via Proprietary, Environmentally Responsible and Sustainable Purification Process; Exceeds Nuclear Graphite Purity Requirements  For press release: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-2196881.htm

Amer ManganeseAmerican Manganese Inc. :  American Manganese Inc. Invited to Present at The Cobalt Conference 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco     For press release: http://www.americanmanganeseinc.com/american-manganese-inc-invited-to-present-at-the-cobalt-conference-2017-in-marrakech-morocco/

redflow_logo2011_rgb_b01Redflow:  Redflow applauds ​​grid approval for Victron inverter      For press release:  http://www.impress.com.au/newsroom/redflow/2087-redflow-applauds-grid-approval-for-victron-inverter.html

 U.S. Trade Administration logoSee the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter for an important notice from The U.S Dept of Commerce’s International Trade Administration to U.S. Lithium-Ion Battery Producers, Assemblers and Manufacturers on deadline for filing opposition to the Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs).

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

Tesla is expecting to finalize locations this year for as many as three more Gigafactories. That would bring the total number to five, including a solar plant in New York. The company has stated that Gigafactory 1 has 35% battery cost reduction to about $124/kilowatt-hour.  (Source: CNN)

Detroit Electric has formed a joint venture (JV) with China Smarter Energy Group (CSE) and the China Yixing Environmental Technology Industrial Park Development Corporation (ES&TP) to produce electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in China. The ‘Emperor Electric Car’ JV is 50% owned by Detroit Electric, 40% by CSE and 10% by ES&TP. The company, along with JV partners, plans to sell 100,000 EVs by 2020.  (Source: IHS)

The Blue Solutions EV sharing scheme is being planned for an August launch in Singapore. The program will start with 10 to 20 EVs in up to 10 locations. The vehicles are two-door, four-seater hatchbacks with lithium-metal-polymer batteries will have a range of 250 kilometers (155 miles). In Paris, the average usage for the company’s EV is seven rentals per day per car.  (Source: The Straits Times)

Alabama Graphite announced it has achieved 99.99997% carbon total percentage by weight (wt% C) purity from its sourced graphite at its Coosa Graphite Project (located in Alabama) via its propriety, low-temperature thermal purification process. In addition, the company’s environmentally friendly purification process does not utilize acids (e.g. hydrofluoric acid).  A total of 16 pounds (“lbs.”) of 96.7 wt% C graphite concentrate was shipped from the Coosa Graphite Project pilot plant concentrate stockpile to the coated spherical purified graphite laboratory in the United States as the feedstock for the purification trials.  (Source: Alabama Graphite)

Future Mobility is planning to sell its electric SUV in 2019, even though it could take to years to obtain a manufacturing license that will enable the company to begin production at its factory in Nanjing.  The company’s lineup will start with the SUV, to be followed by a sedan and a minivan built on the same platform.  Future Mobility’s Nanjing factory in eastern China will have an initial capacity of 150,000 units a year and subsequently double in output.     (Source: Bloomberg)

MAN Truck & Bus and the Austrian Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL) have signed a memorandum of understanding to test electric trucks (etrucks) for various purposes in daily service. The companies are kicking off the introduction of electric drives in medium and heavy distribution transport with a permitted gross weight of 12 to 26 tonnes. The plan is to start producing electric versions of the MAN TGM series from the end of 2018.  (Source: MAN Group)

The Norwegian Parliament has set a goal for all new cars sold by 2025 to be EVs. The country currently has around 37% sales of EVs in the overall car market sales. The parliament is planning to reach the goal with a green tax system based on the polluter pays principle, not a ban.  (Source: Wccftech)

Volkswagen is planning to build more electric vehicles (EVs) in Eastern Germany and is pursuing a multi-billion-euro investment in battery-powered cars and new mobility services. The Zwickau factory will use a modular platform for EVs to build the I.D. hatchback from 2019. In the short-term, VW will start delivering its e-Golf with a battery range of 300 km (185 miles), which will be produced at its headquarters in the western German town of Wolfsburg.  (Source: Reuters)

Primus Power announced production of its EnergyPod 2 that has a five-hour duration and lab-certified 20-year life. The system delivers a total cost of ownership up to 50% less than leading conventional li-ion battery systems. Customers such as Microsoft are testing systems for peak shaving applications at a Redmond, Washington data center.  (Source: Primus Power)

Peugeot will be launching an electric version of the Partner Tepee, the Partner Tepee Electric. The EV will be powered by two lithium-ion (li-ion) battery packs with a 22.5 kilowatt-hour (KWh) capacity and a certified range of 170 kilometers (106 miles).  The EV will go on the market in September.  (Source: Peugeot)

NEST iON will be locating its research and development facility at Kodak’s Energy Storage Hub at the Eastman Business Park. The project is the first time the Ireland-based company will expand its operations into the United States. The company produces high-performance lithium batteries designed for law enforcement, intelligence agencies and military applications.    (Source: NEST iON)

University of Illinois scientists have developed a superionic solid (ultrasmall nanoclusters of copper selenide) that could be the basis of next-generation li-ion batteries. The material has more thermal and mechanical stability with no leakage issues. The copper selenide nanocluster electrolyte combines the best of both liquid and solid electrolytes: It has the stability of a solid, but ions easily move through it like a liquid. Copper selenide is known to be superionic at high temperatures, but the tiny nanoclusters are the first demonstration of the material being superionic at room temperature.  (Source: PhysOrg)

 


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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “Vehicle Electrification is Charging Ahead Again, in the NAATBatt blog. 

To view the blog, CLICK HERE  


Member Advertising and Announcements

Attention:  U.S. Lithium-Ion Battery Producers, Assemblers and Manufacturers

The U.S Dept of Commerce’s International Trade Administration will be making a determination on the Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs) related to lithium-ion batteries by close of business on Monday, February 27, 2017.  MTBs request the temporary reduction or suspension of duties on certain U.S. imports.  The primary purpose of such bills is to help U.S. manufacturers compete at home and abroad by temporarily suspending or reducing duties on intermediate products or materials that are not made domestically, or where there is no domestic opposition. Such reductions or suspensions reduce costs for U.S. businesses and ultimately increase the competitiveness of their products.  However, the agency carefully considers each and every bill to ensure that they do not adversely impact domestic producers of identical, like or competing products. If any battery producers wish to object to these bills or if you make a battery with identical cell and voltage; and would object to the entities receiving tariff relief because you produce an identical product, please contact Salim Moiz Bhabhrawala, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce |International Trade Administration  at  Salim.Bhabhrawala@trade.gov |T 202.482.1784| F 202.482.2565  ASAP!

If you would like to see the full product petition, as it was submitted to the U.S. International Trade Commission, please visit www.usitc.gov/mtbinfo.htm to access the portal.  Note, if you have not already, to access the portal, you will have to complete a free registration process.

The bills currently submitted: 

Petition Number Short Product Name HTS Number Article Description Petitioner
2783 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries 8507.60.00 Lithium-ion batteries for cameras of 8525.80.4000; rechargeable; with specifications of 1220 mAH and 4.4 V; incorporates 4 connector slots; dimensions are between 30 and 40 millimeters (mm) in length, 25 to 35 mm in width, and 7 to 14 mm in depth (provided for in subheading 8507.60.00). GoPro, Inc
1760 Battery Cell for Infusion Pump 8507.60.00 Batteries of kind used as the primary source of electrical power for Infusion system pumps (provided for in subheading 9018.90.75) B. Braun Medical
2208 Lithium Battery Pack 8507.60.00 20V 2 Amp Lithium Battery Pack Positec Tool Corporation
2636 Battery for Quad Copter (drone) 8507.60.00 Lithium-ion batteries with specifications of 5100 Milliamp Hours (mAh) and of 14.8 volts (V); the batteries are rechargable and engineered to fit into specific drone quadcopters (provided for in subheading 8507.60.00) GoPro, Inc
2805 Underwater lithium ion battery 8507.60.00 GoPro, Inc.
Lithium ion batteries engineered to operate specifically with certain cameras of 8525.80.40, incorporating a plastic housing that allows the battery to operate underwater while attached to the camera (provided for in subheading 8507.60.00).
2828 Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries 8507.60.00 Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries, with a capacity exceeding 74 kWh and rated at a voltage of 384 VDC, the foregoing designed for use in all-electric vehicles of subheading 8702.90.30 and 8704.90.00 Nohm, Inc.
2850 3 Prong Lithium-Ion Camera Battery 8507.60.00 Lithium ion batteries engineered to operate specifically with certain cameras of 8525.80.40, incorporating a plastic housing that allows the battery to operate underwater while attached to the camera (provided for in subheading 8507.60.00). GoPro, Inc.
3049 Lithium-Ion Batteries for Outdoor Power Equipment 8507.60.00 Rechargeable 36V lithium-ion battery packs, comprised of multiple lithium-ion cells and one or more control units which contain monitoring circuits to detect charge state, cell voltage, cell current and/or cell temperature, a communication line between the cells and the control units, and a voltage divider which increases or decreases the voltage in the communication line to minimize interference, all encased in a housing with dimensions of 10 to 11 centimeters in length, 12 to 13 centimeters in width, and 7 to 8 centimeters in height (provided for in subheading 8507.60.00) Stihl, Inc.
3084 lithium on storage batteries 8507.60.00 28 V lithium ion storage batteries, with battery charge indicator and double latch release mechanism, interchangeable among all of the following equipment specially designed to fit the battery:  handheld power tools, vacuum cleaners, lighting equipment and other equipment (provided for in subheading 8507.60.00) Milwaukee Tool
3093 Lithium ion storage batteries 8507.60.00 12 V lithium ion storage batteries, with battery charge indicator and double latch release mechanism, interchangeable among all of the following equipment specially designed to fit the battery:  handheld power tools, vacuum cleaners, lighting equipment, radios and other equipment (provided for in subheading 8507.60.00) Milwaukee Tool
3096 Lithium-Ion Batteries for Outdoor Power Equipment 8507.60.00 Rechargeable 36V lithium-ion battery packs, comprised of multiple lithium-ion cells and one or more control units which contain monitoring circuits to detect charge state, cell voltage, cell current and/or cell temperature, a communication line between the cells and the control units, and a voltage divider which increases or decreases the voltage in the communication line to minimize interference, all encased in a housing with dimensions of 16 to 17 centimeters in length, 11 to 12 centimeters in width, and 6.5 to 7.5 centimeters in height    (provided for in subheading 8507.60.00) Stihl, Inc.
3106 Lithium ion storage batteries 8507.60.00 40 V lithium ion storage batteries, with battery charge indicator and double latch release mechanism, interchangeable among all of the following equipment specially designed to fit the battery:  grass trimmers, hedge trimmers, blowers, chain saws and other equipment (provided for in subheading 8507.60.00) Milwaukee Tool
3108 lithium ion storage batteries 8507.60.00 18 V lithium ion storage batteries, with battery charge indicator and double latch release mechanism, interchangeable among all of the following equipment specially designed to fit the battery:  handheld power tools, vacuum cleaners, lighting equipment, radios and other equipment (provided for in subheading 8507.60.00) Milwaukee Tool
3120 Lithium Polymer Rechargeable Batteries 8507.60.00 Rechargeable lithium batteries with a polymer electrolyte layer and composite cathode designed to complete 800 cumulative battery lifetime hours and sustain temperatures between 45 degrees Celsius and 130 degrees Celsius continuously for a minimum of 1 hour between recharges (provided for in subheading 8507.60.00). Schlumberger Technology Corporation

 


 

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