November 25, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 48
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 Report for 2Q 2016 is available to NAATBatt members on the “Publications” page of the NAATBatt website. 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.
American Manganese Inc.: Patent Application Submitted for Recovering Cathode Materials from Spent Lithium Ion Electric Vehicle Batteries. With Proof of Concept Work Complete, Company Prepares to Commence Graduated Technology Development Program http://www.americanmanganeseinc.com/patent-application-submitted-for-recovering-cathode-materials-from-spent-lithium-ion-electric-vehicle-batteries-with-proof-of-concept-work-complete-company-prepares-to-commence-graduated-technology/
Battery Innovation Center (BIC): BIC will be hosting its annual stakeholder luncheon on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016. For complete details and to RSVP: Click Here . Also see Member’s Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter.
CSA Group: CSA Group is looking for experts to participate in a technical working group. Contact Scott Lindsay, Project Manager @ Scott.Lindsay@csagroup.org if you are interested in participating. Responses are requested by Thursday December 2nd, 2016. See Member’s Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter for complete details.
Stria Lithium: Stria Lithium Expands its Market Reach; Announces its Recovery of Lithium Chloride from Lithium-Bearing Petalite
The next NAATBatt sponsored conference event will be the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017 on January 16-18, 2017, in Tampa, Florida. At NAATBatt sponsored conference events, NAATBatt members may use the NAATBatt booth at the sponsored conference to highlight and display their own literature, samples and information. Contact Jim Greenberger if your company has an interest in participating. Use your NAATBatt membership to leverage your marketing program. Don’t miss this important benefit of NAATBatt membership.
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
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has announced a revision to its electric vehicle (EV) battery certification standard that will go into effect in 2017. Under the new guideline, EV battery manufacturers must have annual output capacity of 8 gigawatt-hours (GWh) and their battery packs should not have reported any faults over the past two years. So far, certifications have been awarded to 57 companies through four separate reviews in June and December of 2015 and April and June of this year. (Source: Pulse)
Volt Resources announced that test performed by an independent German metallurgical laboratory confirmed that the Namangale graphite flake concentrate can be readily upgraded to 99.99% TGC purity. In addition, the results also highlighted the absence of contaminates. The company has already shipped samples of its super and super jumbo flakes to prospective customers; including several in the lithium ion (li-ion) battery space. (Source: Volt Resources)
Leclanché SA and Zhejiang Narada Power Source announced a strategic partnership for the manufacturing and development of li-ion battery technology. Leclanché will support Narada with technology transfer to achieve low-cost, scale manufacturing of its high-cycling and fast-charging lithium titanate (LTO) and high energy density graphite nickel manganese cobalt (G-NMC) technologies. Narada will manufacture both G-NMC and LTO at its facilities in Hangzhou, China, including the opening of its new 2.5 GWh fabrication facility in 2017. (Source: Leclanché)
Scientists at the University of Central Florida (UCF) have made a supercapacitor battery prototype that lasts 20x longer than a li-ion cell. The researchers have run the prototype cell over 30,000 charge cycles making it unlikely for the need to replace the battery for the lifetime of the e-bike. The research teams are from the UCF NanoScience Technology Center and the Korea Basic Science Institute in Jeonju, South Korea. (Source: Cycling Industry News)
Saint Jean Carbon announced that the company and its battery manufacturing partner will build a high powered li-ion battery with recycled/upcycling material from an electric car power pack and the upcycled anode material from Saint Jean Carbon. The project will have a three stage approach: 1) Using proprietary and patented systems for dismantling and separating the chemistry and hard materials. 2) Design and re-engineering the surfacing of the raw materials. 3) Construct two identical cells, one with new material and one with upcycled materials. Both cells will be tested to over 10,000 cycles with the project taking about six months to complete. (Source: St. Jean Carbon)
Stria Lithium announced it has recovered lithium chloride from hard rock lithium aluminum silicates other than spodumene from tests of its proprietary chlorination process. The potential benefits of the technologies include (i) less energy usage; (ii) the recycling of chemicals: and, (iii) reduced capital costs by the construction of smaller more compact processing facilities. The company is planning the commissioning of a 20 kilogram (kg)/day lithium metal production pilot plant in 2017. (Source: Stria Lithium)
XL Hybrids announced that several ambulances for the City of Seattle’s fire department are equipped with the XL3® Hybrid Electric Drive System. The company retrofitted Ford E-450 ambulances which enabled the department to achieve a 23% increase in miles driven per gallon and a 19% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The city is ordering up to 10 more vehicles this year, including Ford Transit vans equipped with XL Hybrids systems for the Seattle Department of Public Utilities. (Source: XL Hybrids)
Stem announced that it was the first customer-sited energy storage developer to help Southern California Edison (SCE) meet local grid reliability needs. The company will bring online some of its systems that will be used to deliver flexible capacity in Southern California. The fleet includes an indoor energy storage system 1.3 megawatts (MW) at Park Place in Irvine, systems at John Hancock Insurance—also 1 MW—and Soka University in Aliso Viejo. (Source: Stem)
Toyota Motor has developed a method for observing the behavior of lithium ions (li-ions) that deviate in an electrolyte when a battery charges and discharges. The deviation has been believed to limit the usage area of batteries. The two main features of the observation method that the company developed are as follows:
(i) The Toyota Beamline2 in the SPring-83 synchrotron radiation facility, which produces high-intensity X-rays that are more powerful than those generated by an X-ray equipment making it possible to create 0.65 micron/pixel high-resolution and 100 ms/frame high-speed measurements; and,
(ii) In place of the electrolyte with phosphorous that is used in li-ion batteries, a new electrolyte with heavy elements is being utilized instead. By observing the behavior of the heavy elements, it is possible to observe the deviation behavior of the li-ions, which are bound to them in the electrolyte. (Source: Toyota)
The city of Edmonton (Alberta) is proposing council approve purchasing 25 to 40 ebuses for $30.6 million — depending on the unit price. The purchase would use funding that was initially slated for 49 diesel buses, to grow the bus fleet. The city says the delivery of electric buses would align with the opening of the new northeast transit garage, a $186-million project set to be complete by late 2018. (Source: Edmonton Metro)
Executive Director’s Notes
|Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “NAATBatt Workshop Explores the Drives, Challenges and Opportunities of Advanced Battery Recycling“, in the NAATBatt blog.
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