March 10, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 10
NAATBatt Member News
NAATBatt 2017 starts next week! If you have not already registered, you may still register on site by credit card. NAATBatt 2017 will be NAATBatt’s best annual meeting and conference yet. Members and non-members are welcome. The content will include presentations by 7 renown market analysts about different sectors of the advanced battery market; the Federal Battery Licensing Forum, featuring presentations by 8 national and DOD laboratories and 1 national laboratory consortium about battery-related IP developed by the U.S. government and available for license to private industry; the Battery Storage Innovation Summit consisting of 10 jury-selected companies discussing new, market-ready battery technologies available for immediate purchase or license; reports on the state of the capital markets and the metals markets impacting the battery business; candid assessments of new battery technologies coming onto the market, and beyond lithium-ion battery technologies coming out of the laboratories, by industry veterans and well-known scientists; and Members Update Presentations by 40+ NAATBatt member firms about where they see their business going in the coming year. Don’t miss this chance to get the best market intelligence available about the business of advanced battery technology in all its applications. For more details, click here.
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/.
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. Click the adjoining banner for more information about the program.
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
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Advanced Battery Industry News
General Motors and PSA Group announced an agreement under which GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations will join the PSA Group in a transaction valuing these activities at €1.3 billion ($1.4 billion) and €0.9 billion ($1.0 billion), respectively. The companies expect to collaborate in the further deployment of electrification technologies with PSA potentially sourcing long-term supply of fuel cell systems from the GM/Honda joint venture (JV). The transaction expected to close before the end of 2017. (Source: General Motors)
A123 Systems opened its manufacturing facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic, where it plans to produce over 600,000 units of its low voltage automotive systems annually for European customers. Assembly of 12V (volt) lithium-ion (li-ion) starter battery and 48V battery for low voltage hybrid systems will occur at this location. The company also operates manufacturing facilities in China and the United States. (Source: A123 Systems)
Northvolt (formerly known as SGF Energy) is planning to set up a $4 billion li-ion factory in the Nordic countries, using in part metals mined in the region. The company is planning to produce li-ion batteries by 2020 and have 32 gigawatt hours (GWh) of annual production by 2023. It would consist of four blocks of 8GWh capacity each. Northvolt could also leverage a Finnish mine producing cobalt and nickel along with a cobalt refinery also situated in Finland. (Source: Financial Times)
Graphitecorp has executed transactions with two North American groups; Coulometrics and the founding shareholders of NOVONIX. The company has established an exclusive JV with Coulometrics, called ‘PUREgraphite’, and is targeting commercial production by the end of 2017 of ultra-high purity anode materials for li-ion batteries. The company has acquired 2/3rd interest in NOVONIX, which sells battery testing equipment and services to customers including CATL, Apple, 3M, Panasonic, Bosch and Dyson. (Source: Graphitecorp)
The green energy car subsidiary of Beijing Automotive Group is planning an initial public offering in 2018. Battery production costs for Beijing Electric Vehicle, which is backed by the group’s listed subsidiary BAIC Motor are dropping by 15-20% per year. Its battery costs have more than halved to 1,500 yuan to 2,000 yuan ($215-$290) per unit in the last three or four years and could soon reach 1,000 yuan ($145) per unit. (Source: Reuters)
Aquion Energy has filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court of the District of Delaware. Several potential strategic buyers have shown interest in the company and are conducting due diligence. The company had already retrenched to a core R&D team by terminating approximately 80% of its personnel (several of whom have also entered into consulting agreements), paused all factory operations, and stopped the marketing and selling of its products. (Source: Aquion Energy)
Leclanché SA announced it has received certifications recognizing its LTO battery cell’s compliance with China’s latest standards. The company has lithium cell technology, with more than 100 patents, for both power applications, LTO, and high energy density cells, G/NMC cells. Leclanché is in discussions with several parties in China to develop strategic partnerships in technology licensing, low-cost manufacturing. The certification was performed by China North Vehicle Quality Supervision Inspection Testing Centre, an independent test laboratory. (Source: Leclanché SA)
AeroVironment announced its selection by Volvo Cars as the developer for its global charging station. The company is developing a charger that aligns with the image of the XC90 and its line of plug-in hybrid vehicles. AeroVironment’s charging station design will incorporate global third-party safety agency certifications for each market including UL, CE and China CQC. (Source: AeroVironment)
Kokam has introduced the XPAND battery pack that features a ceramic separator and other battery pack thermal containment technologies to prevent thermal runaway propagation. The battery pack can achieve an energy density of up to 150 watt hours per kilogram (Wh/kg). The product will be offered in two versions (XMP71P, a 7.1 kilowatt hour (kWh) version, and XMP114E, a 11.4 kWh version) that are both scalable and able to support EV applications from 7.1 kWh up to 1.5MWh of capacity in a wide variety of voltages. (Source: Kokam)
Bentley has debuted its luxury EV, the EXP 12 Speed 6e. The company is also developing other electric models, including an electric version of the Bentayga in 2018. (Source: Business Insider)
The Ajman Municipality and Planning Department has launched an EV. The plan is to eventually supply parking monitors in the Emirate of Ajman with the vehicles. The municipality is planning to stimulate interest through the exemption of parking fees. (Source: Emirates 24/7)
Advanced Power Vehicles (Guadalajara-based) has unveiled a prototype electric bus (ebus). The vehicle is powered by a 250 kW lithium battery that provides a range of 60 kilometers (37 miles) and speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per-hour). During the test run the bus towed a trailer weighing between 25 and 30 tonnes – replicating real-life conditions of a bus full of passengers. (Source: Mexico Daily News)
IKEA announced plans to install three Blink® charging stations at its Columbus, Ohio store that is opening this summer. The initiative reflects the continued partnership between IKEA and Car Charging Group. There currently are EV charging units at 16 IKEA stores in the United States. (Source: Cleveland Patch)
GreenPower Motor announced it has entered into a sales contract to supply ten of its EV350 ebuses to the City of Porterville in California for deployment on all nine Porterville Transit routes. The contract includes 11 charging systems to be installed at the maintenance facility and transit center for a total purchase price of approximately $9 Million. The contract provides the City of Porterville an option to purchase an additional twenty buses with the same terms and conditions as the initial purchase. (Source: GreenPower)
Tata Power Delhi Distribution is planning to install 1,000 charging stations in the next four to five years in Delhi. The company will set up the charging stations in North and North-West Delhi and is already in discussions with Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for space. Tata Power-DDL is a JV between Tata Power and the government of Delhi with the majority stake being held by the power firm. (Source: Economic Times)
Executive Director’s Notes
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