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.  35 NAATBatt member companies delivered Member Update Presentations at the meeting and 19 companies gave flash presentations at the Energy Storage Innovation Summit (which is part of the annual meeting) about 20 different jury-selected emerging technologies.

The speakers and panels that made up the substantive portion of the program were uniformly outstanding.  Presentations covered a wide range of issues that are important to and thought provoking for anyone working at a high level in the advanced battery industry.  Most noteworthy were the talks given by Claire Curry of Bloomberg New Energy Finance about the size, character and probable trajectory of the behind-the-meter energy storage market in the United States and worldwide and by Michael Kleinberg of DNV GL about manufacturer and developer performance warranties on stationary energy storage systems.  Ms. Curry’s and Mr. Kleinberg’s presentations both included a host of never before published data.  Several delegates mentioned that these were some of the best and most informative presentations they had ever heard at any industry conference.

I cannot accurately review the NAATBatt 2016 meeting without mentioning the extraordinary setting.  The meeting took full advantage of the stunningly beautiful venue of the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa.  The outside lunches, poolside dinner and luxurious grounds of the resort set exactly the tone we were hoping to create in order to facilitate the best business networking event in the advanced battery industry. Participants in last Monday’s Advanced Battery Golf and Tennis tournament are already planning for next year’s competitions, though how we can possibly top the picture-perfect setting and conditions of the Indian Wells Golf Resort I don’t really know.

A special thanks to our new Director of Meetings, Paula Szyper, and her colleague, Jonathan Bolton, for their outstanding job in organizing the meeting.  Paula is a true meetings professional and I can already tell that the quality of NAATBatt programs going forward is going to be in a whole different league.  Thanks also to NAATBatt CFO Sandy Kane and Head of Communications Michael Lew for their outstanding work and support of the program.  Our President, Davion Hill, and our incoming President, Bob Galyen, each did masterful jobs of running the meeting and ensuring that the program went off without a hitch.

It is clear to me that in organizing the NAATBatt 2016 Annual Meeting the way we have, NAATBatt has hit on a formula for programs that is unique, highly enjoyable and very much needed in the advanced battery industry.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s meeting such a success.  I look forward to seeing you all again in 2017.