March 24, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 12

NAATBatt Member News

Battery Show EUROPE Conference logo-NEWNAATBatt International will have a booth at The Battery Show Europe on April 4-6, 2017 in Sindelfingen, Germany. The Battery Show Europe is the first European battery show that will be produced by Smarter Shows, the trade show promoter that produces The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan, with which NAATBatt has had a long association. NAATBatt uses trade show booths to highlight the goods and services of its member firms. NAATBatt members are invited to use the NAATBatt booth to display members’ own literature and printed material at The Battery Show Europe.  Contact Jim Greenberger for instructions on where to ship your materials. You do not have to attend the show to take advantage of this service.

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 9.32.39 PMThe latest edition of the Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge™ report, specially produced for NAATBatt and its members by IP Checkups, has been posted on the NAATBatt website. The current report tracks worldwide patent filings relating to battery and ultracapacitor technology. NAATBatt members may view the report by going to the NAATBatt website,, clicking on “Publications” and selecting “PatentEdge Survey” from the drop down menu. Access to the ABC PatentEdge report is a special benefit of NAATBatt membership. There is no better place to see where the major players in battery technology are really making their bets. The current report covers all filings made in 2016.

Repurposing Workshop banner logoNAATBatt 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. Click the adjoining banner for more information about the program.

DNV.GLDNV GL:  DNV GL’s Energy Executive Forum — May 16-19, 2017 —  Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA.   At the Energy Executive Forum 2017, DNV GL will lead a conversation to explore the dynamics of winning business models and the major factors that will drive success in this converging market. This is about inclusion, not disruption.   For more information and to register, click:

JCESR logoJoint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR):  JCESR and Argonne National Lab will be holding a symposium titled “Energy Storage: The Synergies with Electric Vehicle Transportation and PV Solar Generation”  at UC San Diego  on April 5-6, 2017For more information and to register,  click:

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

Sumitomo Electric Industries and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, in cooperation with the State of California and San Diego Gas & Electric have started the demonstration of a redox flow battery system in California. The system (2 megawatt / 8 megawatt-hours x 4 hours) was constructed for a power grid at a substation in San Diego. It will evaluate the management of surplus electricity and regulation of grid frequency and voltage fluctuation.  (Source: Sumitomo Electric)

LG Chem is expanding its energy storage system (ESS) production lines in Nanjing, China, as the company has recently won multiple contracts. The specific size of investment to this end and the number of production lines to be added have yet to be disclosed. The company is planning to export the systems it produces there to the United States and Europe without selling them in China.  (Source: Business Korea)

Austria is creating a nationwide network of charging stations for EVs. From April, 11 electricity suppliers will combine their charging stations into one network of 1,300 public points throughout the Alpine republic. Verbund is working with Siemens on this effort. Drivers can sign up with any one of the 11 suppliers and use all the stations within the combined network, rather than have separate contracts with each company.  (Source: Reuters)

Renault Twizy

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Nissan has teamed up with the city of Yokohama, Japan to launch a ‘round-trip’ car sharing service (unlike the prior two-year trial). The service will utilize the Renault Twizy electric vehicle (EV). The automaker is charging 250 yen per 15 minutes, plus a 200 yen basic charge, which equals to $2.2 and $1.8 respectively, at the current exchange rates. The maximum daily charge is 3,000 yen ($26).  (Source: Carscoops)

Saft has won a contract to supply two Seanergy® marine lithium-ion (li-ion) battery systems to Rolls-Royce Marine for integration in the hybrid propulsion systems for the polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough. The vessel is being commissioned by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council for operation by the British Antarctic Survey. The company will deliver the two battery systems to the Cammell Laird in December.  (Source: Saft)

Toshiba announced the results of field tests of electric buses (ebuses) charged with its wireless rapid rechargeable battery system. The tests, carried out with the cooperation of Waseda University, concluded that using the ebuses to replace standard diesel buses could cut CO2 emissions from daily operation by up to 60%. The project was supported by the Ministry of the Environment’s Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Program. The ebuses were customized to run on Toshiba’s SCiB rechargeable batteries with recharging carried out with a magnetic resonance system operating.  (Source: PhysOrg)

New York is planning to spend $4.8 million to install 450 charging stations for EVs in the Capital Region and across the state. The stations will be built in Albany, the Hudson Valley, Utica, Westchester County, New York City, Long Island, Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo. The projects will be managed by contractors EV Connect, Energetics and Calstart (Source: Times Union)



Chery Automobile has filed a complaint with China’s Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce over Mercedes-Benz’s use of the ‘EQ’ name for a line of green energy vehicles. Chery has been using the name ‘eQ’ for its EV for two years.  (Source: Reuters)

Uniti and Siemens Nordic PLM have teamed up to build a fully automated car production facility. Dubbed ‘industry 4.0’, the factory will focus on sustainable manufacture of materials for lightweight EVs, as well as the automated assembly of 50,000 of the city cars every year. A fully-functional prototype  will be unveiled this fall and an automated production line will commence set up within 18 months to deliver the first vehicles by 2019.  (Source: Designboom)

Volvo is likely to debut its EV in 2019 that will be priced between $35,000 and $40,000. The vehicle is expected to have at least a 250-mile range. the company plans to decide in the coming months whether it will use an existing nameplate or a standalone model for its EV.  (Source: Auto World News)

Talga Resources announced a joint development agreement (JDA) with Zinergy UK on the development of printed batteries. The company will supply graphene and graphitic carbon ink formulations over an initial 12-month period. Under the terms of the JDA, the companies will collaborate to develop and trial graphene-based conductive ink formulations in components of the patented Zinergy ultra-thin printed battery.  (Source: Talga Resources)

Great Lakes Graphite announced a partnership with Ashland Advanced Materials (AAM) to develop the capability for industrial scale purification of micronized graphite. The company will leverage AAM’s purification capabilities to supply to the energy storage and li-ion battery markets.  (Source: Great Lakes Graphite)



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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “Vehicle Electrification is Charging Ahead Again, in the NAATBatt blog. 

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