February 10, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 6

NAATBatt Member News

Annual Meeting Banner 2017 Panel-BlueEach year NAATBatt International honors individuals who have made outsized contributions to the science, business and policy of advanced battery technology over the course of their lifetimes. The presentation of the annual NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Awards is made at the Gala Dinner during NAATBatt’s annual meeting each year. NAATBatt International is delighted to announce that the recipients of the awards this year will be:

Thackeray, Michael photoDr. Michael Thackeray of Argonne National Laboratory.  Dr. Thackeray is widely recognized as one of the leading scientists in the world in the field of lithium-ion battery chemistry. His work has been honored with numerous industry and scientific awards and recognized by former President Barack Obama.  Dr. Thackeray’s research has resulted in 210 research publications. He contributed to the early concepts of high‐temperature sodium‐metal chloride (“Zebra”) batteries and he has made a number of seminal contributions to the discovery and development of spinel‐based and Li2MnO3‐ stabilized electrode materials used in the multi‐billion dollar lithium‐ion battery market. He holds 48 patents, several of which have been licensed to industry on an international scale.

Khalil Amine photoDr. Khalil Amine of Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Amine is recognized as one of the leading scientists in the world in the field of lithium-ion battery chemistry. Dr. Amine currently serves a member of the U.S. National Research Consul, US Academy of Sciences on battery related technologies. Dr. Amine is a 2003 recipient of Scientific America’s Top Worldwide Research 50 Research Award, a 2009 recipient of the US Federal Laboratory Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, and is the four-time recipient of the R&D 100 Award. In addition, he was recently awarded the ECS battery technology award and the International Battery Association award. Dr. Amine holds or has filed over 140 patents and patent applications and has over 308 publications. From 1998-2008, Dr. Amine was the most cited scientist in the world in the field of battery technology.

Rick Winter bioRick Winter currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of UniEnergy Technologies (UET). Mr. Winter is recognized as a worldwide leader in the development and commercialization of flow battery technology. Prior to his work at UET, Mr. Winter managed Pacific Gas & Electric’s Energy Storage Program, and held leadership positions at Primus Power, Deeya Energy (now Imergy) and PowerCell (now Vionx). Mr. Winter led the innovation team that created the world’s first flow battery product (the 100kW PowerBlock) in his role as Vice President of Engineering at PowerCell. He holds 17 US patents and numerous foreign patents with a further 10 US patent applications pending. He founded Primus Power based on his invention of the single loop flow battery sans membrane (Patent 8039161).

Please join the entire advanced battery community in honoring Mike, Khal and Rick at the NAATBatt 2017 Gala Dinner on the evening of Wednesday, March 15 in Phoenix.

The companies that have been jury-selected to present new battery-related technology available for immediate license or purchase at the Energy Storage Innovation Summit held as part of NAATBatt 2017 are: General Motors Company, Onto Technologies, 24M, Paper Battery Company, Forge Nano, XG Sciences, Urban Electric Power, Black Diamond Structures, Encell Technology, and Silatronix. Each invited company will make a 5 minute presentation about a potentially disruptive new technology. The Summit is a regular feature of every NAATBatt annual meeting. 

Argonne nanolabNAATBatt 2017 will include a special Workshop on Intellectual Property Issues in Advanced Battery Technology, on Tuesday, March 14. The Workshop is for attorneys, IP managers and technology scouts working in the battery industry or with battery technology. Top officials from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, the DOE Office of Technology Transfer and several major corporate owners of battery-related IP will participate. Please make sure your counsel and IP managers know about this workshop. More information can be found at: http://naatbatt.org/intellectual-property-workshop/ .

hangzhou-bus-fire-started-by-battery-fireCommittee meetings of the following committees will be held on Tuesday morning, March 14 in conjunction with NAATBatt 2017: (1) Joint SAE International-CATARC-NAATBatt International Bus Battery Safety Committee, and (2) NAATBatt Advanced Battery Recycling Committee. All interested persons are invited to attend. Call-in information will be made available to committee members who cannot attend in person. For a schedule of all meetings during NAATBatt 2017, see: http://naatbatt.org/meeting-conference-agenda/.

SAVE THE DATE. NAATBatt will host a Workshop on xEV Battery Repurposing and Reuse on May 11, 2017. The workshop will be held at the Michigan Union on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Repurposing xEV batteries, both new and used, for non-vehicle applications is a growing practice and may eventually account for a significant percentage of ESS deployments. Learn about the economics and engineering driving this trend. The legal and regulatory challenges of repurposing and and reusing xEV battery packs will also be examined. Check back in this newsletter soon for more information about the workshop.

Battery Show EUROPE Conference logo-NEWEarly registration for The Battery Show Europe  end today. The Battery Show Europe will be held on April 4-6, 2017 in Sindelfingen, Germany. NAATBatt International has long been a supporter of The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan, which has quickly grown to be the top trade show in the advanced battery industry in North America. The Battery Show Europe will be its initial program in the EU, where NAATBatt fully expects its success and growth to continue. For information about the program and to take advantage of early registration, click here. Information about special opportunities for NAATBatt members at The Battery Show Europe will be made available soon.

alabama graphiteAlabama Graphite Corp.:   Alabama Graphite Corp. Receives Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code Assigned by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)   For full press release, see:  http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-2194488.htm

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Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR):  JCESR and Argonne National Lab will be holding a symposium titled “Energy Storage: The JCESR ConfSynergies with Electric Vehicle Transportation and PV Solar Generation”  at UC San Diego  on April 5-6, 2017For more information and to register,  click:   https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1935641


Redflow: Redflow charges into Asian telecom markets   For full press release, see: redflow_logo2011_rgb_b01http://www.impress.com.au/newsroom/redflow/2081-redflow-charges-into-asian-telecom-markets.html


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

Hitachi Automotive Systems and Honda Motor announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture (JV) company for the development, manufacture and sales of motors for electric vehicles (EVs). Subsidiary operations of the Japan-based JV are planned for the United States and People’s Republic of China, each with manufacturing and sales functions. Hitachi Automotive Systems will have a 51% stake and Honda Motor 49% in the 5 billion yen ($44.1 million) JV.  The unnamed JV will be located in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture with operations scheduled to commence this July.  (Source: Honda) 

Johnson Controls has finalized an agreement covering North America, China and Europe for electrochemical battery recycling technology. Under terms of a multi-faceted deal, the company is investing in Aqua Metals and will (i) become the first licensee for AquaRefining™ technology; (ii) supply Aqua Metals with batteries to recycle as a service, as part of the Johnson Controls closed-loop network; (iii) purchase AquaRefined™ metals produced from Aqua Metals’ facilities; and, (iv) acquire under 5% of Aqua Metals outstanding shares.  (Source: Johnson Controls)

Volkswagen Group of America introduced the ‘Electrify America LLC’ unit, the U.S. subsidiary that will manage $2 billion in investments in zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and awareness programs over a decade as part of a court settlement on its excess diesel emissions. The unit plans to install over 500 charging stations nationwide, including more than 300 stations in 15 metro areas, and to develop a high-speed, cross-country network consisting of more than 200 stations. Volkswagen will also launch a “Green City” initiative in a yet-to-be-identified California city to pilot future concepts, including potentially a ZEV-based shuttle service, an EV-based car-sharing program or a ZEV transit program.  (Source: Reuters)

Volvo Buses has received an order from the Belgian cities of Charleroi and Namur for 90 Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses (ebuses) and 12 charging stations. The order from TEC Group covers 55 buses for Charleroi and another 35 buses for Namur. The charging stations will be delivered by ABB, which will supply 4 charging stations to Charleroi and 8 charging stations for Namur. Delivery and installation will get under way this autumn. After the delivery, the TEC Group will have ordered in total 101 Volvo electric hybrids and 15 ABB charging stations.  (Source: Volvo Bus)

Groupe Renault has acquired Power Vehicle Innovation (PVI) in an effort to accelerate the growth of its light commercial vehicle business. PVI had worked with the company on the development and electrification of the Renault Master Z.E. large van, which is scheduled to be launched later this year. The acquisition also includes Escal, a subsidiary in which PVI has a 95% stake. Escal itself manages PVI’s service, maintenance and mechanical integration activities.  (Source: Renault Group)

ABB and Nova Bus (a division of Volvo Buses) announced a collaboration that consists of the delivery of the first ABB ebus opportunity charger in North America. The order from Nova Bus comprises one (1) complete 300 kilowatt (kW) modular common interface charging system with inverted pantograph technology and commissioning from the new ABB Campus in Montreal.  (Source: ABB)

Scania will commence field tests of ebuses in the northern Swedish city of Östersund. Three Scania Citywide LF buses are planned to be in operation at the end of this year with an additional three ebuses added in early 2019. Two charging stations will be built in Östersund to supply the vehicles at both ends of the 14-kilometre (8.7 mile) bus line. The trials will be carried out in collaboration with public authorities, including the City of Östersund and Region Jämtland Härjedalen’s Public Transport Authority and energy supplier Jämtkraft. The buses will be operated by Nettbuss, a subsidiary of the Norwegian State Railways, NSB.  (Source: Scania)

The Harrogate Bus Company, owned by Transdev Blazefield, has purchased eight electric buses (ebuses) from Volvo. The vehicles are scheduled to enter service in 2018. The project in the U.K. will use ‘opportunity charging’ via the common interface OppCharge — whereby the charging stations can also be used by ebuses from other vehicle manufacturers. OppCharge is a common interface in more than 12 countries and takes place via a specialist overhead mast, which connects to the bus via a pantograph. Charging is fully automated and takes between three and six minutes to complete.  (Source: Automotive World)

Giant Motors (Mexico-based) has built an EV that could be launched commercially next year as an electric taxi. The vehicle will be manufactured through a collaboration with Moldex, a subsidiary of Bimbo, and the Monterrey Institute of Technology. Moldex has been building light-duty electric trucks for its parent company for more than two years at its State of México plant. As of last summer, Bimbo had 320 units in service as delivery vehicles.  (Source: Mexico Daily News

eMotorWerks has announced a partnership with con|energy to launch new EV charging solutions into the German speaking market. The companies will collaborate on technology solutions that provide charging stations that optimize EV charging based on energy source preferences, such as solar. The eMotorWerks technology is focused on internet-enabled products that are connected and aggregated via JuiceNet.  (Source: eMotorWerks)

The Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) is moving to transform its bus fleet to ebuses.  VTA is slated to replace four buses in fiscal year 2018. The vehicles under consideration are built by BYD. The batteries in the ebuses are guaranteed to last the 12-year life cycle of the new buses.  (Source: Vineyard Gazette)

Faraday Future has cut down on its their EV lineup by focusing to two models (instead of seven); the FF91 and the FF81 crossover.  Both EVs are planned to have driverless technology and loaded with next-generation gadgets. The company had initially planned to build a factory in Nevada scaling up to 3,000,000 square feet, which was downsized to 650,000 sq. ft. The facility is slated to be finished in 2019.  (Source: Yahoo)



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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

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