December 9, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 50
NAATBatt Member News
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 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 looking for companies to make presentations about new advanced battery and energy storage technologies available for immediate license or purchase at the next NAATBatt annual meeting. The NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting will be held 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.
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 Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter.
RedFlow: Redflow extends ZCell installer coverage
UniEnergy Technologies: UET to Deliver ReFlex Energy Storage System to Las Positas College Microgrid
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.
For more information on the Expo, see the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter or Click Here.
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 delighted to welcome Fiat Chrysler Automobiles LLC (FCA) as its newest Platinum member. FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world, designs, engineers, manufactures and sells passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, components and production systems worldwide. The Group’s automotive brands are: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram and Maserati, in addition to the SRT performance vehicle designation and Mopar, the parts and service brand. FCA operates through companies located in 40 countries and has commercial relationships with customers in approximately 150 countries. For more information about FCA and its products, go to www.fcagroup.com.
Advanced Battery Industry News
BMW AG expects it to take about 7 years to double the amount of energy stored in a lithium ion (li-ion) battery, which weighs about 230 kilograms (510 pounds) in its i3 hatchback. Despite this hurdle, the company is working to bring electric vehicle (EV) models of the X3, 3 Series, a new i5, new i6, a full-electric i8 and a Mini to market. BMW is also investing in technology for the self-driving, electric-powered iNext by 2021. (Source: Bloomberg and Autocar)
Hyundai Motor is planning to mass-produce electric buses (ebuses) with rollout in South Korea and other countries in 2018. The ebuses are likely to be equipped with two 51 kilowatt-hour (kWh) li-ion batteries supplied by LG Chem that uses a nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) cathode material. The vehicle will be able to travel over 100 kilometers (km) or 62 miles per charge. (Source: South Korea ET News)
Daimler is considering making batteries and Mercedes-Benz EVs in China. The company plans to have at least 10 EVs in its portfolio by 2025 and aims to introduce the EQ model by the end of the decade. The EQ series is similar to the C-Class, which is already introduced and produced locally. (Source: China Christian Daily)
Dynapower and Samsung SDI have unveiled an integrated behind-the-meter energy storage system built on their respective proven technologies. The initial release of the system will be a 250 kilowatt (kW)/550 kilowatt-hour (kWh) offering, with a 100 kW two-hour system to follow. This line of systems will incorporate Dynapower’s Generation 2 MPS product line of behind-the-meter energy storage inverters and Samsung SDI’s E2 battery solution. (Source: Dynapower & Samsung SDI)
Arizona Public Service (APS) is partnering with AES Energy Storage to implement a 4-megawatt (MW) battery-based energy storage system as part of the APS Solar Partner Program (SPP). The pair of 2-MW AES Advancion® energy storage arrays can provide enough capacity to power 1,000 homes. Installation of the pair of 2-MW Advancion energy storage arrays began in November 2016; they are expected to become operational in early 2017. (Source: AES Energy Storage & APS)
Samsung SDI and Lucid Motors announced a strategic partnership for battery cell supply. Samsung SDI will be supplying li-ion cells for Lucid’s executive sedan that is scheduled to begin production in late 2018. The companies have collaborated to develop next-generation cylindrical cells. (Source: Lucid Motors)
The joint venture (JV) between Valeo and Siemens focused on high voltage powertrains has started operation. The Valeo Siemens eAutomotive GmbH JV is 50/50 owned and will have about 1,000 employees. Valeo will contribute to the JV its high voltage power electronics, range extenders and charging solutions and Siemens its eCar Powertrain Systems business unit including e-motors and power electronics. (Source: Siemens)
The first “grid scale” Tesla battery storage solution in Europe has officially been opened in Somerset.
Camborne Energy Storage has installed the company’s Powerpack batteries which will support electricity generated from renewables. The batteries are expected to provide enough clean, low carbon electricity to 500 homes. (Source: Energy Live News)
Bus line 133 in Cologne, Germany was converted to fully electric (from diesel) after an extensive test phase. VDL Bus & Coach delivered eight articulated Citea SLFA electric buses (ebuses) for the transition. Line 133 has a length of about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) with 13 stops and connects the Cologne train station with the district of Zollstock. (Source: VDL Bus & Coach)
Hitachi Automotive Systems announced that its li-ion battery module is being used in the Suzuki Solio and Solio Bandit hybrid specification cars. The module comprises a 100-volt li-ion battery power pack and inverter. It is produced by Hitachi Vehicle Energy and uses a resin case that reduces the weight by 35% compared to previous modules. (Source: Hitachi Automotive Systems)
POSCO ICT announced it has installed charging stations in Costa Rica. The company started a test run at Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) in the city of San José. POSCO ICT has already signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ICE to cooperate on the smart energy project in the country. (Source: Pulse)
Transdev will be commencing operation of an ebus fleet in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond. The 43 ebuses would form the largest zero-emission bus fleet in public transport in Europe. The vehicles are equipped with a type of pantograph that can make contact with the charging point. The ebuses can be recharged within 30 minutes. (Source: Transdev)
Charging stations are being added to 25 Canadian Tire Gas+ locations in Ontario with some on Highway 401. The locations will be equipped with direct-current (DC) fast chargers that can replenish 80% of battery capacity in up to 30 minutes and dual Level 2 curbside chargers that take up to 4 hours. The rapid charging costs $20 per hour, with per minute billing, while the standard charging costs $1.50 per hour. (Source: Global News)
General Motors has named AeroVironment’s EVSE-RS as the official charging station accessory for the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which has an estimated range of 238 miles per charge. The charging station will be labeled with its own GM part number and will be available through Chevrolet dealerships. The level 2 EVSE-RS can charge up to 5x faster than standard cordsets. (Source: AeroVironment)
Clearview Energy through its partnership with ChargePoint® is offering free home EV charging for all of its customers. The free charging is available to residential electricity consumers that own a ChargePoint home station in select markets across the U.S. Charging costs are refunded to the consumer in the form of a reimbursement. (Source: Clearview Energy)
TEMSA and ASELSAN have jointly produced Turkey’s first domestic ebus. The vehicle can travel 50-70 kilometers (31-43 miles) on a single charge. The program was supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and the Directorate of Technology and Innovation Support Programs. (Source: Daily Sabah)
WiTricity announced its Tunable Matching Network (TMN) technology to drive global interoperability and adoption of wireless charging. The TMN technology enables the wireless system to optimize energy transfer between the ground and vehicle in real world operating conditions that include parking misalignment, differing vehicle ground clearance and varying battery voltage conditions. The flexibility enables wirelessly charged vehicles to interoperate more easily with standards-based charging sources made by different automakers and infrastructure suppliers. (Source: WiTricity)
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will start operating ebuses in Bandra-Kurla Complex by the end of January. The Wifi-enabled buses are operated by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) and were purchased from Tata Motors. The buses have been purchased under the initiative taken by MMRDA to promote clean fuel, and supported by the policy, FAME 2015. (Source: Hindustan Times)
UniEnergy Technologies will supply a ReFlex™ energy storage system to Las Positas College in Livermore, California. The system will initially include one, 100 kW/ 500 kWh vanadium flow battery, to support an existing 2.35 MW solar array and 3200 ton/hour ice storage system. The project is managed by WSP|Parsons Brinkerhoff and funded in part by a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission. (Source: UniEnergy Technologies)
Honda will be unveiling its ‘NeuV’ concept car, an automated EV commuter vehicle equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) called the ‘emotion engine‘. The technology comes from the partnership the company has with SoftBank (Japan-based). The AI technology will allow the car to have conversations with the driver and gauge his/her emotions The NeuV is small and optimized for shuttling around cities, dealing with tight parking and heavy traffic. (Source: Washington Post)
The city of Sacramento is in the running for an electric-truck (etruck) facility from Nikola Motor. The company is also evaluating other locations in Tennessee, Arizona, Utah and possibly one other state. Nikola is still in the developmental stage after unveiling its prototype etruck this month. (Source: Sacramento Bee)
Huawei unveiled a long-lifespan graphene-assisted li-ion battery that is able to withstand high temperatures – remaining functional in a 60°C environment, a temperature 10°C higher than the existing upper limit. Three technologies contributed to the breakthrough. First, a special additive in the electrolytes that can remove trace water and prevent the electrolytes from evaporating in high temperatures. Second, modified large-crystal NMC materials are used for the cathode, improving the thermal stability of the cathode powder. Third, use of graphene allows for more efficient cooling of the Li-ion battery. (Source: Manila Bulletin)
The University of Surrey and Augmented Optics Ltd, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, have transformed technology used to produce soft contact lenses to potentially make high energy density super-capacitors. The researchers developed crosslinked gel electrolytes exhibiting measured capacitance values over 100x those of conventional electrolytes. the materials are based on large organic molecules composed of many repeated sub-units and bonded together to form a 3-dimensional network. (Source: University of Bristol & SuperCapacitor Materials)
Executive Director’s Notes
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