February 3, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 5

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, which will be held on April 4-6, 2017 in Sindelfingen, Germany, has been extended until February 10. 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.

grafoidGrafoid: Grafoid Introduces GrafeneX – a Cost-Effective Graphene Adherent, Tunable and Multi-Functional Coating Technology for Large Surface Industrial Applications    http://www.grafoid.com/grafoid-introduces-grafenex-a-cost-effective-graphene-adherent-tunable-and-multi-functional-coating-technology-for-large-surface-industrial-applications/

redflow_logo2011_rgb_b01Redflow: Redflow extends its battery warranty to 10 years  http://www.impress.com.au/newsroom/redflow/2082-redflow-extends-battery-warranty-to-10-years.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

Valmet Automotive and Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) have entered into a partnership in electric automotive solutions. CATL has also subscribed to shares issued by Valmet Automotive for a 22 % ownership in the company. The companies will together build capabilities to support European automotive manufacturers and their suppliers by engineering EV drive train solutions and supplying battery packs to them. The partnership of Valmet Automotive and CATL will focus on project management, engineering and battery pack supply for EVs.  (Source: Valmet)

The city of Paris has inaugurated electric commercial vehicle (EV) car sharing service for professionals, ‘VULe Partagés’. The PSA Group is equipping 80% of the vehicle fleet put into service. Out of 10 vehicles available, 4 Peugeot Partner and 4 Citroën Berlingo are made available to users.  (Source: PSA Group)

Samsung SDI has started supplying lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for E-Z-GO as part of its efforts to expand into non-IT devices and vehicles. The company formed a strategic partnership with Textron Specialized Vehicles for supplying li-ion batteries to run E-Z-GO golf cars. Under the contract, Samsung SDI will supply its cylindrical batteries for E-Z-GO to activate the ELiTE Series of electric golf cars.  (Source: Korea Herald)

The Transport Ministry expects the cabinet to approve a plan to buy 200 EVs for 3.3 billion baht ($94 million) and have them ready for service by the end of the year. This would allow the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority to begin operating the ebus service later this year. Tests on hybrid buses produced by Hino Motors Sales (Thailand) for public transport showed the EVs use half of the energy of diesel buses.  (Source: Bangkok Post)

Tesla Motors and Southern California Edison unveiled an energy storage facility. The facility at the utility’s Mira Loma substation in Ontario contains about 400 Tesla PowerPack units on a 1.5-acre which can store enough energy to power 2,500 homes for a day or 15,000 homes for four hours. Tesla and Edison sealed the deal on the project in September as part of a state-mandated effort to compensate for the hobbled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.  (Source: Los Angeles Times)

Maxwell Technologies announced a definitive agreement with CRRC Qingdao Sifang Rolling Stock Research Institute (CRRC-SRI) to localize manufacturing of its ultracapacitor-based modules for use in the China new energy bus market. Under the terms of the agreement, localized production of its ultracapacitor-based modules is expected to begin in China in 2H17. The production of bus modules extends the company’s strategic partnership with CRRC-SRI and should enable the company to compete more effectively in the China bus market.  (Source: Maxwell Technologies)

AltaGas has commissioned a 20 megawatt (MW) energy storage facility at its Pomona generation facility in the East Los Angeles Basin of Southern California. The li-ion battery system was built as part of 10-year energy storage resource adequacy purchase agreement (ESA) signed with Southern California Edison in 2016. The battery storage facility is designed to store 20MW of electricity in 12,240 li-ion batteries in 1,020 racks and can deliver 80MWh of electricity during peak periods of energy demand to meet the electricity needs of approximately 15,000 homes over four hours per day.  (Source: Energy Business Review)

Total is planning a network of charging points at about 300 of its petrol stations across France. The company could install charging points mostly outside city centers. Their plan consists of looking at how to create a charging point network around French highways to have charging points every 150 or 160 km (100 miles) because of demand from clients.  (Source: Reuters)

The Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant will produce EVs of the new product brand EQ. The agreement between the company and the works council also allocates the production of the next generation E-Class to the Sindelfingen plant. The plant will be appointed as lead plant for the S- and E-Class production within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars.  (Source: Daimler)

The Empire State Development (ESD) announced that Eastman Kodak Company, in partnership with New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) will install two multi-user battery cell assembly lines at the Eastman Business Park (EBP) site in Rochester. The site will serve battery and capacitor development and production companies.  The lines will complement existing roll-to-roll (R2R) coating capability and expertise at Kodak; a battery assembly prototype lab at Rochester Institute of Technology; and the BEST Test and Commercialization Center, a battery cell commercialization and testing center in the same building at EBP.  (Source: Empire State Development)

Hawaiian Electric is teaming up with Nissan to offer customers a $10,000 rebate on a Leaf. Customers on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island must show their electric bill, along with a special flyer to receive a $10,000 rebate (off MSRP) on a model year 2016 or 2017 sedan. In addition to the rebate, customers can also receive up to $7,500 in federal tax incentives. The offer expires on March 31 or while supplies last.  (Source: KHON2)

NZ Bus will begin trial of a BYD ebus in Auckland and Wellington. The company will trial the ebus as part of its strategy to lead the transition to electric-powered public transport in New Zealand. The trial of ebus is expected to last up to three months.  (Source: Scoop.NZ)

Kyocera has developed a residential power storage system consisting of a12 kilowatt-hour (kWh)-class li-ion battery and a power conditioner. The power storage unit was developed by Sekisui Chemical and a film-type li-ion battery was employed for it. The power conditioner is manufactured by Kyocera.  (Source: Japan Today)

Grafoid introduced its patent pending GrafeneX graphene coatings technology. GrafeneX creates a platform for the deposition of graphene and chemically functionalized graphene coatings. The process enables the company to apply its graphene-based coatings to many different types of material substrates with controllable levels of surface coverage, thickness etc.  (Source: Grafoid)

Blue Bird has received a $4.4M award from the Department of Energy to develop a low cost, zero-emissions, 100% V2G electric school bus. The V2G technology will allow the bus to put electricity back into the grid – which may help bring much-needed funds to school districts. The company expects to roll out its ebus in 2019.  (Source: Blue Bird Corporation)


Industry Indices






































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. 

To view the blog, CLICK HERE  

 About NAATBatt International

NAATBatt is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the commercial interests of its members by supporting developments in advanced battery technology consistent with the goals of enhancing energy efficiency, reducing petroleum dependence and enabling carbon-free electricity generation.  NAATBatt’s programs, committees and publications help its members increase their knowledge and grow their business in one of the most important industries of the 21st Century.

Are you part of the industry, or do you just work in it?

For information about NAATBatt International and the benefits of membership, CLICK HERE

To apply for membership in NAATBatt International, CLICK HERE

List of NAATBatt Members
NAATBatt Board of Directors
NAATBatt Officers