September 9, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 37

NAATBatt Member News

Battery Show 2016 logoNAATBatt International will host or co-host three committee meetings of interest to the advanced battery community during The Battery Show next week in Novi, Michigan.  All three meetings will be held in the Amethyst Room of the Suburban Collection Showcase, the same building as The Battery Show sessions.  All interested individuals are invited to attend these meetings and encouraged to become active in committee activities:

  • The Bus Battery Safety Committee of NAATBatt International and of SAE International’s Ground Vehicle Council will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, September 14, from 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. EDT  The meeting will discuss global efforts to develop standards and best practices to ensure public safety with respect to mass transit buses using electric or hybrid electric drive trains.  Representatives from the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) are participating in the commitees’ work and will join the meeting by telephone.  All stakeholders and interested parties are invited to attend.
  • The NAATBatt Advanced Battery Recycling Committee will hold a joint meeting with the SAE International Recycling Committee on Thursday, September 15 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT. The committee will discuss proposals to institute a special recycling regime in North America for high voltage lithium-ion batteries used in automotive, stationary energy storage and industrial applications.  All stakeholders and interested parties are invited to attend.  Although there is no cost to attend this committee meeting, prior registration is required.  For more information about the meeting and to register to attend, click here and follow the directions.
  • A meeting of NAATBatt International’s Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, September 15 from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. EDT.  Only officers and directors of NAATBatt International may attend this meeting.  Officers and directors will receive their board packets shortly as well as call-in information for persons who cannot attend the meeting in person.

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.

redflow_logo2011_rgb_b01The Redflow board has appointed Executive Chairman Simon Hackett as acting Chief Executive Officer while fellow board member Richard Aird was named acting Chief Operating Officer.
Redflow announces new CEO and COO

xalt-energy-logoXALT Energy has launched a revolutionary high-performance Lithium Titanium Oxide (LTO) cell that has achieved better cycle life performance over a wider range of operating conditions than any lithium ion cell ever built.
XALT Launches High-Performance Lithium Titanate Cell Technology

Battery Innovation Center (BIC) and Lightening Motorcycles have issued an RFP for high energy lithiuBattery-Innovation-Centerm-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.

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.

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 (CATL) is planning an initial public offering (IPO) to fund an expansion and build new factories. The company is forecasting as much as a 10x increase in sales to 100 billion yuan ($15 billion) by 2020. CATL had capacity of 2.4 gigawatt-hours (GWh) last year and plans to increase by 3x this year. The company has two plants in China and will start building a third factory soon. Its customers include BAIC Motor and Geely Automobile Holdings. CATL is preparing to build its first overseas plant in Europe to support customer BMW AG and will pursue business with U.S. carmakers. (Source: Bloomberg)

Volkswagen AG is assessing the feasibility of an electric vehicle (EV) joint venture (JV) with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile and could potentially add a third partner in China. The companies are evaluating the JV in which each owns 50%. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and are targeting to have a formal agreement within five months. (Source: Bloomberg)

The China finance ministry identified five EV manufacturers for scamming the government of about $150 million in subsidies during a probe into 90 major new-energy vehicle makers covering 401,000 vehicles. The 9-month investigation found instances where subsidies were claimed for unsold vehicles, automobiles left idle after companies received payouts and outright fabrication of sales and documentation. Gemsea Coach had its production license revoked and has been ordered to pay back all of its subsidies received last year. Chery Wanda Bus, Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors Group, Higer Bus and Shaolin Bus — were fined 50% of the amount of subsidies they received in addition to the clawback of financial aid. (Source: Bloomberg)

TDK is planning to open a lithium ion (li-ion) battery factory in Japan to provide products tailored for robots and medical equipment. The location and size of the factory have yet to be determined, but the company aims to begin operations in fiscal 2019. TDK’s subsidiary Amperex Technology mass produces li-ion batteries mainly for smartphones. (Source: Nikkei Asia Review)

Daimler AG is planning to sell Mercedes-Benz branded battery-powered cars in China. The company expects demand in the country to shift over time towards a “higher segment” of more expensive and capable EVs. Daimler currently one EV in China under its smart brand and one under the Denza brand it operates with BYD. (Source: Reuters)

Sichuan Tianqi Lithium Industries is planning to construct a lithium hydroxide plant in Kwinana with a goal of opening within two years. The $400 million plant will produce about 24,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide a year, destined for the Chinese battery market. It will be fed by about 161,000 tonnes of lithium concentrate trucked from Greenbushes that is 51% owned by Tianqi (49% by Albermarle). Greenbushes already supplies about 30% of the global lithium market. (Source: The West Australian)

The Alberta Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and BYD have signed an MOU to cooperate on the research, development, and commercialization of autonomous vehicle technologies. The MOU could lead to high-technology manufacturing opportunities in Alberta. The collaboration is valued at more than $6 million over two years. (Source: Prime Minister of Canada)

The Single Seat SOLO EV

Electra Meccanica Vehicles has unveiled its 2017 SOLO EV . The one-person commuter vehicle is powered by a 16.1 kWh lithium ion battery and has a 160 km (100 mile) range. The SOLO will be available for delivery in 2017. (Source: Electra Meccanica)


The Sion EV

Sono Motors (Germany-based) has finished a crowdfunding campaign to take its Sion EV prototype to the next step. The vehicle could go into production in 2018. The Sion includes a self-charging aspect and has solar cells integrated into its body that could be capable of delivering a charge to the vehicle’s battery that can power it up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) daily. (Source: Autoblog)

The first of the new fleet of Chinese-built BYD buses was brought into service in London for commuter bus routes 507 and 521 as the diesel fleet is phased out. The 51 buses – built and maintained in a £19 million deal – form the single largest fleet of full size electric buses in Europe. They will be operated by Go-Ahead London General on route 507 which links Waterloo Station with Victoria and route 521 which runs from Waterloo to London Bridge Station via Holborn. The new buses are also the first on the TfL network to feature at-seat USB sockets for passengers to charge their mobile phones. (Source: London SE1)

NEC Energy Solutions has introduced the DSS™ distributed energy storage platform. The system is scalable from 85kWh (kilowatt-hour) to 510kWh of energy storage capacity and offers from 30kW up to 650kW of power capability. The DSS platform will feature the company’s AEROS® controls software package that enables the platform to perform a wide variety of applications such as switching from cost savings by demand charge management to revenue earning by providing system services. (Source: NEC)

Axion Power International announced the release of its residential energy storage system based on its Axion’s PbC® Batteries. Power levels are available between four and eight kW and can be expanded by paralleling multiple inverters. Each system comes with a 5-year full and 5-year prorated battery warranty and is designed for more than 10 years of use. (Source: Axion Power)


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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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