March 3, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 9


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. Meets with Senior United States Senator Richard C. Shelby     For press release: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-2199836.htm

redflow_logo2011_rgb_b01Redflow:  Former Santos CEO joins Redflow board     For press release:  http://www.impress.com.au/newsroom/redflow/2089-former-santos-ceo-joins-redflow-board.html

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 Member:

EncellNAATBatt International is please to welcome Encell Technology, Inc. as NAATBatt’s newest Silver Member. Encell is a US-based manufacturer of advanced nickel iron batteries, featuring Fused Iron™ technology, for scalable stationary energy storage applications such as microgrids, utility scale renewable energy production, and behind-the-meter projects. The Fused Iron™ Battery was created to address more sophisticated and demanding power needs, especially the specifications required for major micro grid energy storage applications, off-grid energy storage needs, capital deferment projects, and telecom. By applying 21st century technology to Thomas Edison’s original, long lived and high cycling nickel iron battery, Encell has created to world’s most durable and longest cycling battery. For more information about Encell and its products, go to: http://encell.com/


Advanced Battery Industry News

NEVS has signed a strategic framework agreement with Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) to secure a battery supply for NEVS 9-3 EV in the Chinese market. The company has received a total order for 250,000 EVs from Panda New Energy (an EV leasing company) based in Beijing. 150,000 NEVS 9-3 EV are scheduled to roll out from NEVS JV plant in Tianjin in 2018.  Through NEVS 50% owned factory in Fujian, the first patch of 100,000 electric commercial vehicles have started to be delivered.  (Source: Saab Planet)

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has unveiled a 30 megawatt (MW) lithium ion (li-ion) energy storage facility capable of storing up to 120 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy — the energy equivalent of serving 20,000 customers for four hours. The 400,000 batteries, similar to those in electric vehicles (EVs), were installed in nearly 20,000 modules and placed in 24 containers.  In addition to the 30 MW facility built in Escondido, California, a smaller 7.5 MW installation was built in El Cajon.  (Source: SDG&E)

Volt Resources has signed a binding off-take agreement with NanoGraphene (NGI) for 5,000 tonnes of graphite concentrate over a 5-year period, commencing in 1Q18. NGI will begin graphene production in the U.S. later in the year. The graphene produced will be sold to NGI’s U.S. and European clients across a range of sectors comprising li-ion batteries, composites and other hi-tech applications.  (Source: Volt Resources)

Maxwell Technologies has entered into an agreement where it proposes to acquire substantially all of the assets and business of Nesscap. The company will purchase the operating entities of Nesscap for a total purchase price of $23.2 million, or about 1.1x annualized revenue based on Nesscap’s 9-month revenue ended September 30, 2016.  It is expected that the arrangement will be completed by 2Q17.  (Source: Maxwell Technologies)

ABB announced the commissioning of an urban energy storage system in Denmark. The li-ion based battery energy storage system will be integrated with the local electricity grid in the new harbour district of Nordhavn, Copenhagen. The system has been commissioned for Radius, DONG Energy’s electrical grid division.  (Source: ABB)

Beijing is planning to gradually replace its petrol-powered taxis with new energy vehicles this year. The city has about 71,000 taxis in total, out of which 67,000 are conventionally powered. It is estimated the market size would reach 9 billion yuan (about $1.3 million) if all the taxis in Beijing were replaced by electric or natural-gas-powered vehicles.  (Source China.org)

Alevo is planning to invest $251 million at its production operations in Concord, North Carolina. The Concord location is the company’s first U.S. manufacturing site where the rechargeable GridBank™ li-ion battery storage system is made.  (Source: Alevo)

Goldstone Infratech has won an order to supply 25 pure electric buses (ebuses) to Himachal Road Transport that will be deployed in the hilly tracts of the Manali-Rohtang-Manali section. The order is valued at Rs. 47.75 crore ($7.1 million) and excludes annual maintenance costs. The company has also won an order to supply ebuses to the Brihan Mumbai Electric Supply and Transport.  (Source: Hindu Business Line)

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is planning to increase the number of charging stations across the emirate to 20. In addition to Abu Dhabi’s 12, Dubai has 68 and there are five charging stations in Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The UAE has at least 85 charging stations. In Dubai, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority will be in charge of every station, with public charging areas priced at 29 fils (~$7.90) per Wh.                      (Source: The National)

Scientists at the Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi have developed the first indigenous li-ion battery in India. This could make the country self reliant in li-ion battery manufacturing.  The country imports between 8 to 10 million batteries from Japan, China and South Korea per month at a cost of about Rs 200 ($3) per cell.  (Source: Deccan Chronicle)

Scientists at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed all-solid-state battery cells. The researchers have demonstrated the low-cost all-solid-state battery cells have at least 3x more energy density than li-ion batteries. Instead of liquid electrolytes, the battery uses glass electrolytes that enable the use of an alkali-metal anode. The glass electrolytes allowed the scientists to plate and strip alkali metals on both the cathode and the anode side without dendrites. The use of an alkali-metal anode (lithium, sodium or potassium) increases the energy density of a cathode and delivers a long cycle life. In experiments, the researchers’ cells have demonstrated more than 1,200 cycles with low cell resistance.  (Source: University of Texas)

A self-driving bus could be in operation in several U.S. cities within months. The “Olli” ebus could begin operation on university campuses in Las Vegas and Miami later this year.  It has already been tested in Maryland. The ebuses likely to enter service initially in closed locations such as on campuses and at airports.  (Source: Telegraph

 


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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. 

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