About admin

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far admin has created 144 blog entries.

Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge Report Annual Report 2016

What is Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge™?
ABC PatentEdge is the only competitive patent intelligence solution specifically designed for the Advanced Battery market. The Advanced Battery PatentEdge contains six high-level battery technology categories, developed by IP Checkups patent search experts and battery technology experts. Within these six categories, there are numerous advanced battery technology-related sub-categories (200+) […]

Venture and capital markets activity in advanced batteries picks up in 2q 2016

After a slow start to 2016, venture investment and merger and acquisition activity in the advanced battery market picked up significantly in the second quarter of 2016.  This new activity underscores the growing interest of the capital markets in advanced battery and energy storage technologies and the increasing proximity of several major, new advanced battery […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – July 22nd Issue

Advanced Battery Weekly – July 15th Issue

NAATBatt to sponsor an initiative for the recycling of advanced batteries

This past week many NAATBatt members attended the Intersolar/ees North America conference in San Francisco.  Although the Intersolar/ees program (including the excellent and well-attended NAATBatt Solar-Storage Workshop, “Making Money with Storage Today”) focused on solar-storage issues, there was another issue that kept popping up in questions during the conference sessions and during the NAATBatt board […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – July 8th Issue

Lithium-ION’s growing dominance in the ESS market

Earlier this week Scientific American reported that AES Corp. has been awarded a contract to supply the world’s largest storage battery to Southern California Edison.  The battery, which will use lithium-ion chemistry, will be capable of holding and delivering over 100 megawatts of power an hour for four hours.  The battery will replace a traditional […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – July 1st Issue

Rising oil prices will help the xev market

Last week I wrote in this column about the improving outlook for the xEV market, notwithstanding disappoint sales numbers over the past few years.  I pointed primarily to the continued willingness of governments around the world to provide subsidies and impose mandates that favor xEV’s.  I also noted that steady improvements in battery technology have […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – June 24th Issue

Electric vehicle market looking better

The electric vehicle (EV) market is starting to look better after a disappointing start.  Growth in the EV market has been slower over the past few years than many would have expected.  Low gas prices and the failure of science to produce a hoped-for, and at one time generally expected, break-through in battery technology, have […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – June 17th Issue

Solar-storage workshops at intersolar north america

For the third year in a row, NAATBatt International in collaboration with other associations active in energy storage and battery technologies (this year CalCharge and the California Energy Storage Association) will present two advanced workshops on solar-storage technology at Intersolar/ees North America.  The workshops will be held in Moscone Center West on July 13, 2016.

The […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – June 10th Issue

Bus battery safety initiative kicks off

Last month SAE International, in collaboration with China Automotive Technology Research Center (CATARC), held the first meeting of the new Bus Battery Systems Committee.  The formation of the committee and the undertaking of its work, was recommended by NAATBatt International in response to growing concerns about the safety of large format lithium-ion batteries increasingly installed […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – June 3rd Issue

Sudden closing of Chinese battery market to foreign suppliers is grounds for concern


In late April, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced that that any xEVs applying for a Chinese government subsidy had to contain a battery manufactured by one of 25 Chinese-owned companies listed on MIIT’s “White List.”  The announcement, which effectively closes the fastest growing advanced vehicle market in the world to non-Chinese […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – May 27th Issue

Back to the Wigwam

I am pleased to announce that after a careful and extended site selection process, NAATBatt International will return to The Wigwam resort outside Phoenix, Arizona for its NAATBatt’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference.  The dates of the conference will be March 14-16, 2017, with the Advanced Battery Golf Tournament and tournament dinner held on Monday, […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – May 20th Issue

Advanced batteries get sexy again

Having spent a considerable part of my earlier career in corporate finance, I am always struck by the influence of fashion on the financial markets.  Industries and industrial sectors go in and out of fashion with the financial markets on a regular basis.  Sometimes there is a reason for the fashion (at least initially); sometimes […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – May 13th Issue

Naatbatt solar-storage workshops planned for Intersolar North America


As previously noted in this column, NAATBatt International has renewed its partnership with Solar Promotions GmbH for the third year running in connection with the Intersolar/ees North America conference this July in San Francisco.  NAATBatt International will serve as lead energy storage sponsor of the conference and will produce two special workshops on solar-storage technology […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – May 6th Issue

NAATBatt members visit a surprisingly active energy storage community in the pacific northwest

This week NAATBatt International held its most recent NAATBatt Members Site Visit meeting in Seattle, hosted by members 1Energy Systems and UniEnergy Technologies.  The meeting included visits to the Everett and Hardeson substations, where co-host Snohomish County PUD is deploying an energy storage resource to help it manage its distribution system.

The meeting started off with […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – April 29th Issue

Naatbatt selected to facilitate DOE energy storage peer review meeting

NAATBatt International is pleased to announce that it has been selected this week to facilitate and manage the 2016 peer review meeting of the energy storage program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.  The meeting will be held on September 25-28, 2016 at The Renaissance Hotel, DuPont Circle, […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – April 22nd Issue

Advanced Battery Weekly – April 15th Issue

The economic challenge of stationary energy storage

One of the benefits of being the Executive Director of NAATBatt is that it gives me frequent opportunity to speak and correspond with some of the brightest minds in the advanced battery industry and in advanced electrochemical energy storage technology.  Those conversations are rarely of earth-shaking importance.  But on more than rare occasion they reveal […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – April 8th Issue

New storage bill garners naatbatt’s input

Earlier this month, the office of Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17) reached out to NAATBatt International and asked for comments from its members on a bill that Congressman Honda hopes to introduce in Congress providing new support for stationary energy storage.  NAATBatt is pleased by Congressman Honda’s interest in stationary energy storage and delighted that Congressman […]

Focus Graphite: Performance of Lac Knife Flake Graphite

By Dr. Joe Doninger, Director of Manufacturing and Technology, Focus Graphite.

Advanced Battery Weekly – April 1st Issue

The valley of death investment gap

This week a committee of NAATBatt International members, acting at the request of Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17), reviewed a bill that Congressman Honda intends to introduce in Congress.  The bill proposes new investment tax credits for certain residential and commercial energy storage systems.  Next week in this newsletter, I will talk a little more about […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – March 25th Issue

NAATBatt announces next members site visit meeting


NAATBatt International is pleased to announce that the next in its series of Members Site Visit Meetings will be held in Seattle, WA on May 4-5, 2016.  The meeting will be co-hosted by 1Energy Systems and UniEnergy Technologies in cooperation with Snohomish County PUD.  To see the details of the event, click here to go […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – March 18th Issue

Naatbatt sets workshop programs for intersolar/ees north america

As previously reported in this newsletter, NAATBatt International recently renewed its relationship with Solar Promotions GmbH, organizer of the worldwide Intersolar and ees conferences focused primarily on the solar industry.  The Intersolar North America program, with which NAATBatt has cooperated for the past three years, is the most attended solar industry conference in North America.  […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – March 11th Issue

Autonomous vehicles will accelerate adoption of electric drive

The test of any good conference is whether you learn two new things from it and remember them a week later. For me, NAATBatt 2016 passed that test.  As is usually the case, what I learn and remember about a conference is not so much an individual presentation or eye-opening chart, but an offhand comment […]

Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge Report 4Q 2015

What is Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge™?
ABC PatentEdge is the only competitive patent intelligence solution specifically designed for the Advanced Battery market. The Advanced Battery PatentEdge contains six high-level battery technology categories, developed by IP Checkups patent search experts and battery technology experts. Within these six categories, there are numerous advanced battery technology-related sub-categories (200+) […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – March 4th Issue

NAATBatt 2016 concludes in indian wells

NAATBatt 2016 concluded on Thursday of this week in Indian Wells.  NAATBatt 2016 was the sixth annual meeting of NAATBatt International and was our best conference yet.

Total registrations this year were up by about 10% over 2015, this despite an unfortunate, direct conflict with two other major industry shows, the ARPA-E Summit and Batteries Japan.  […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – February 26th Issue

NAATBatt 2016 starts next week

The NAATBatt 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference starts next week in Indian Wells, California outside Palm Springs.  I always feel a bit nervous about NAATBatt conferences.  NAATBatt is really not a conference company.  When I look at what the professional conference organizers who run meetings such as The Battery Show, the ESA conferences, and Intersolar-ees […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – February 19th Issue

NAATBATT kicks off electric bus safety initiative

NAATBatt kicked off its electric bus safety initiative last Wednesday with the first telephonic meeting of the NAATBatt Electric Bus Safety Committee.  I would like to extend special thanks to committee co-chairs John Warner and Dave Roberts and to Ben Wrightwood for their organization of the call and for their exceptional, if somewhat frightening, description […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – February 12th Issue

Member Update Presentations at naatbatt 2016 will provide the best source of intelligence about the advanced battery industry and markets


NAATBatt 2016 starts in two weeks, kicking off with the Advanced Battery Golf & Tennis tournament on February 29, followed by three days of substantive programming.  Included in the programming is the Energy Storage Innovation Summit, featuring 20 jury-selected emerging energy storage technologies with the potential to change the marketplace and the presentation of the […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – February 5th Issue

Naatbatt kicks off electric bus safety initiative

Earlier this week President Obama announced a plan to invest $300 billion over the next 10 years in new transportation initiatives designed to reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion.  The plan will be funded by a $10 a barrel tax on oil.  Although the President’s plan envisions investments in technologies and infrastructure well beyond electrification, […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – January 29th Issue

2016 lifetime achievement awards to honor two industry pioneers

I am pleased and honored to announce that the winners of the 2016 NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award are Dr. Imre Gyuk of the U.S. Department of Energy and Prof. Detchko Pavlov of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems.

Each year, the Board of Directors of NAATBatt International recognizes individuals […]

Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge Report 3Q 2015

What is Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge™?
ABC PatentEdge is the only competitive patent intelligence solution specifically designed for the Advanced Battery market. The Advanced Battery PatentEdge contains six high-level battery technology categories, developed by IP Checkups patent search experts and battery technology experts. Within these six categories, there are numerous advanced battery technology-related sub-categories (200+) […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – January 22nd Issue

NAATBATT 2016 to celebrate past and present innovation in advanced energy storage technology

The organizational purpose of NAATBatt International is to support the commercialization of energy storage systems that will power the transformative technologies of the 21st Century. So we take very seriously the role of the NAATBatt annual meeting in helping to highlight and educate our members about new technologies related to energy storage that are likely […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – January 15th Issue

Electric & hybrid marine world expo highlights the growing role of batteries in maritime applications

This past week I attended the Electric Hybrid & Marine World Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as part of NAATBatt’s Sponsored Conference Program.  The concept behind that Sponsored Conference Program is that NAATBatt will attend trade shows that may be of general interest, but not necessarily high priority, to our members.  NAATBatt scouts out those […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – January 8th Issue

General Motors Launches EV 2.0

Last week in this column I suggested that 2016 is going to be an exciting year for energy storage technology.  My prediction was vindicated more quickly than I expected.

Earlier this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, General Motors unveiled the production version of the Chevrolet Bolt, a 200-mile-range all-electric car with a […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – January 1st Issue

2016 will be a happy new year

This will be the first of approximately 52 commentaries I will write this year about the business of electrochemical energy storage technology.  2015 was a good year for many businesses that commercialize that technology, despite substantial headwinds that could have led to a much different result.  Sales of electrified vehicles continued to advance modestly year […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – December 25th Issue

The curious market for residential storage

The market for residential energy storage has always been a bit curious.  Despite substantial enthusiasm for residential storage technology, generated in large part by Tesla Motors’ launch early this year of its Powerwall product, few experts claim to be able to get the economics of such systems to pencil out anywhere in the North American […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – December 18th Issue

Winter ends early

Earlier today, in an action that defied the expectations of many, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill following the passage yesterday of a $622 billion tax bill.  Both pieces of legislation included major provisions supporting the development of energy technology, both renewable and traditional.  After of years watching the U.S. Congress wallow in dysfunction, […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – December 11th Issue

NAATBatt 2016 Program will discuss battery manufacturing innovations and their impact on costs 

On this the last day of Early Bird registration for the NAATBatt 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference, I want to highlight some of the remarkable aspects of that upcoming program.  We tout the NAATBatt annual meetings as thought leadership programs, and that is a boast we try hard to live up to.  NAATBatt uses its […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – December 4th Issue

NHTSA workshop highlights concerns about stranded energy

This past week I attended a workshop organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and SAE International focusing on the issue of stranded energy in electric vehicles.  The workshop was organized by Phil Gorney of NHTSA and Bob Galyen of SAE International and took place at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago.

Stranded energy is […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – November 27th Issue

Giving thanks for cheap oil and xEV resilience

The week of Thanksgiving in the United States is traditional a time to recount the things for which we should give thanks.  From the standpoint of the world economy certainly close to the top of the thanks list this year should be the price of crude oil, which closed last Wednesday at $43.04 per barrel, […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – November 20th Issue

The internet of things offers new opportunities for battery makers

For much of its history, NAATBatt International has focused on large format batteries and supercapacitors designed to service applications in the automotive, stationary energy storage and industrial battery sectors.  That is where the growth in the battery industry was expected to be and where most public discussion of electrochemical energy storage technology has been centered.

But […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – November 13th Issue

Visit to BIC and NSA Crane Highlights Valuable New Resource for Battery Systems Manufacturers

The latest NAATBatt Members Site Visit meeting took place this week at the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) and NSA Crane Naval base in southern Indiana.  The meeting was a great success and illustrates one of the many ways that NAATBatt members get outstanding value from their membership.

NAATBatt members were shuttled by bus from their hotel […]