November 4, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 45
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. These presentations are designed to give NAATBatt members a “first look” at new, market-ready storage technology and smaller, emerging companies an opportunity to build relationships with more established companies in the industry. Please read the “Solicitation for Presentations” in the Members Announcements and Advertisements section at the end of this newsletter.
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.
CalCharge: CalCharge and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will be hosting the 2nd Annual Bay Area Battery Summit on Friday, November 18, 2016. To register: please click here. For more info., read the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter.
EnerDel: EnerDel Grows Distributor Network with the Addition of ABC Transmission as Official Distributor
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
The U.S. government announced actions to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure. They include the Department of Transportation establishing 48 national charging corridors on highways with these designated routes covering almost 25,000 miles (in 35 states) and 24 state & local governments committing to partner to increase the procurement of EVs in their fleets. (Source: White House)
Johnson Controls is expanding Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery production capacity for start-stop vehicles in China. The company launched production lines for the batteries in its Changxing Plant, Zhejiang province facility. The plant’s AGM capacity has been increased to over 3 million units a year – over 2x prior year capacity. The total annual capacity of the plant is approximately 10 million batteries. The capacity expansion project is scheduled to be completed next year. (Source: Johnson Controls)
Daimler AG is expanding its stationary energy storage business to the U.S. market. Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas is assuming the development and sales of systems for the North-American market, which will be available in early 2017 with the launch of a modular residential product. Each battery module will have an energy storage content of 2.5 kilowatt-hour (kWh) that can be combined up to 20 kWh and used in various applications such as back-up power and solar self-consumption. (Source: Mercedes-Benz)
FMC announced a long-term supply agreement with Nemaska Lithium. Under the agreement Nemaska will provide FMC with 8,000 metric tons per year of lithium carbonate beginning in mid-2018. Based in Quebec, Canada, Nemaska Lithium is constructing new lithium production capabilities of 28,000 metric tons of lithium carbonate equivalent.
Toyota will be launching its ‘Prius Prime’ using lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries that will have enough energy density to enable the electric vehicle (EV) to travel 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) when fully charged before the gasoline engine kicks in. Because of different methodology in measuring a car’s electric mode range, the Prime’s 60 km range will be listed in the United States as around 25 miles (40.2 kms). Working with battery supplier Panasonic, Toyota has improved the precision in battery cell assembly and been able to shrink the size of each cell (i.e. reducing the distance between the anode and cathode). This has enabled the doubling of capacity to around 8.8 kilowatt-hours (kWh) — while only increasing the battery pack size by around 2/3rds and its weight by a half. (Source: Reuters)
Maxwell Technologies announced a commercial application of li-ion capacitors, developed in conjunction with China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC-SRI). The technology will be used for rapid energy regeneration in the trolley system for the Changsha Subway in Changsha, Hunan, as the single source of power for instant charging and discharging to propel the trolley. The li-ion capacitors can charge light rail vehicles in 30 seconds and keep them going for five to 10 minutes. (Source: Maxwell Technologies)
Younicos has signed an agreement with Panasonic of North America to design and build a solar-plus-storage system at Peña Station NEXT in Denver, Colorado. The system will make use of multiple ‘Younicos Y.Cubes’, the “storage-in-a-box” solution. The one-megawatt (MW) storage resource will be connected to the Xcel Energy power grid and provide frequency regulation, solar grid integration through ramp control, grid peak shaving, energy arbitrage, and backup power. (Source: Younicos)
Leclanché SA has been selected by Swiss Green Electricity Management Group to serve as the battery energy storage system supplier for the Marengo project in the PJM Market. This is the company’s first project in the United States following a project win in Canada earlier this year. The Marengo 10 megawatt-hour (MWh)/20 MW grid-scale system will be interconnected to the local Commonwealth Edison Company electric grid and will provide real-time frequency regulation service to PJM. (Source: Leclanché)
Yutong electric buses (ebuses) could be operating in Havana, Cuba soon. The vehicles would have a battery capacity that allows it to travel between 250 to 300 kilometers (155 to 186 miles) at a maximum speed of 65 kilometers (or 40 miles) per hour with an average energy consumption at 0.84 kWh per kilometer. The Cuban government is interested in the transfer of technology, management methods and the development of the country’s industry to work with Yutong in assembly in the future. (Source: Xinhua)
The Thailand government has launched a plan to boost the number of electric vehicles (EVs) to 1.2 million in the next two decades, with a focus on industrial adoption and the first charging stations to start rolling out by year-end. The government’s strategy is divided into four parts: Phase I: Open the market and drive consumer interest, as ebuses start to rollout; Phase II (2018-2020); Research on battery usage with incentives to encourage private ector investment;
Phase III (2021-2035); Gov’t promotion and improving the electric grid; Phase IV (2036 onwards): Reaching 1.2 million registered EVs. On the infrastructure side, PTT Plc and six carmakers have already agreed to develop EV charging stations and promote EV usage. PTT has four EV charging stations in Bangkok and its outskirts. (Source: Bangkok Post)
Nine charging stations have been set up in the Camden Yards stadium complex, near Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium. The stations were built with a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration’s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Rebate Program. The Maryland Stadium Authority partnered with the Electric Vehicle Institute on the installations. Eight of the charging stations are Level 2 and one is Level 3. (Source: Baltimore Sun)
Voltaiq announced the version 3.5 release of their battery intelligence software. The software transforms raw battery data streams, independent of the source. The product could accelerate battery design decisions that optimize performance and minimize product risk. (Source: Voltaiq)
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.
To view the blog, CLICK HERE
Member Advertising and Announcements
Announcing the 2nd Annual Bay Area Battery Summit
Theme: Energy Storage at an Inflection Point
Join a discussion among the leading minds in energy storage. Featuring:
- Keynote talks from David Danielson (Stanford) and Steve Levine (Quartz)
- 3 Panel discussions covering energy storage covering the latest in technology, business, and policy innovation
- An EV display, with the latest from BMW, Chevy, Tesla, and Zero Motorcycle
Last year’s event sold out. Please register ahead of time.
When: Friday, November 18, 2016, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Where: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA
RSVP Today: please click here
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