October 21, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 43
NAATBatt Member News
NAATBatt International will host a Workshop on Advanced Battery Recycling at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The workshop will examine the recycling of high voltage advanced batteries used in automotive, industrial and ESS applications. A faculty of international experts, including the leading recyclers of lithium-ion batteries in China and the EU, will discuss how China and the EU have chosen to regulate the disposition of high voltage advanced batteries at the end of their useful lives and the factors that might drive the implementation of a mandatory recycling regime in the United States. The economics and technologies for recycling advanced batteries will be discussed. To obtain more information about the workshop and to register, click here.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference, which will be held March 14-16, 2017 at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park (Phoenix), Arizona. The 2017 annual program will include many of the features that have made past annual meetings so popular: surveys of the advanced battery market, the advanced battery innovation summit, analysis of M&A, venture and IP activity related to advanced batteries, member update presentations, the golf and tennis tournament, and the best networking in the industry. Members and non-members are welcome. For more details, click here. Delegates, exhibitors and NAATBatt members are urged to make their hotel reservations soon, as the hotel block is expected to fill quickly at this remarkable venue.
The Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge Reports for 1Q and 2Q 2016 have been posted on the “Publications” page of the NAATBatt website and are available for review by all registered NAATBatt members. The ABC PatentEdge quarterly reports are a valuable benefit of NAATBatt membership. The reports summarize patent filings around the world related to advanced battery and ultracapacitor technology. The summaries provide a keen and unbiased insight into where advanced electrochemical energy storage technology is going and where the biggest and best known companies in the industry are really making their bets. The reports are prepared under contract with NAATBatt by IP Checkups of Berkeley, CA.
Redflow: First ZCells installed at off-grid Willunga property
Enerdel: Lithium-ion Battery System Training Program – October 24-28, 2016 in Indianapolis
Read the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter (below) to see the details of a comprehensive training program for users of advanced lithium-ion battery systems being offered next week in Indianapolis, IN by NAATBatt member Enerdel.
NAATBatt members interested in publishing press releases or news items about developments at their companies in this section of the newsletter should send their releases or items by e-mail to Vivian Yu of NAATBatt before Friday of each week.
Advanced Battery Industry News
Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Chemical announced that they have agreed to a tie-up for the lithium-ion (li-ion) battery electrolyte business in China under a 50/50 joint venture (JV). Ube Industries manufactures electrolyte at the Sakai Factory located in Osaka Prefecture (Japan) and at a plant located in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province (China). The annual production capacity is 10,000 tonnes in Japan and 5,000 tonnes in China. Mitsubishi Chemical manufactures electrolyte at the Yokkaichi Plant located in Mie Prefecture (Japan), a plant located in Stockton-on-Tees, the U.K., a plant located in Memphis, TN (USA) and a plant located in Changshu, Jiangsu (China). The annual production capacity is 13,500 tonnes in Japan and each 10,000 tonnes in the U.K., USA, and China. (Source: Ube Industries)
Lockheed Martin has installed its GridStar™ Lithium energy storage system at the company’s Syracuse, New York, facility. The 1 megawatt (MW) will provide services to the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the state’s competitive wholesale electricity operator. ENGIE, a global independent power producer and energy services provider, will operate the system and dispatch the power. The system consists of GridStar™ energy storage units that can each be configured to provide up to 600 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy storage and up to 375 kW of power. (Source: Lockheed Martin)
GS Yuasa Lithium Power (GSYLP, a U.S. subsidiary of GS Yuasa) announced that it has received an order from The Boeing Company for the procurement of LSE190 lithium-ion (li-ion) cells to be used in GEO satellite applications. The award follows on the announced Long Term Supply Agreement between Boeing and GSYLP. The li-ion cells will be used to power ViaSat’s first two ViaSat-3 geostationary communications satellites. The ViaSat-3 class of satellites are the highest capacity communications satellites in orbit. The LSE190 li-ion cell was engineered to support high-power duty cycles and to achieve a 15-year mission life. (Source: GS Yuasa Lithium Power)
China is planning to start overseeing low-speed EVs that are primarily used in rural areas. The current regulatory framework does not have rules governing the production and sale of EVs with top speeds below 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour). The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will legalize manufacturers that meet the standards governing EV startups and regulate them under those requirements, while enacting technical specifications for the rest. (Source: Bloomberg)
Green Charge announced it is teaming with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) in Northern and Central California to deliver grid services from distributed energy storage. The company will install and operate intelligent energy storage for PG&E’s Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) – which is being developed in collaboration between PG&E and GE Grid Solutions. Green Charge has been selected by PG&E to develop and aggregate a fleet of energy storage systems in San Jose, CA to evaluate how customer-sited energy storage can be used to operationally support the grid during periods of high electric demand. (Source: Green Charge)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced its Enterprise Services business will help National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) accelerate the setup of their EV production. HPE will create a global manufacturing IT platform for NEVS that will operate across plants in Sweden and China. HPE will deploy proprietary and proven solution templates, based on the company’s experience establishing car production plants around the globe. (Source: Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
China is planning to release the first new energy vehicle industry development roadmap in December, which could include mild hybrid cars as energy saving vehicles. The drafting of the industry roadmap, including roadmaps for seven related technologies, was led by the Society of Automotive Engineers of China and is now subject to government review and modifications. If listed among energy saving vehicles, mild hybrid car buyers will be eligible for thousands of yuan purchase tax cut. (Source: China Daily)
SGL Carbon has signed an agreement to sell its graphite electrode business to Showa Denko (SDK). Approximately 900 employees and six production sites in Germany, Austria, Spain, USA, and Malaysia will be transferred from SGL Group to their new owner. The parties have agreed on an enetrprise value of 350 million euros ($ 381 million) that results in cash proceeds of at least 200 million euores ($ 218 million). The transaction is expected to be completed n 1H17. (Source: SGL Carbon)
Apple has halted efforts to build its own electric vehicle (EV). The company’s ‘Project Titan’ has re-focused on developing an autonomous driving system that gives Apple flexibility to either partner with existing carmakers, or return to designing its own vehicle in the future. Management has given the car team a deadline of late next year to prove the feasibility of the self-driving system and decide on a final direction. (Source: Bloomberg)
Ashok Leyland unveiled India’s first Circuit electric bus (ebus). The ebus was designed and engineered entirely in India. The bus is introduced in line with the National Electric Mobility Plan that aims for 20% penetration of electric/hybrid vehicles by 2020. (Source: Economic Times)
The U.K. government has announced a £10 million ($12.3 million) government investment in EV charging. This is part of a £35m ($43 million) investment in the ultra low emission vehicle sector, the £7.5 million ($9.2 million) funding for workplace chargepoints, coupled with the £2.5 million ($3.1 million) for residential on-street infrastructure is set to accelerate EV uptake by enhancing motorists’ confidence and expanding charging options. The government is aiming to have nearly all cars and vans be zero emission by 2050. (Source: Go Ultra Low)
Eastman Kodak and Polaris Battery Labs announced a strategic alliance to provide a complete “go to market” support system for rechargeable battery developers and product OEMs. Polaris is working with early stage developers to optimize the performance of their materials and to produce samples for internal study, investors, and potential customers. As clients prepare to scale up, a Kodak engineer is joined by an expert from Polaris to transition to the Park’s roll-to-roll production and cell assembly facilities at Eastman Business Park in Rochester, NY. (Source: Kodak)
RES (Renewable Energy Systems) has completed its first UK-based industrial-scale battery storage facility at a 1.5MW solar park south of Glastonbury, in Somerset. The company delivered the 668kWh energy storage system under an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for Western Power Distribution (WPD) as part of a project to explore the provision of ancillary services to a distribution network operator from an embedded battery energy storage system. This is one of the first such projects for RES to be built under a fully wrapped EPC contract in Europe. (Source: Renewable Energy Systems)
The two-year trial of Hong Kong’s first ebuses has been suspended for the 3rd time in nine months due to tire problems. The five vehicles were recalled in mid-September after concerns were raised about tires slipping in wet weather. The ebuses were the first to hit the road after the government allocated HK$180 million to purchase 36 ebuses for the city’s transport companies in an effort to improve air quality. (Source: South China Morning Post)
Executive Director’s Notes
|Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “The Case for Recycling High Voltage Advanced Batteries“, in the NAATBatt blog.
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