January 13, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 2

NAATBatt Member News

electric-and-hybrid-marine-world-expo-2017-logo-2The next NAATBatt sponsored conference event will be the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017 on January 16-18, 2017, in Tampa, Florida.   NAATBatt members in Tampa for the show should stop by the NAATBatt booth and drop off materials and samples for distribution by NAATBatt. Using the NAATBatt booth at sponsored conferences is a great way to get additional value for your NAATBatt membership.

2017 Annual Meeting Banner Logo (official)Register soon for the NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference, which will run from March 14-16, 2017 at the Wigwam resort outside Phoenix, Arizona. Please note: Early Bird registration ends January 31.  The meeting will kick off with the Advanced Battery Golf & Tennis Tournament on Monday, March 13. The program features reports on multiple segments of the battery market, the new Federal Battery Technology Licensing Form, the Energy Storage Innovation Summit, a discussion trends in the capital markets and materials market that will impact battery companies, a special segment on extreme fast charging for xEV’s, and a new Workshop for Battery IP targeting lawyers and IP professionals working in the battery industry. For a full description of the program and to register, go to: http://naatbatt.org/naatbatt-2017-annual-meeting-conference/. 

Sign-up instructions for NAATBatt Member Update Presentations will go out next week to NAATBatt member firms. An important part of every NAATBatt annual meeting are short presentations made by each member firm about what it is doing and what the industry should know about it. These presentations have historically been the most important part of the show, providing member firms with good exposure and providing all meeting attendees with outstanding and actionable market intelligence.  NAATBatt 2017 will be no different. NAATBatt members: Watch your e-mail box next week for instructions.

Gridtential_Horizontal_240x73_CMYKGridtential Inc.: Gridtential Secures $6 Million from Battery Industry Strategics, East Penn Manufacturing, Crown Battery Manufacturing, Leoch International and Power-Sonic Inc.

alabamaAlabama Graphite Corp.: Alabama Graphite Corp. Announces Multiple Shipments of American Sourced and Manufactured CSPG Samples to United States Department of Defense Lithium-Ion Battery Solutions ProvidersFor details, read: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-2187492.htm  

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

Samsung SDI has introduced a “high-energy density battery cell that can provide a driving range of up to 600 kilometers (km) (373 miles) and can fast charge electric vehicles (EVs) in 20 minutes” as well as an “integrated battery module” concept with a 10% decrease in component units and weight compared to the currently produced models. A 20 min charge can provide a driving range of up to 500km (311 miles), which is 80% of the capacity. The mass production of this product is slated for 2021.  (Source: Samsung)

BYD has been selected as the recommended company by the evaluation committee in Argentina for the purchase of 50 electric buses (ebuses) on behalf of the Ministry of Environment. The tender was launched by the Ministry of Environment as a pilot project for the introduction of electric public transport in different cities throughout the country. The bid evaluation committee chose BYD amongst a pool of 5 bidders for its successful 12-meter ebus that is in operation in cities such as London, Los Angeles and Amsterdam.  (Source: BYD)

King County Metro Transit (Seattle) is planning to purchase up to 73 ebuses from Proterra along with charging stations to support the vehicles. The 40-foot ebuses have an estimated range of about 25 miles, with a quick charging time of just 10 minutes. Eight of the buses are slated to go into service this year; 12 more in 2019.  (Source: King County)

Volkswagen plans to sell as many as 3 million EVs a year within the next decade, which along with other automakers, EV production could lead to a battery shortage. The company estimates that $21 billion in investments in battery capacity will be required to supply its projected increase in EV sales. The view contrasts that of Daimler, which will not invest in battery production because of the possibility of oversupply.  (Source: Autoblog)

AES India and Mitsubishi announced a joint partnership agreement to deliver India’s first grid-scale energy storage array to the electric grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (DDL). AES and Mitsubishi will develop and own a 10-megawatt (MW) Advancion energy storage array. The energy storage array will be constructed in Rohini, Delhi at a site operated by Tata Power-DDL. The system should be operational by the end of 2017.  (Source: AES)

VW Electric

The I.D. Buzz Concept in Front of Original

Volkswagen AG has unveiled a battery-powered version of its iconic Microbus called the ‘I.D. Buzz”. The EV has a range of 270 miles (430 kilometers) and can accommodate eight seats and has a function for fully autonomous driving. The I.D. Buzz is based on technology that debuted last year with the I.D. hatchback concept, VW’s first model in its all-electric line-up.  (Source: Bloomberg)

The China National Development and Reform Commission has approved Chongqing Sokon Industry Group’s 2.5 billion yuan ($361 million) project to produce 50,000 EVs per year. The project unit is Chongqing Jinkang New Energy Automobile. The approval period is for two years during which time construction is to be started.  (Source: China National Development and Reform Commission)

Renault has developed an open-source automotive platform for a compact and lightweight EV based on its ‘Twizy’ EV technology. This could enable organizations wanting to build their own EV company to jumpstart the process. In partnership with OSVehicle and ARM, the company will release its POM platform as the “first open-source mass market vehicle platform”.  (Source: Treehugger)

Umicore has acquired from 3M the ownership of three Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) patent families for cathode materials that are referenced in lithium ion (li-ion) rechargeable batteries. Through this deal, Umicore has acquired all existing and future licensing rights to the three patents (US6964828 – Lu-Dahn, US6660432 – Paulsen, US7211237 – Eberman) that it had previously been practicing under license from 3M. These patents collectively cover South Korea, China, Japan, Europe and the United States and have a validity of between 2021 and 2024. Umicore takes over all rights and responsibilities with the existing licensees of 3M.  (Source: Umicore)

Volt Resources announced that positive feedback has been achieved on test work carried out in the United States and China on graphite samples provided to end user groups. Feedback from a U.S. battery company highlighted conductivity was an order of magnitude higher than the baseline material it was assessed against. Positive commercial discussions are continuing and additional test work is under way.  (Source: Volt Resources)

Bosch eaxle

The Electric Axle Drive Systems (eAxle)

Bosch has unveiled an off-the-shelf system that any manufacturer could use as a way of building an affordable EV. The ‘eAxle’ integrates components that until now needed to be sourced and purchased separately by a company wanting to build a car with electric drive. This leads to a 5% to 10% cost reduction versus buying individual components. The system is scalable and can extend driving range between charges by as much as 25% during the winter and provides climate control without completely draining power reserves in the summer.  (Source: Bosch)

Rivian Automotive has purchased the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois. The company plans to make EVs at the site, employ as many as 1,000 people and invest up to $175 million by 2024. The 2.4 million-square-foot facility had produced automobiles at the site since 1988.  (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

An energy storage system (ESS) (1st Phase: 1.5MW/12MWh), designed and constructed by Narada Power Source for GCL Silicon has successfully been put into service. It is the first commercialized ESS in China. The company is now working on an ESS for an industrial park in China, with total capacity 15MW/120MWh. The company has already completed and contracted ESS for over 800MWh at the end of 2016.  (Source: Narada Power Source)


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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “Federal Battery Technology Licensing Forum to Headline NAATBatt 2017, in the NAATBatt blog. 

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