September 16, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 38

NAATBatt Member News

Battery-Innovation-CenterBattery Innovation Center (BIC) and Lightening Motorcycles have issued an RFP for high energy lithium-ion batteries.  Lightening Motorcycles produces the world’s fastest production bike and is looking to produce a motorcycle that can make the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a single charge. For information about the RFP and to respond, see the details in the “Members Advertising and Announcement” section at the end of this newsletter below.  Responses are due on September 23.

DOE-OE_PeerReview_Logo-whtiStorage, the 2016 Peer Review Meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy/Office of Electricity’s energy storage program, will be held on September 25-28, 2016, at The Renaissance Hotel, DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C. More than 100 recipients of DOE funding will make presentations at the meeting. NAATBatt International has been selected by the DOE to facilitate the meeting.  Information about and registration for the iStorage meeting can be found by clicking here.  Hotel rooms may be limited, so please make your reservations soon.

Lead acid battery recyclingREGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the NAATBatt International Workshop on Advanced Battery Recycling to be held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.  The workshop will examine the recycling of high voltage advanced batteries used in automotive, industrial and ESS applications. A faculty of international experts, including the leading recycler of lithium-ion batteries in China, will discuss how China and the EU have chosen to regulate the disposition of high voltage advanced batteries at the end of their useful lives and the factors that might drive the implementation of a mandatory recycling regime in the United States. The economics and technologies for recycling advanced batteries will be discussed. To obtain more information about the workshop and to register, please click here.

2017 Annual Meeting Banner Logo (official)The NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference will be held on March 14-16, 2017 at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park (Phoenix), Arizona. The2017 annual program will include many of the features that have made past programs so popular: surveys of the advanced battery market, theadvanced battery innovation summit, analysis of M&A, venture and IP activity related toadvanced batteries, member update presentations, the golf and tennis tournament, and the best networking in the industry. Members and non-members are welcome. More details about the program will be available soon.

xalt-energy-logoXALT Energy today announced the cell supply contract for the two largest battery-powered ferries in the world with Plan B Energy Storage (PBES).
XALT Energy to Supply Cells for World’s Largest Electric Ferries


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

A 13 megawatt-hour (MWh) project that will contain 1,000 battery systems from 2nd generation smart fortwo electric vehicles (EVs) are being grouped into a battery storage unit in Lünen, Westphalia. The project consists of used batteries and represents a joint venture (JV) between Daimler AG, The Mobility House AG and GETEC. The output will be available to the winner of the weekly auctions among the network operators for primary controlling power range, with fully automatic energy storage and feed-in. (Source: Daimler)

Proterra has unveiled the Catalyst E2 series electric bus (ebus), named for its Efficient Energy (E2) storage capacity of 440 – 660 kWh. An E2 series vehicle has achieved a milestone at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds where it logged more than 600 miles on a single charge under test conditions. Its nominal range is 194 – 350 miles. (Source: Proterra)

Tesla Motors won a contract to provide a 20-megawatt (MW) energy storage system at a substation owned by Southern California Edison. The system will be able to hold enough electricity to power 2,500 homes. The a 20 MW/80 MWh Powerpack system will be located at the Mira Loma substation in Ontario, California. (Source: Tesla Motors)

A123 Systems announced an agreement with Argonne National Laboratory to collaborate on improving the cathode safety without compromising cell energy density or battery life. The two organizations will produce cathode materials for use in transportation applications that require substantial improvements in electric driving range. The 3-year, multi-million dollar agreement builds on A123’s existing NMC technology that already accounts for almost 50% of current production. (Source: A123 Systems)

XALT Energy announced a cell supply contract with Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) that will be used in two battery-powered ferries. Each of the two Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör ferries will have 4 16 MWh batteries to provide power for primary propulsion. INEA is supporting the project with 120 million SEK ($14.1 million). (Source: XALT Energy)

Talga Resources has signed a collaboration agreement with JenaBatteries GmbH to jointly explore use of  Talga’s graphene products in flow batteries. Under the Agreement, the company will formulate and supply graphene for testing in components producing JenaBatteries’ patented polymer flow battery. JenaBatteries is supported by Wirthwein AG. (Source: Talga Resources)

Chevrolet’s 2017 Bolt EV will on sale later this year. The vehicle’s EPA-estimated range is 238 miles with an expected MSRP below $37,500 before a federal tax credit of up to $7,500. The EV will arrive at select Chevrolet dealerships in late-2016. (Source: General Motors)

BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint announced completion of the Electric Vehicle Express Charging Corridors on the East and West Coasts. 95 public fast-charging stations have been installed along two stretches of highway in the United States. The DC fast chargers are compatible with all EVs with fast-charging capability, can recharge some EVs in less than 30 minutes. Drivers are able to find the stations through the ChargePoint mobile app or website. (Source: ChargePoint)

Five ebuses will begin operation in Tel Aviv next week. Another 17 are expected to be in operation by year-end. The Chariot E-Bus vehicles are being powered by supercapacitors. The Chariot E-Bus has already been running for two years in Sofia, Bulgaria, and also recently commenced operations in Serbia and Austria. (Source: The Jerusalem Post)

Wildcat Discovery Technologies announced it has been granted three patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its copper fluoride cathode called “CM4“. The company’s CM4 rechargeable copper fluoride conversion electrode material could provide almost 2x the energy of NMC//C based cells and 50% more energy than next generation Li-rich NMC//Si based cells. Wildcat also developed synergistic electrolyte formulations for CM4 that have enabled it to demonstrate >320 mAh/g (milliamp hour/gram) capacity and capacity retention for dozens of cycles at 4.6 volts. (Source: Wildcat Discoveries)

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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “The Case for Recycling High Voltage Advanced Batteries, in the NAATBatt blog. 

To view the blog, CLICK HERE  

Member Advertising and Announcements

Nuvation Engineering Company Snapshot

NuvationSince joining NAAT Batt last year, Nuvation has been collaborating with several battery manufacturers around integrating Nuvation BMS into their utility-scale energy storage systems. Something less well known in energy storage circles is that Nuvation Engineering is also an electronic design company that has completed over 800 projects over the past 19 years. Their customers include companies like Toyota, Siemens, AeroVironment, General Dynamics, and others.

We invite you to take a closer look at this very interesting company and the diverse projects their talented engineering teams work on year over year: Nuvation Engineering Projects Snapshot.


Request for Proposal:  Ultra-high Energy Density Battery for Performance Applications

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Lightning Motorcycles produces the world’s fastest production bike. It also happens to be allelectric. Lightning has consistently set new standards for performance in the all‐electric motorcycle segment. After setting the land speed record for all‐electric bikes at 218 mph, Lightning set records by beating all gas (+21 sec) and electric powered bikes (+2 min) at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2013. As the next challenge, Lightning will be the first all‐electric motorcycle to make a trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a single charge.

To make the trip, Lightning is partnering with the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) to issue this industry‐wide RFP for batteries with the highest energy density in development today. Lightning has selected BIC because of the BIC’s reputation as one of the key places in the world where advanced battery technologies are being developed and vetted by various startup and mature companies alike. BIC is a non‐profit labratory and consulting resource to the industry that has helped catalyze development of battery technology for companies across the U.S., such as Austin,Cambridge, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Chicago, and Boulder.

The key parameters needed to support the solution are:

  1. Energy density rating at the raw cell level above 300 Wh/kg.
  2. Supply of at least enough raw material to support two 12 kWh packs*.
    ‐ the packs will meet the following: 400 V max, 30‐75 A nominal (600 A pulse <15sec.)

Together, Lightning and BIC want to push the envelope of what is technically feasible to drive higher energy density solutions in the market by challenging limits in currently available solutions. Interested companies will submit their proposals according to this RFP, and the selected company will (1) supply their cell material to BIC; (2) have cells manufactured in a controlled cell manufacturing environment at BIC; (3) have Lightning and BIC work with them to integrate the cells into a module and pack solution; and (4) enjoy the benefit of the association with a record‐setting event publicized through the Lightning and BIC networks.

*consideration will be given to suppliers of material for 1 pack if two viable candidates are identified.

Scope and Timeline:
Lightning and BIC want to move as quickly as possible to identify the right partner for this project, and will rapidly work to manufacture the cells, integrate the modules, and execute the ride.

Proposal response deadline: September 23, 2016
Award announced: October 7, 2016
Raw material delivery to BIC: October 28, 2016
Cell manufacturing & testing concludes: November 30, 2016
Integration into bike complete: December 31, 2016
The Ride: February 28, 2017

Project Deliverables:

  1. Awardee will supply raw material or manufactured cells to BIC.
  2. BIC will perform cell manufacturing at‐cost and cell testing at no cost to Awardee.
  3. BIC will supply cell manufacturing parameters with Awardee at no cost to Awardee.
  4. Lightning will procure the cells from BIC to populate at least 1 bike, possibly 2 bikes.
  5. Lightning will perform integration of the cells into the final pack, including BMS.
  6. Lightning and BIC will supply all PR resources and other logistics for the ride.

Cost Share:
The Awardee will be expected to supply raw materials that can be converted into cells as their in‐kind contribution.

BIC will perform any necessary cell manufacturing and testing at‐cost, paid for by Lightning.  Any cost of integration and logistics will be covered by Lightning.

Evaluation Criteria:
The most important criteria for this program is the availability of the Awardee’s material that meets the technical parameters articulated above in sufficient quantities in the timeframe needed.

The broader technical parameters of multiple compliant proposals will be considered.


Call for Experts by the Bus Battery Committee of SAE International Ground Vehicle Councilproterra

The Bus Battery Committee of SAE International Ground Vehicle Council is conducting a membership drive.  The purpose of the Committee is to promulgate standards and best practices with respect to electric and hybrid electric bus drivetrains that can be used by transit agencies, bus manufacturers and regulators to ensure public safety and the cost-effective operation of electrified buses.  SAE International encourages all relevant stakeholders and experts to participate in this important process.  The Committee’s work is likely to affect significantly the design and procurement of electrified buses over the next decade.  For information, please contact Pat Ebejer of SAE International.

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