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NAATBatt 2019, the 10th Annual Meeting of NAATBatt International, will be held on March 11-14, 2019, at The Wigwam resort outside Phoenix, Arizona. The advancedbattery industry has seen huge changes over the past 10 years. NAATBatt 2019 provides an unparalleled assessment of where the industry and the technology ofadvanced battery systems are today, and explores new markets and new opportunities for advanced batterytechnology in the future. As always, the NAATBatt annual meeting is the best battery industry networking and market intelligence program each year in North America. For more information and to register, go to:   

Member Update Presentation speaking time slots have been assigned for NAATBatt 2019. At NAATBatt annual meetings, every NAATBatt member has the opportunity to make a short presentation about what it does and what its most exciting products and services during the coming year will be. More than 50 companies have signed up to make presentations. This is the best market intelligence you will get anywhere about who is doing what in the North American advanced battery industry. To see all the presenting companies and the times they are speaking, click here and scroll through the agenda.


The NAATBatt Annual Members Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., Arizona time, in the Pina/Pueblo Ballroom of The Wigwam hotel, 300 Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park, AZ.  The business to be conducted at the meeting will be to elect the members of the Board of Directors of NAATBatt International, who will serve until the NAATBatt 2020 annual meeting. Nominations for the three (3) board positions to be filled by Gold Members and the one (1) board position to be filled by Silver Members must be e-mailed to Jim Greenberger by no later than Wednesday, February 27.
Industry Committee Meetings.  NAATBatt International will host several battery industry committee meetings prior to the start of the NAATBatt 2019 conference.   Industry committees are open to all persons working in the industry.  You do not have to attend NAATBatt 2019 to participate in a committee meeting.  Committee meetings will be held in the Palo Verde Ballroom of The Wigwam resort, Litchfield Park, AZ, on Tuesday, March 12 (all times are Arizona time):
SAE Battery Standards Steering Committee  –     8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Zinc Battery Committee                                    –     9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Advanced Battery Recycling Committee        –    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Meeting agendas and call in information for any of the meetings may be obtained from Jim Greenberger, Executive Director of NAATBatt International.
Please check-out the NAATBatt Job Board on the NAAT
Batt website. See:  The Job Board is intended as a service to NAATBatt members. Members are invited to post listings for open management and professional positions at their companies. The soon-to-be-updated NAATBatt website is a frequent point of reference for persons looking for information about careers in the advanced battery industry and supply chain. The NAATBatt Job Board is a great way for members to get the word out about open positions. Contact Jim Greenberger for information about how to post position openings. There is no charge for this service for NAATBatt member firms.

SAVE THE DATE.  NAATBatt 2020, the 11th Annual Meeting of NAATBatt International, will be held in Pasadena, California on February 10-13, 2020. The meeting will be held in the historic Langham Huntington Pasadena hotel and will set a new standard for meeting amenities and networking opportunities for senior executives in the North American battery industry. NAATBatt has decided to move its 2020 meeting and conference from March to February in order to avoid the exceedingly busy month of March on the battery conference circuit.  Please save the date.  More information about NAATBatt 2020 will be coming  soon.

NAATBatt Member Press Releases and Events
Sandia National Labs: The 2019 Energy Storage Systems Safety & Reliability Forum (March 6-8, 2019)
The forum will provide a platform for discussing the current state of ESS safety and reliability (ESS-SR) and mitigation strategies for improving cell to system level safety and reliab
ility. This open forum will provide presenters an opportunity to present their work in ESS-SR, and it will provide attendees the chance to see the work that is creating the future of ESS-SR.
For more information, click here.
Click here to register for this event.  The registration fee is $350.
NAATBatt members interested in publishing press releases about developments at their companies in this newsletter should send their releases by e-mail to Vivian Yu of NAATBatt by Thursday of each week.
Advanced Battery Industry News    
Volkswagen AG is planning to widen its electric vehicle (EV) offering in coming years with additional models for China and a budget car costing around 20,000 euros ($22,500). The automaker is expecting to produce 15 vehicles in the first wave of its EV rollout, raising the goal by 50%. (Source: Bloomberg)
The U.SGovernment has launched an effort to develop technologies to recycle lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries from EVs, cellphones and other sources to ensure a supply of metals for batteryproduction. The Dept of Energy announced a $15 million, three-year research and development project housed at Argonne National Laboratories(Source: Argonne National Laboratory) 
Rivian has received a strategic investment from Amazon as part of its $700 million investment round.  The company plans to launch its electric R1T pickup truck and electric R1S sport utility in the U.S. in 2020 and begin introducing them overseas in 2021.  Both etrucks will have 180 kilowatt-hour battery packs that will enable a driving range of 400 miles under optimal conditions. (Source: Rivian)
Volkswagen is planning for its I.D. EV platform that goes into production in Zwickau at the end of the year to be a vehicle that is CO2 neutral throughout the entire life cycle, if the customer consistently charges with green power. The battery cells will be produced in Europeusing energy from green power sources. (Source: Volkswagen)
PolyPlus Battery announced it is entering into the first stage of a joint development agreement with SK Innovation. The collaboration is focused on its solid-state lithium anode laminate that has the potential to double the energy density and cycle life of rechargeable batteries. The initial goal is to produce and test prototype cells to demonstrate increased volumetric and gravimetric energy density and cycle life relative to existing li-ion cells. (Source: PolyPlus Battery Company) 
The AES Corporation announced it was selected by Arizona Public Service (APS) to deliver a 100 megawatt (MW) 4-hour duration battery-based energy storage system. Under a 20-year agreement, AES will provide APS with the storage capabilities powered by Fluence’s Advancion platform. (Source: The AES Corporation)
Kandi Technologies Group announced its EV Models ‘EX3‘and ‘K22‘ have been approved for importation and registration in the U.S.A. by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The JV company will begin the process of launching the EVs for the American market. (Source: Kandi Technologies Group) 
Volvo Buses has been awarded the contract to supply a 7900 all-electric bus (ebus) to the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Hotel. The ebus uses high power CCS combo 2 150kW plug-in charging and has a 200kW battery capacity, which will be recharged at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. (Source: Volvo)
Tata Motors announced the supply of 80 ebuses to the West Bengal Transport Corporation. The vehicles will begin their inaugural journey from NabannaHowrah(Source: Tata Motors)
Armadale has signed an offtake memorandum of understanding (MOU) for its Mahenge Liandu graphite project in Tanzania. The proposed deal that was signed with Chinesegraphite mining and processing company Matrass Group is for 30,000 tonnes per year (tpa) of graphite concentrate for an initial five-term and represents over 60% of target annual production. (Source: Armadale)
Polish energy companies are pooling resources to set up a joint venture to build an EV factory, as Warsaw is aiming to have 1 million vehicles on the road by 2025. The project could cost about €1 billion ($1.1 billion) with Poland’s state-owned energy companies footing most of the bill. (Source:  Euractiv)
Belarus and China are negotiating the joint production of EVs. The car assembly plant BelGee would provide welding, assembly, paint work. (Source: BelTA)
Hainan province will install 40,000 charging piles this year, including upgrading bus and government fleets into clean energy vehicles. The province had over 4,600 charging piles and four charging service stations as of the end of 2018. (Source: Hainan Daily)
Eurasian Resources Group Sarl will halt production at a copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as it considers future investment in new production methods. The shutdown comes at a time of strained relations between Congo and investors after the nation last year introduced new taxes, including a 10% levy on cobalt exports. (Source: Bloomberg)
Industry Indices


Executive Director’s Notes


Although U.S. scientists and auto engineers largely created the modern electric vehicle, the United States today lags behind in the race to deploy electric vehicles and to manufacture the lithium-ion battery technology that powers them. In his blog,”Use User Fees to Fund Vehicle Electrification“, Executive Director Jim Greenberger suggests a new mechanism for directing investment into electric vehicles and lithium-ion battery manufacturing in the United States.  You can read the blog by clicking here.
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About the 2019 ESS Safety & Reliability Forum
The 2019 Energy Storage Systems Safety & Reliability Forum provides a platform for discussing the current state of ESS safety and mitigation strategies for improving cell to system level safety and reliability.
This third annual event will be held March 6-8, 2019,  in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Hotel Albuquerque in historic Old Town.  Register now and book your hotel.
To keep up on all new event information as it becomes available,  please visit our website.
Click here to register for this event.  The registration fee is $350.
Select 2019 ESS Safety & Reliability Forum from the dropdown menu at the top of the form.
The tentative schedule of speakers has now been posted. Review the complete agenda here.
Topics of discussion include:
  • Understanding Failure R&D
  • Incident Management and Failure Consequences
  • Understanding Failure Applied
  • Codes and Standards
  • Designing Robust Systems
  • Reliability and Abuse R&D
  • Beyond Li-ion
Book Your Hotel
The 2019 ESS Safety & Reliability Forum will be held at Hotel Albuquerque in historic Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico from March 6-8, 2019.
Sandia has reserved a block of rooms at a special conference rate of $99 single/double, plus applicable taxes. These rates are reserved for Forum attendees on a first come, first served basis. Reservations can be made online here or by calling Hotel Albuquerque at 866-505-7829 or 505-843-6300.
Call for Poster Presentations
Abstracts for poster presentations may still be submitted for consideration here.
About NAATBatt International
NAATBatt is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the commercial interests of its members by supporting developments in advanced battery technology consistent with the goals of enhancing energy efficiency, reducing petroleum dependence and enabling carbon-free electricity generation.  NAATBatt’s programs, committees and publications help its members increase their knowledge and grow their business in one of the most important industries of the 21st Century.
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