April 14, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 15

NAATBatt Member News

Repurposing Workshop banner logoRegister now for the Workshop on xEV Battery Repurposing and Reuse on May 11, 2017 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 opportunity. 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 here for more information about the program.

NAATBatt has renewed it relationship with Solar Promotions and will include both Intersolar/ees Europe and Intersolar/ees North America in NAATBatt’s 2017 Sponsored Conference Program. At Sponsored Conferences, NAATBatt members can use the NAATBatt booth to distribute literature and printed information about members’ own products and services. This is a free benefit offered to all member firms. Members also have the opportunity to co-sponsor the NAATBatt booth for an additional charge. Co-sponsoring members can help man the booth and display signs and exhibits. It’s a great way to “try out” a trade show and determine its return on investment.

eesEU_LogoIntersolar/ees Europe runs May 31 – June 2 in Munich, Germany. The show features some of the leading solar equipment and energy storage equipment providers in Europe. Information about the Intersolar/ees Europe show can be seen by clicking here.

Joint logo ees Intersolar NAIntersolar/ees North America runs July 11-13 in the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, California. Co-located with Semicon, the show is the largest trade show each year in San Francisco. This year will mark NAATBatt’s fourth year supporting the show. Information about Intersolar/ees North America can be seen by clicking here. Speaking opportunities for NAATBatt member firms at the North American show are still available. Contact Jim Greenberger for details.

NAATBatt will have a booth at both Intersolar/ees shows. Co-exhibitor opportunities are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Contact Jim Greenberger for details.

JPE Conference banner logoNDIA 2017 Joint Service Power Expo will be held May 2-4, 2017 at Virginia Beach, VA. Consider attending this important event, which is focused on applications and users and is the main DoD- and Government-oriented portable power conference this year.  Each day the Expo will have at least three tracks of presentations, as well as exhibits on May 2-3. For additional info, please see the website at http://www.ndia.org/events/2017/5/2/2017-joint-service-power-expo. The hotel room reservation cut-off date has been extended to Thursday, April 13th, 2017. Contact Sue Waggoner if you have any questions about the program.

DNV GL:  DNV GL’s Energy Executive Forum — May 16-19, 2017 —  Monarch DNV.GLBeach 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:   www.energyexecutiveforum.com         

alabama graphiteAlabama Graphite Corp.:  Alabama Graphite Corp. Announces Research Partnership with United States Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Receives Positive Preliminary Battery-Ready Graphite Test Results     For press release, Click Here

Amer ManganeseAmerican Manganese Inc.: Successful Leaching 100% Nickel, Manganese, Cobalt (NMC) and Lithium Using American Manganese Inc.’s Patent Pending Process For Recycling Lithium Electric Vehicle Batteries    For press release, Click Here


AeroVironment:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) Selects AeroVironment TurboDock Electric Vehicle Charging Station for its Green Initiative Program    For press release, Click Here

See Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter for announcements from DNV GL and Argonne National Lab.

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.

New Member

Li-Cycle-LogoLi-Cycle Corp. is NAATBatt International’s newest Silver member. Li-Cycle is a Canadian-based clean tech company, developing a novel, profitable and sustainable technology to recycle spent lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are increasingly powering our world in automotive, consumer electronic, and energy storage applications. However, is the world prepared to handle millions of discarded lithium-ion batteries? There is a rapidly growing need for a profitable and environmentally friendly li-ion battery recycling solution – Li-Cycle Technology™ is designed to meet this need. For more information about Li-Cyle Corp., go to: https://www.li-cycle.com/.  

Advanced Battery Industry News

Vestas (Denmark) is seeking to expand into areas such as energy storage to increase the global use of wind power and bring costs down. The wind turbine maker could consider buying small stakes in many companies that produce industrial batteries before pursuing a major acquisition. Vestas has 3.2 billion euro ($3.4 billion) in cash and no debt.  (Source: Reuters)

BYD is talking to lithium producers in Chile about potential deals to secure supplies. The company is considering various options ranging from partnerships to supply agreements and direct investments. Beijing wants to double electric vehicle (EV) battery capacity by 2020 and has encouraged producers to invest overseas.  (Source: Financial Times)

Alabama Graphite has entered into a research partnership with the United States Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ONRL).  The company has received early preliminary test results that showed lithium ion (li-ion) battery cycling efficiencies of 95.21% for its 19-micron coated spherical graphite (CSPG) and 97.40% for its 26-micron CSPG during second-cycle Coulombic efficiencies.  Although preliminary and not optimized, these early results indicate Alabama Graphite’s material could outperform synthetic graphite.  (Source: Alabama Graphite)

Mitsubishi announced that it will be working through Enspire ME, a 50/50 JV established between Mitsubishi and Eneco (Netherlands) to provide services based on a battery energy storage system (BESS).  Enspire ME will construct the BESS with a maximum storage capacity of approximately 48MW/50MWh in Jardelund, located in the state of Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany. Construction is targeted for completion by year-end.  (Source: Mitsubishi Corporation)

Chongqing Changan Automobile and Nio (formerly known as NextEV) are forming a joint venture (JV) to cooperate on researching and selling EVs. The JV will also focus on and share resources related to smart vehicle technology. Nio has also partnered with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group to produce EVs on a contract basis. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.  (Source: Reuters)

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) announced it will work with Wal-Mart Stores to deploy its Hybrid Electric Building® technology in select Walmart stores in the U.S. In the first phase of the project, AMS will install 40 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy storage systems at 27 Walmart locations in Southern California.  (Source: Advanced Microgrid Solutions)

Uber has launched its first EV initiative in Portland, Oregon. The company has similar pilot projects in London, Johannesburg, Paris, Madrid and Lisbon. Drive Oregon is partnering with Uber for the project and the EVs will be purchased by Xchange Leasing and made available to drivers.  (Source: Oregon Business)

Britain has awarded millions of pounds to help boost manufacturing of EV batteries, including a project to build the country’s second purpose-built electric battery plant and another to make the technology more powerful. The Ministry has allocated over 100 million pounds ($124 million) in investment in multiple projects including with Ford and in the development of lightweight technologies at Jaguar Land Rover.  (Source: Reuters)

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District and its partners, including the California Air Resources Board, San Francisco Goodwill, the Center for Transportation and the Environment and BYD have kicked off a project to test the viability of deploying a fleet of electric delivery trucks (etrucks) in the region. Eleven etrucks in total will serve Goodwill locations in the counties of San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin. The effort is to provide a national model for electrifying Goodwill’s entire truck fleet.  (Source: NGT)

AeroVironment announced that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will install 102 of its TurboDock charging stations in its parking structures. The TurboDock is designed for commercial applications like those found in Atlanta and other EV markets. Out of the box, TurboDock charges at either Level 1 (12 amps/120 volts), or at Level 2 (16 amps/240 volts). (Source: AeroVironment)

American Manganese (AMI) announced that Kemetco Research has successfully extracted nickel, manganese, cobalt and lithium from an NMC cathode material chemistry using AMI’s proprietary hydrometallurgical process. Seven leach tests were conducted with a range of conditions.  Extractions of 100% for nickel, manganese, cobalt and lithium were achieved from cathode powders used in li-ion batteries.  The time required to extract these metals ranged from 30 to 120 minutes, depending on the leaching conditions.  (Source: American Manganese)


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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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