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Advanced Battery Weekly – November 6th Issue

Utilization rate is the key metric for tesla and other battery manufacturers

Earlier this week I delivered a talk at the EMCMR-3 conference in Marrakech about what a country such as Morocco could do in order to become a regional center for advanced battery manufacturing.  My thesis was that Morocco has a relationship to the EU auto market that is in many ways similar to the relationship […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – October 30th Issue

New battery energy storage caucus challenges the industry to decide what it wants to do

Last Tuesday, U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (R-NY), and Mark Takano (D-CA) announced the launch of the Battery Energy Storage Caucus in the U.S. Congress.  The mission of the caucus is to advance the understanding of how energy storage systems are enabling American businesses and homeowners to better access reliable, affordable, and sustainable electric power.  Reps. […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – October 23rd Issue

Dyson-Sakti3 deal provides a window on the emerging battery technology world

News this week in the advanced battery industry has centered on Dyson Ltd.’s purchase of Sakti3 for $90 million.  Sakti3, led by University of Michigan professor Ann Marie Sastry, is developing solid-state battery technology.  Sakti3 has been a company that has long generated great hope and occasionally great skepticism.  Originally backed by Khosla Ventures, the […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – October 16th Issue

NaatBatt announces the formation of the GO Foundation in Montreal

This past week I had the pleasure of attending the Graphene Canada conference in Montreal where NAATBatt International, in conjunction with NAATBatt member, Grafoid, and Phantoms Foundation of Madrid, Spain, announced the formation of the GO Foundation.  The GO Foundation (GO stands for Graphene Organization) is a Canadian not-for-profit association charged with accelerating the commercialization […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – October 9th Issue

Registration is now open for the 2016 Annual Meeting

The NAATBatt Annual Meeting is the highlight of the year at NAATBatt, accounting probably for a majority of our budget and staff time each year, and certainly for a majority of the Executive Director’s worries and headaches.  With the meeting now just four months away, planning activity is starting in earnest.  The best evidence of […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – October 2nd Issue

BIC visit shaping up to be a great program

On November 12, 2015, NAATBatt International will hold its next Members Site Visit meeting at Battery Innovation Center (BIC) in Newberry, Indiana.  A few people asked me when I initially told them about the meeting whether I really expected anyone to travel to a remote area of Southern Indiana to see a battery testing laboratory.  […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – September 25th Issue

A busy week at NAATBatt

Things at NAATBatt International are always pretty busy.  But this past week has seen series of developments within the organization, each of which could warrant its own Executive Director’s notes column.  Consistent with the way this week has gone, I will try to squeeze them all in here.

New Director of Meetings

I am pleased to welcome […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – September 18th Issue

Rethinking ESS certification: Is there a better way?

This past week, I spoke at The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan on the subject of electricity stationary storage (ESS) safety.  One of the panels on which I participated discussed the development of testing and certification procedures for ESS systems.  My fellow panelists were Serena Lee of ConEdison, Ibrahim Jilani of UL LLC and Dan […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – September 11th Issue

New grounds for optimism about electric vehicle sales

 

Earlier today, the price of crude oil on the NYMEX closed below $45 per barrel, about half of its price one year ago.  The Wall Street Journal reports that unidentified sources within OPEC predict that the price of oil will remain in the $40 to $50 price range at least through the end of 2015.  […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – September 4th Issue

New PatentEdge™ report shows push by ford on battery modules

NAATBatt International members will find this week on the NAATBatt website a new ABC PatentEdgeTM report detailing trends in patent applications and patent issuances in advanced battery and capacitor technology.  The current report, specifying activity in the second quarter of 2015, provides a summary of exactly who has been applying for patents in precisely what […]

Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge Q2 2015 Update

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 – August 28st Issue

The DOE’s loan program office needs to help manufacturers and consumers, not large financial institutions

On March 6 of this year I wrote in this column about the need for the Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office (LPO) to assist distributed energy projects, including distributed energy storage projects, rather than dedicate all its financial resources to energy megaprojects.  NAATBatt International proposed that the LPO do this by guarantying the performance […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – August 21st Issue

Annual meeting program beginning to take shape

This week the planning committee for the NAATBatt 2016 Annual Meeting met and began the process of planning the meeting program. Based on the committee’s initial discussion, the program is going to be outstanding.

Among the topics that the meeting will cover is improvements in the manufacturing of lithium-ion battery cells, with particular focus on changing […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – August 14th Issue

Capital markets may be becoming more advanced battery friendly

This week Stem announced that it raised an additional $45 million in venture capital with $33 million apparently provided by the German power company, RWE Group.  Stem’s ability to raise $45 million is a credit to the company, its management team and its business model.  But it is possible that there is more to this […]

The mystery of the missing battery market

Last month I had the pleasure of speaking to a conference sponsored by NAATBatt member GCube Insurance Services about the growth for electricity storage on the grid.  As part of my presentation, I displayed a slide, originally authored by Navigant Consulting, which is my favorite slide about the advanced battery industry.

The slide describes the projected […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – August 7th Issue

XALT Energy puts on a great show

This week saw the most recent Members Site Visit meeting at XALT Energy in Midland, Michigan. More than 50 NAATBatt International members had the opportunity to tour one of the few lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing facilities in the United States. The XALT facility was amazing. It is a state-of-the-art plant that is so clean and […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – July 31st Issue

Mckinsey blog highlights the speed of change in energy technology

Earlier this week McKinsey & Company, one of the world’s foremost consulting firms, posted an interesting blog reviewing a number of predictions it made about disruptive energy technologies in 2007 and making a few more predictions.

According to McKinsey, it mostly got the technology trends in energy right in 2007, but failed to anticipate how quickly [...]

Advanced Battery Weekly – July 24th Issue

U.S. Solar-Plus-Storage Market

By Ravi Manghani, Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, GTM Research

Optimistic storage market projections depend on the price of natural gas

Intersolar North America, including ees™, its new dedicated program on energy storage, concluded this week at Moscone Center West in San Francisco. NAATBatt, as part of its growing partnership with the Intersolar family of international renewable energy conferences, participated heavily in the ees program and produced two workshops, one on storage safety, one on […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – July 17th Issue

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For the July 10th issue of NAATBatt’s Advanced Battery Weekly, we highlight recent sector activities.

The NAATBatt. U.S. and Asia Indices were down 1.7% w/w, 1.2% w/w and 3.7% w/w, respectively. The S&P 500 and Russell Indices were both relatively flat w/w.

Executive Director James Greenberger invites developers and installers of solar systems to attend the NAATBatt-Intersolar […]

NAATBATT-Intersolar Workshop will focus on battery safety

I hope that you can join us next Tuesday morning in San Francisco for the NAATBatt-Intersolar workshop on inside-the-meter battery safety.  The workshop is designed to educate developers and installers of solar systems about the possible safety risks associated with adding a storage component to PV systems and how regulators and other installers are mitigating […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – July 10th Issue

NAATBATT-Intersolar Workshop aims to bring coherence to solar-storage policy

On Tuesday, July 14, NAATBatt International will produce two workshops on important topics in energy storage at the Intersolar North America trade show in San Francisco. Intersolar North America is the most attended trade show in North America catering to the solar industry. NAATBatt’s workshops give solar developers and integrators, who may have only a […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – July 3rd Issue

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Advanced Battery Weekly – June 26th Issue

NAATBatt Launches New Website

I am delighted to announce that earlier today NAATBatt International launched its new website. A special thanks to Jonathan Levine and his colleagues at Workbench Digital for their outstanding efforts in helping with this major facelift of NAATBatt’s online presence.

The new website is far more than a facelift, however. The new site includes the logos […]

Advanced Battery Weekly – June 19th Issue

Gridtential: Silicon Joule Technology advances the lead-acid battery into the 21st Century

By Christiaan Beekhuis, CEO, Gridtential Energy, Inc.

Laudato Si: The Moral Case for Energy Efficiency

Yesterday Pope Francis issued a sweeping new encyclical on the environment entitled “Laudato Si”.  The encyclical runs 184-pages and covers a range of issues.  Most noteworthy is its endorsement of the proposition that climate change is real and caused primarily by human activity.  The encyclical notes that the worst impact of climate change will probably […]

Residential Energy Storage Could Play a Key Role in Shaping National Energy Policy

This past week I attended the Intersolar Europe conference in Munich, Germany.  The exhibit hall at the conference included a large space devoted to energy storage and battery technology.  The number of exhibitors and quality of the exhibits surpassed anything I have seen at a storage programs in the United States.

The most interesting aspect of […]

ABC PatentEdge™ Report Delivers Important Information to NAATBatt Members

Two years ago a group of NAATBatt member companies undertook an interesting project. Working with IP Checkups, a Berkeley, California-based consulting firm that specializes in patent-based market intelligence, the NAATBatt members categorized advanced battery technology and markets into a number of segments corresponding to general areas of relevance to industry.

Using the categories provided by NAATBatt, […]

NAATBatt Intersolar Workshop to Examine Safety and Policy Questions About Solar-Storage Technology

This coming July, NAATBatt International will team up again with Intersolar North America to produce two workshops on issues important to the storage industry:  inside-the-meter battery safety and policy drivers for the solar-storage market.  Intersolar North America, which this year will include a special ees track on storage, will run from July 13-16, 2015.  The […]

XALT Energy to Host Next Members Site Visit Meeting

NAATBatt International is pleased to announce that XALT Energy will host the next in our series of Members’ Site Visit Meetings at its headquarters in Midland, Michigan on Thursday, July 30, 2015.  Click here for more details about the meeting.

XALT Energy emerged from the former Dow Kokam and is today one of the leading manufacturers […]

NAATBatt 2016 Annual Meeting Details Announced

I am pleased to announce that the 2016 NAATBatt Annual Meeting & Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells in Indian Wells, CA on February 29-March 3, 2016.  The Hyatt Regency is a four star resort in one of the most attractive communities in the Palm Springs, CA area.  You will not […]

New NAATBatt Website Will Feature Member Conference Presentations

Over the next months, NAATBatt will be rolling out a new and improved website.  We intend this website to be a valuable resource for our members and for the general public looking for information about advanced battery and ultracapacitor technology and related products.

One of the features we will be introducing on the web site is […]

Deepwater Horizon and the Frontiers of Advanced Battery Technology

Five years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico suffered a major blow out. Eleven workers died in the accident and 11 others were injured. Oil and gas gushed out for months from the broken pipe at the floor of the sea. Over 600 miles of the coastline was affected. […]

Can Home Energy Storage be “Cool”?

There were more rumblings this week from Tesla Motors about a pending announcement of a launch of a home energy storage product.  The rumblings continue to generate counter-rumblings from skeptics, who point out, perhaps not without some justification, that even in light of the falling cost of lithium-ion batteries (recently pegged at about 14 percent […]

NAATBatt to Pursue Pre-Competitive Research

NAATBatt International President Davion Hill and I recently had a long talk about what we can do to make NAATBatt more relevant and more valuable to its members.  One of the ideas we discussed was the possibility of having NAATBatt organize and administer a pre-competitive research fund for the benefit of its members.  The concept […]

Net Metering vs. Self-Generation for Solar PV

Earlier this week, NAATBatt member Tucson Electric Power (TEP) announced a change in its net metering program, whereby TEP will compensate new solar PV customers for net metered electricity at the same rate that TEP pays for power from large solar arrays, rather than at the higher retail electricity rate. It is expected that the […]

New Executive Order May Open An Important Market for Energy Storage

On March 19, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order aimed at maintaining Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions. The new Executive Order creates significant new purchasing requirements for Federal agencies. These new requirements are something that NAATBatt has long advocated.

While other organizations have devoted significant resources to advocating legislative initiatives in […]

The Race for the Super-Battery

This past week I attended a presentation and book signing by Steve Levine, who was promoting his new book, The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World.  Steve Levine was joined in the presentation by Jeff Chamberlain, Deputy Director of Development & Demonstration for the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).

The […]

Lithium-Ion Safety Regulations Should Focus on System Safety, Not Bans

Earlier this month, United Airlines became the second major airline to announce that it will no longer carry bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries. Delta Airlines stopped bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries in February. The announcements followed fatal fires on two Boeing 747 cargo planes that may have been caused by lithium-ion batteries and a series […]

The Thin Film Battery Revolution Panel

Moderated by Anand Kamannavar

Section 1703 Guarantees Should Focus on Battery Performance Warranty Obligations

Last July, NAATBatt International hosted a webinar on the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, authorized under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Under the program, the DOE can make up to $4 billion of loan guarantees available to developers of projects that, among other things, use new […]

Department of Energy: Fireside Chat – The Future of Lithium Batteries

By Stan Whittingham, Mike Thackeray and Khal Amine

Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge Q1 2014 Update

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 & Capacitor PatentEdge Q4 2013 Update

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 & Capacitor PatentEdge Q3 2013 Update

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+) containing […]