November 18, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 47
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.
The NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference will be held on March 14-16, 2017 at The Wigwam 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.
NAATBatt International is soliciting presentations about new advanced battery and energy storage technologies available for immediate license or purchase. The presentations will be made at the NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting on March 15, 2017, in Litchfield Park, AZ. The presentations are designed to give NAATBatt members a “first look” at new, market-ready storage technology and to help smaller, emerging companies build relationships with more established companies in the battery industry. Please read the “Solicitation for Presentations” in the Members Announcements and Advertisements section at the end of this newsletter. Proposals are due on or before December 31, 2016.
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.
Battery Innovation Center (BIC): BIC will be hosting its annual stakeholder luncheon on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016. For complete details, read the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter. Registration email will follow.
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.
NAATBatt International is pleased to welcome American Manganese Inc. (TSX.V: AMY; FRANK: 2AM; PINKS: AMYZF.pk) as NAATBatt’s newest Silver Member. American Manganese is involved in the research and development of recycling technology for lithium-ion batteries. The company also plans to produce electrolytic manganese for the steel and rechargeable battery markets with a breakthrough lower cost, cleaner process. American Manganese’s Artillery Peak property in Arizona is the largest known manganese deposit in the Southwest U.S. at a time when this critical metal faces declining supply. The company’s new low power and low water process for producing electrolytic manganese metal (EMM) and other related products (EMD and CMD) has been validated in pilot testing. For more information about American Manganese, go to: http://www.americanmanganeseinc.com/
Advanced Battery Industry News
ZincFive (formerly EnSite Power) announced that it acquired PowerGenix Systems, which has commercialized the nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery technology. EnSite Power is a supplier of a battery management system and applications that use NiZn – specifically, the UPStealth® uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery backup system. ZincFive is also undergoing qualification in other markets like automotive, where several qualifications are ongoing for use in Stop-Start vehicles. (Source: ZincFive)
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded funding to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) for the purchase of 15 Proterra Catalyst electric buses (ebuses), 11 Proterra depot-chargers, and 4 Proterra fast-chargers. The company will deploy its ebuses and charging stations throughout the valley, including the City of Visalia Transit Division, Fresno County Rural Transit Agency, California State University Fresno, San Joaquin Regional Transit District and City of Modesto Transit Services. (Source: NGTNews)
Jaguar has revealed a concept electric vehicle (EV) called the I-Pace. The EV will have a range from a single charge of 310 miles, and will be able to accelerate from 0-62 miles per-hour in about four seconds and powered by a 90 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion (li-ion) battery pack. A rapid charge on a 50 KW DC charger will take just over two hours, delivering a range of at least 220 miles, and as much as 310 miles. (Source: The Telegraph)
Toyota Motor announced the expansion of R&D facilities at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing in China (TMEC). The plan to be completed from late 2018 onwards includes improvements to the existing laboratory facility, construction of a new laboratory, creation of a battery evaluation and test facility, as well as improvements to test tracks. TMEC was established in 2010, in line with Toyota’s aim to produce cars in China for the Chinese market. (Source: Toyota)
BMW and Elflein have put a 40-ton battery-powered truck (etruck) into operation in Leipzig. The vehicle was built by Terberg and commutes daily in the two-shift operation over a 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) distant between logistics center and the BMW group factory. Different vehicle components are transported, which are required for the assembly of the i3 and the i8 plug-in hybrid car. The etruck is charged with electricity from renewable sources. (Source: BMW Group)
Mitsui Chemicals announced the completion of construction of its electrolyte solution production facilities at Nagoya Works. The company owns electrolyte solution production facilities at Formosa Mitsui Advanced Chemicals, a joint venture between Mitsui Chemicals and Formosa Plastics. The startup of the new facilities at Nagoya Works is scheduled for April 2017. (Source: Mitsui Chemicals)
Saft is partnering with DCPower4C on a development that eliminates the problems of unreliability and short life typically experienced by mobile medical carts powered by lead-acid batteries. The Circadian® System uses Saft’s MP Integration li-ion cell technology as the basis for a lightweight, universal hot swap battery system capable of providing 24-7 power. This hot swap capability enables the batteries to be changed while the equipment remains powered up. (Source: Saft)
BMW is aiming to boost sales of electric cars by two-thirds next year to 100,000 units as the automaker is offering more battery-powered models. The company expects to increase its deliveries of EVs to around 60,000 units this year. To help improve sales, the company is increasing the battery range of its i3 city vehicle by 50% this year. (Source: Reuters)
Electrovaya announced a li-ion ceramic product line for the Class I and II forklift markets. The ‘ELivate’ product line is leveraging the company’s ceramic battery technology that provides up to 6x the life cycle of existing lead-acid solutions and up to 2x the life cycle of li-ion products. ELivate products are being introduced with 36 volts (V) followed by 48V models for Class I and II forklifts. (Source: Electrovaya)
Magnis Resources has made progress using Thermo Gravimetric Analysis of graphite flakes produced using only physical steps (milling and flotation processes) with purity >99.95% TGC. The company has realized reductions in the manufacturing cost of graphite silicon blend anode material. Pricing per unit weight equivalent to that of current coated spherical natural graphite anode products has been attained. Taking into account the greater than 65% increase in energy density of the graphite silicon blend,suggests this material will be very cost effective given the level of cell performance it can deliver. (Source: Magnis Resources)
Kansas City International Airport is planning to add electric shuttle buses to its fleet. The City Council is set to consider an ordinance to approve the purchase of four ebuses from BYD Motors. The measure is expected to go to the Council’s Transporation and Infrastructure Committee after the Thanskgiving holiday. (Source: McClatchy)
The New York City Council passed a bill that would require the city to install at least 25 charging stations in publicly accessible locations by next March — with at least two stations in every borough, as part of a pilot program. The Electric Vehicle Advisory Committee would monitor the results of the program, which will expire in March 2020. (Source: Daily News/NYC Council)
Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has partnered with eMotorWerks to provide up to 1,000 free smart charging units to SCP customers while program funds last. For utilities, the eMotorWerks technology assists them in managing EV demand and integrating more renewable energy into the electrical mix, while maintaining grid stability. SCP customers may choose free of charge, between eMotorWerks’ JuiceBox Pro charger or a JuicePlug EVSE adapter that converts existing, basic residential charging stations, into smart charging units. Additionally, participants can receive $250 for joining SCP’s smart-grid charging rewards program. (Source: eMotorWerks)
IKEA announced plans to install three Blink® charging stations at its Memphis, Tennessee store that is opening next month. The initiative reflects the continued partnership with Car Charging Group, which owns the Blink Network and Blink EV charging stations. (Source: Car Charging)
Faraday Future has halted construction on its $1 billion EV factory in Nevada. The company is planning to restart work on the plant in 2017. The company is refocusing resources on introducing is first production vehicle in January.
(Source: Automotive News)
Goldstone Infratech announced its move to assemble ebuses in partnership with BYD. The company has secured its maiden order for supply of six ebuses to the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST), Mumbai. Goldstone is planning to assemble the vehicles in India in tie-up with BYD Auto Industry with the bus body to be fully built in India. (Source: The Hindu Business Line)
Charge has unveiled an etruck that can be assembled in four hours. The company’s etrucks are built in Britain using ultra-lightweight composite materials. The use of this technology along with Charge’s hardware reduces the operating costs of the vehicle by over 50%. (Source: PFSK)
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