December 30, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 53
NAATBatt Member News
The agenda for the NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference has been posted at thttp://naatbatt.org/meeting-conference-agenda/ . Click on the link to see the highlights of the program, including surveys of multiple sectors of the advanced battery market, the Federal Battery Technology Licensing Forum, two panels on extreme fast and inductive EV charging, a discussion of the markets for energy materials such as lithium, cobalt and nickel, and an examination of how the capital markets are likely to treat battery and energy storage companies in the year ahead. Also, please tell your colleagues about the Battery IP Workshop, which will run concurrently with the Annual Meeting on March 14, aimed at attorneys and IP professionals working with battery technology. And don’t miss the all-important Advanced Battery Golf & Tennis Tournament the day before the meeting. The meeting will run from March 14-16, 2017 at the Wigwam resort outside of Phoenix, Arizona. It is the top networking and educational event each year for senior executives in the advanced battery and energy storage business. To register now or for more information, go to: http://naatbatt.org/naatbatt-2017-annual-meeting-conference/
NAATBatt’s solicitation for new battery-related technologies available for immediate license or sale to present at the NAATBatt 2017 remains open but will close tomorrow on December 31, 2016. The presentations are designed to give NAATBatt members a “first look” at new, market-ready storage technology and to help emerging companies build relationships with more established companies in the battery industry. Please see the Solicitation for Presentations — Emerging Energy Storage Technologies at the end of this newsletter below and submit your proposal (3 pages max.) to Jim Greenberger by December 31 to be considered. Selected companies will be notified by late January 2017. The emerging technology presentations made at NAATBatt annual meetings have a history of generating new deals and investments.
Speaker presentations from the NAATBatt Advanced Battery Recycling Workshop held on November 30, 2016, are now available to all NAATBatt members on the NAATBatt website at: https://naatbatt.org/resource-center/naatbatt-conference-materials/. NAATBatt members may obtain speaker presentations from all NAATBatt conferences and workshops by going to the Resource Center section of the NAATBatt website.
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.
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. Materials to be distributed from the NAATBatt booth must arrive in Tampa by January 15. Use your NAATBatt membership to leverage your marketing program. Don’t miss this important benefit of NAATBatt membership. For more information about the Expo, see the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter or Click Here.
Happy New Year to all NAATBatt members and readers of this newsletter! Let’s make 2017 a great year for the development and commercialization of new electrochemical energy storage technology.
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
Enel, Verbund, Renault, Nissan, BMW and Volkswagen Group Italia are collaborating on an electric mobility project. The Electric Vehicle Arteries (EVA+) project will be carried out in Italy and Austria for which a grant agreement worth a maximum of 4.2 million euros ($4.4 million) has already been signed with the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency delegated by the European Commission. Over the course of the 3-year project 200 multi-standard fast charge stations, each of which is capable of offering all the fast charging standards (CSS Combo 2, CHAdeMO or AC charging), will be installed. EVA+ will be officially launched in Brussels next month. (Source: Enel)
South Korea could be planning a change in its legislation regarding electric vehicle (EV) subsidies. The country has EV subsidies in place since 2012, but contain a rule that limits vehicles eligible to those that could be charged in less than 10 hours with a standard household plug. Automakers with larger batteries like Tesla Motors or BYD are not eligible for a subsidy of up to $18,330. The government is considering a change to the rule that would include all types of EVs.
China has awarded its 7th EV production license to a unit of Jiangling Motors. The Jiangxi Jiangling Group New Energy Vehicle has received permission to proceed with a project to make 50,000 pure electric cars. The country is accelerating approvals for EV-only projects under a special program, having approved a license for Wanxiang Group this month. (Source: Reuters)
LeEco has broke ground on an EV assembly plant in China after receiving a 10 billion yuan (US$1.44 billion) investment. The facility, located in Deqing county of Zhejiang province will have the capacity to assemble up to 400,000 EVs by 2018. The factory will be fully automated, with robots handling up to 90 % of the work. (Source: South China Morning Post)
Hankook Tire has committed to developing tire technology for the EV market, which has encountered two major issues. First, the weight of the battery and low mileage range requires the EV tire to have low rolling resistance and use high strength material which must be applied structurally. In addition, EVs are quieter than regular vehicles, so tires with low road noise are needed. In addition, tires need to be designed to handle an EV’s driving characteristics, like fast acceleration and high torque, which could cause the center part of the tire to experience abrasion due to tire slip.
(Source: Traction News)
Siemens will provide free charging for its employees starting in 2017. The free ‘fill-ups’ will be at up to 100 company locations and will use its existing network of charging stations. After 2017, Siemens will decide on future electricity pricing from year to year. The free charging will first be available only at locations in Germany. (Source: Siemens)
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced the award of approximately $39 million in federal grant funds for construction of the 4th Street/Prater Way Bus Rapid Transit Project (BRT) between Reno and Sparks, Nevada. The project includes four electric buses (ebuses) and a fast-charge station. The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County anticipates the BRT service will open in 2019. (Source: Federal Transit Administration)
Belkommunmash (Belarus-based) is planning to sell ebuses to Tehran, Iran. The vehicles are being tested in Minsk before any deal is finalized. The company has orders for 20 ebuses with orders to eventually be made for vehicles for oblast capitals (Russia). (Source: Belarus News)
Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power have jointly filed plans to increase electrified transportation by installing new charging sites, boosting public education on the benefits of EVs and increasing ebus purchases. PGE’s plan includes a partnership with TriMet to provide charging infrastructure the transit agency can use to run 5 ebuses and a proposal to build 6 quick-charging areas like the “Electric Avenue” setup the utility has in front of its downtown Portland headquarters. Pacific Power’s proposals include 7 public charging pods and a new rate for charging-station electricity to make them more economical to operate. (Source: Portland Business Journal)
Great Lakes Graphite announced it has engaged Coulometrics to evaluate GLK flake concentrate for lithium ion (li-ion) applications and to demonstrate the flake concentrate is suitable for conversion to a premium grade spherical purified graphite material for the li-ion battery market. Initial test results received from Coulometrics support the high performance of the natural flake graphite material submitted for analysis by Great Lakes Graphite that meets or exceeds the performance standards needed for use as an anode material for the evaluated graphite properties. (Source: Great Lakes Graphite)
Executive Director’s Notes
|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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