Yearly Archives: 2019

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Understanding Energy Materials Supply Constraints in North America

2019-05-04T04:08:50+00:00

There has been a lot of recent talk about shortages of energy materials (i.e., lithium, hi-grade nickel and cobalt) imperiling the future of lithium-ion battery manufacturing in North America.  While much of that talk is sensationalized (we are not about to run out of lithium in the world), the United States’ failure to invest in stabilizing sources of energy material supply may put the United States at a long term disadvantage in the global competition for lithium-ion battery manufacturing capacity and expertise. Properly understood, the energy materials supply chain challenge in North America consists of two problems:  The market price [...]

Understanding Energy Materials Supply Constraints in North America2019-05-04T04:08:50+00:00

A Sobering Reminder of the Battery Safety Challenge

2019-04-26T19:22:57+00:00

NAATBatt International was shaken by news of the fire and explosion last week at Arizona Public Service’s McMicken Energy Storage facility in Surprise, Arizona.  Four firefighters were hurt in the explosion, two of them seriously.  First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and their families. The McMicken incident hit particularly close to home for NAATBatt.  A little more than five weeks ago, NAATBatt members toured the McMicken facility at the invitation of APS.  The facility appeared to be state-of-the-art and well-maintained.  It is hard to imagine what exactly went wrong. An investigation of the McMicken incident [...]

A Sobering Reminder of the Battery Safety Challenge2019-04-26T19:22:57+00:00

The U.S. Needs a Strategic Plan to Avoid an Energy Materials Shock

2019-04-06T03:34:34+00:00

The push for vehicle electrification in the early part of the 21st Century initially came, not from concerns about climate change, but from concerns that the U.S. economy was becoming dangerously dependent upon a single natural resource (petroleum), the supply of which forces outside the United States could disrupt.  As vehicle electrification moves from theory to reality, it is important that the United States not repeat past mistakes and become dependent upon foreign supplies of strategic energy materials it does not control. Although scientists keep working on alternatives, the best judgment of those involved in advanced battery technology is that [...]

The U.S. Needs a Strategic Plan to Avoid an Energy Materials Shock2019-04-06T03:34:34+00:00

March 15, 2019 Vol. 10, No. 11

2019-03-16T11:57:46+00:00

NAATBatt Member News   NAATBatt Announcements NAATBatt 2019, the 10th Annual Meeting of NAATBatt International, was held this past week in Litchfield Park (Phoenix), Arizona.  With 250 attendes and over 120 speakers, NAATBatt 2019 was the most successful annual meeting and conference of the NAATBatt International organization to date. Speaker presentations from NAATBatt 2019, containing the latest data about the advanced battery and materials markets and the latest information about emerging battery technologies, will be made available next week to all registered attendees and NAATBatt members. Watch your e-mail.  Thanks again to all sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, supporters and staff who made [...]

March 15, 2019 Vol. 10, No. 112019-03-16T11:57:46+00:00

March 8, 2019 Vol. 10, No. 10

2019-03-11T22:30:53+00:00

NAATBatt Member News   NAATBatt Announcements NAATBatt 2019, the 10th Annual Meeting ofNAATBatt International, starts next week in Phoenix, Arizona.  NAATBatt 2019 is the top thought leadership program on the North American advanced batteryindustry, examining trends in advanced batterytechnology bringing together the top battery and energy storage industry executives to network and do deals. Last chance to attend! Register Now!    Member Update Presentation speaking time slots have been assigned for NAATBatt 2019. At NAATBattannual 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 [...]

March 8, 2019 Vol. 10, No. 102019-03-11T22:30:53+00:00

March 1, 2019 Vol. 10, No. 9

2019-03-11T22:29:26+00:00

NAATBatt Member News   NAATBatt Announcements Less than two weeks to go until NAATBatt 2019, the 10th Annual Meeting of NAATBatt International, on March 11-14, 2019, at The Wigwam resort outside Phoenix, Arizona. With more than 120 speakers,NAATBatt 2019 will be the top thought leadership program in the North American advanced batteryindustry in 2019. Don't miss the chance to learn about the newest trends in advanced battery technology  and to network with the leaders in the advanced batteryindustry. Space is limited. Register Now!    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 [...]

March 1, 2019 Vol. 10, No. 92019-03-11T22:29:26+00:00

February 22, 2019 Vol. 10, No. 8

2019-03-11T22:28:02+00:00

NAATBatt Member News   NAATBatt Announcements 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: http://naatbatt.org/naatbatt-2019/      Member Update Presentation speaking time slots have been assigned for [...]

February 22, 2019 Vol. 10, No. 82019-03-11T22:28:02+00:00