April 7, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 14
NAATBatt Member News
Register now for the Workshop on xEV Battery Repurposing and Reuse on May 11, 2017 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 opportunity. 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 here for more information about the program.
The next meeting of the NAATBatt Battery Recycling Committee will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday, April 12, on the morning following the Workshop on Repurposing and Reusing xEV Batteries. More information about the meeting will be provided shortly.
NAATBatt has renewed it relationship with Solar Promotions and will include both Intersolar/ees Europe and Intersolar/ees North America in NAATBatt’s 2017 Sponsored Conference Program. At Sponsored Conferences, NAATBatt members can use the NAATBatt booth to distribute literature and printed information about members’ own products and services. This is a free benefit offered to all member firms. Members also have the opportunity to co-sponsor the NAATBatt booth for an additional charge. Co-sponsoring members can help man the booth and display signs and exhibits. It’s a great way to “try out” a trade show and determine its return on investment.
Intersolar/ees Europe runs May 31 – June 2 in Munich, Germany. The show features some of the leading solar equipment and energy storage equipment providers in Europe. Information about the Intersolar/ees Europe show can be seen by clicking here.
Intersolar/ees North America runs July 11-13 in the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, California. Co-located with Semicon, the show is the largest trade show each year in San Francisco. This year will mark NAATBatt’s fourth year supporting the show. Information about Intersolar/ees North America can be seen by clicking here. Speaking opportunities for NAATBatt member firms at the North American show are still available. Contact Jim Greenberger for details.
NAATBatt will have a booth at both Intersolar/ees shows. Co-exhibitor opportunities are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Contact Jim Greenberger for details.
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
CATL: CATL Leading Chinese battery manufacturer expanding in Europe For press release, Click Here
CATL: CATL Presents its industry-leading products at The Battery Show Europe For press release, Click Here
Grafoid: Grafoid Strengthens its Graphene Commercialization Capabilities – Announces the Appointment of Norm Major, a Former Director of Engineering at Cisco Systems Inc., as Chief Technology Officer For press release, Click Here
Grafoid: Grafoid Appoints Plasma Physicist Dr. Florina Truica-Marasescu as Director of Technology For its Graphene Coatings Division – Grafcoat Inc. For press release, Click Here
AeroVironment: AeroVironmnet Expands PosiCharge ProCore™ Charger Safety Capabilities with Advanced ConnectRx™ For press release, Click Here
See Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter for announcements from DNV GL and Argonne National Lab.
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
Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) is expanding into Europe by opening facilities in Germany (Berlin and Munich). The company already has a relationship with BMW, which is using its lithium ion (li-ion) battery technology in its X1 xDrive25Le model. CATL was recently named a supplier to PSA (France-based) as a partner for its future DS7 Crossback hybrid due to come out in 2019. (Source: CATL)
Ford Motor is planning to have 70% of its brand vehicles sold in China to be electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025. The company is planning to launch the Mondeo Energi plug-in hybrid car in China in 2018 and a fully electric sport-utility vehicle in the next five years. The automaker produces cars in China through a joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile. (Source: Ford Motor)
BYD has opened an EV factory in Hungary that can produce 400 vehicles annually, mainly electric buses (ebuses). The company has decided to invest another 10 million euros ($10.6 million) to open a second European plant in France for ebuses. That factory, which is targeted to begin operations in 1H18 will roll out 200 vehicles a year. (Source: Nikkei Asia Review)
LG Chem announced it will invest 1 trillion won ($895 million) in battery research and development (R&D) this year with the goal of raising 8.5 trillion won ($7.6 billion) in sales of new products. The company will continue ramping up the R&D investment with a goal of reaching 1.4 trillion ($1.3 billion) won by 2020. LG Chem supplies EV batteries for about 30 automakers including GM, Renault, Volvo and Audi. (Source The Korea Herald)
Dyson has cancelled a $200,000 (£160,000)-a-year license fee that it was paying for three Satki3 patents in an effort to create a battery and EV business. The company currently owns 94 Sakti3 patents and patents pending protecting those developments. Dyson acquired Sakti3 (spun out of the University of Michigan) in 2015 for $90 million. (Source: International Business Times)
AeroVironment has launched a patent-pending advanced version of its ConnectRx™ for its PosiCharge ProCoreTM line of electric forklift chargers for the materials handling industry. The product immediately alerts users to possible charger and battery output problems that could potentially result in damage to the forklifts or facilities and injuries to employees. ConnectRx will be available this Spring. (Source: AeroVironment)
Kwaithong Motor is planning to enter the EV market with the launch of its first ebus, to be assembled locally. The company displayed its first prototype under the Kwaithong brand, which was imported from China. It has also signed a 3-billion baht ($86.8 Million) contract to sell 200 ebuses to Wangsakankij, a local suburban transit operator. The prototype vehicle uses technology from the U.S. and China that enables it to charge in 15 minutes for a 50-kilometre drive (31miles). (Source: Bangkok Post)
Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd (PGCIL) is considering setting up charging stations. The power transmission utility is exploring energy storage solutions that would help with grid stability. PGCIL is assessing advanced lead acid, li-ion and flow batteries as potential solutions. (Source: Live Mint)
A123 Systems is planning to spend $40 million to build a new headquarters complex in Novi, Michigan. The company will also consolidate U.S. manufacturing operations into a smaller site on the new campus. The Romulus plant has a production capacity of 4 million cells, but is producing fewer than 1 million annually. A123 expects to begin construction in 3Q17. (Source: Crain’s Detroit Business)
Electrovaya announced it has received its first purchase order for $634,000 for its line of li-ion ceramic forklift battery systems for a U.S. Fortune 100 global snacking company. The batteries will be used in Class I and Class II forklifts and be installed at a single distribution center as a ‘drop-in battery’ in the fork-lift trucks. Prior to the order, the demonstration batteries were tested for over 5 months. (Source: Electrovaya)
Executive Director’s Notes
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