July 29, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 31
NAATBatt Member News
The NAATBatt 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference will be held on March 14-16, 2017 at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park (Phoenix), Arizona. The2017 annual program will include many of the features that have made past programs so popular: surveys of the advanced battery market, theadvanced battery innovation summit, analysis of M&A, venture and IP activity related toadvanced batteries, member update presentations, the golf and tennis tournament, and the best networking in the industry. Members and non-members are welcome. More details about the program will be available soon.
NAATBatt International has been selected to facilitate iStorage, the 2016 Peer Review Meeting for the U.S. Department of Energy/Office of Electricity’s energy storage program. iStorage will be held on September 25-28, 2016, at The Renaissance Hotel, DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C. More than 100 recipients of DOE funding will make presentations at the meeting. Information about iStorage can be found by clicking here. Make your reservations at the Renaissance Hotel by clicking here. Hotel rooms may be limited, so make your reservations soon!
NAATBatt International will again be a supporting organization of The Battery Show on September 13-16, 2016, in Novi, Michigan. Several NAATBatt members will be speaking during the program and at least three NAATBatt committee meetings (electric bus safety, advanced battery recycling and board of directors) will take place in conjunction with the show. Gold and Platinum level NAATBatt members may use the NAATBatt booth during the show to exhibit displays and literature without charge. For more information about The Battery Show, click here.
As announced in a previous Executive Director’s Notes, NAATBatt International will organize an industry-led response to growing calls for a safe and effective system for recycling large format advanced batteries, which are increasingly being placed into commerce in vehicles, stationary energy storage systems and industrial applications. An initial call of the committee in formation to address this issue will be held on August 11. NAATBatt members interested in participating in this initiative should contact Jim Greenberger to get on the committee mailing list.
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
Murata Manufacturing and Sony announced that they have entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) that confirms their intent to negotiate the transfer of the Sony Group’s battery business to the Murata Group. The companies are aiming to execute binding definitive agreements by the middle of October 2016, and to complete the transfer by the end of March 2017, subject to required regulatory approvals. The parties expect the transfer to include the battery business conducted by Sony Energy Devices, Sony’s wholly-owned subsidiary in Japan; Sony’s battery-related manufacturing operations located in China and Singapore; and assets and personnel assigned to the battery business at the Sony Group’s sales and R&D sites in Japan and worldwide. (Source: Sony)
FMC is planning to accelerate the expansion of its global lithium hydroxide production capacity as a result of a new multi-year supply agreement with a major manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs). The company had previously announced plans to triple its global lithium hydroxide production capacity with the first 4,000 metric tons per year scheduled to come on line in mid-2017. Based on this announcement, an additional 4,000 metric ton expansion will come on line in 2017, raising the company’s total global lithium hydroxide capacity to 18,000 metric tons. (Source: FMC)
Qualcomm and Lear announced that they have entered into a wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) license agreement. Lear will be including Qualcomm Halo™ WEVC technology in its product portfolio to commercialize WEVC systems for EV manufacturers, as well as wireless charging infrastructure companies. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted Lear a royalty bearing license to develop, make and supply WEVC systems based on Qualcomm Halo technology. (Source: Qualcomm)
UQM Technologies announced that it has signed an extension to its long-term supply agreement with Proterra® to support Proterra’s growth demands. The company is the primary supplier of electric propulsion systems to the electric bus (ebus) company, which has reached two million miles of revenue service, with customers in various states that include California, Washington, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, South Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts Kentucky, and Nevada. (Source: UQM Technologies)
Maxwell Technologies announced its ultracapacitors are used for regenerative braking energy storage in the Beijing subway system. The installation is the first commercial subway wayside project for the company and China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC-SRI) in China. CRRC-SRI will leverage Maxwell’s 48-volt modules in two sets of regenerative braking energy storage devices for the system’s No. 8 line. (Source: Maxwell Technologies)
Mercedes-Benz unveiled its all-electric Urban eTruck that has an admissible total weight of 26 tonnes. The etruck is powered by a battery pack consisting of three lithium ion (li-ion) battery modules that provides a range of up to 200 kilometers (124 miles) – enough for a typical daily delivery tour. (Source: Mercedes Benz)
(VDL Bus & Coach introduced the Citea LLE-99 Electric. The ebus is built with a 150 kW electric motor and 180 kWh battery pack. It possible to install a pantograph system in addition to the standard charging connector, allowing rapid charging at up to 270 kW. (Source: VDL Bus & Coach)
Porsche is pushing to get its battery-powered model on to the market in 2019 and is spending about €1bn (£836m; $1.1bn) to get it on the road. The automaker is creating 1,400 jobs to develop its EV – the Mission E. The new jobs will be based at Porsche’s plant in Zuffenhausen. (Source: BBC News)
Seattle City Lights will launch a pilot program to install charging stations in several hundred homes and also foot the bill for 20 fast-charging stations around the city where motorists can charge EVs in as little as 30 minutes. The vast majority of Seattle City Light’s electricity — nearly 90% in 2014 — comes from carbon-free hydropower. (Source: Seattle Times)
Adara Power announced that its energy storage system (ESS), a stackable 8.6 kilowatt-hour (kWh), 5.5 kW li-ion battery system, has been added to the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) list of qualified equipment for customer self supply (CSS) installations. Residential solar customers in Hawaii are now able to install rooftop solar PV with an Adara energy storage system and Schneider Context XW + 5548 or 6848 NA inverters while preventing export to the grid. (Source: Adara Power)
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the Clemson Area Transit (CAT) about $4 million to buy ebuses. The grant is part of $55 million given to 20 transit providers in 13 states under an FTA program that funds transit buses with zero emissions or low emissions. CAT already operates six ebuses in the city of Seneca that were manufactured by Proterra. (Source: Greenville News)
Pierce Transit (Washington) has won a $2.55 million federal grant that will allow the agency to buy its first two ebuses from Proterra. Pierce Transit will buy the 40-foot Catalyst model, which can seat 40 passengers and run up to 62 miles between charges. The Catalyst can recharge within 10 minutes. (Source: The News Tribune)
Columbia’s bus service, COMO Connect, received a $1.7 million grant to help fund ebuses from the Federal Transit Administration. COMO Connect expects to replace diesel buses in its fleet with at least three 30-foot ebuses that will be funded through the Low or No Emissions Vehicle Program grant. The city is scheduled to get three new ebuses in mid-August. (Source: Missourian)
Researchers from MIT, in partnership with Ford Motor, will roll out three on-demand EV shuttles at the school in September. Around 50 to 100 users will be tasked with testing the efficiency of the EVs by using a smartphone app to request a lift and get to where they’re going. It would be like MIT’s very own Uber, but with tiny cars and on school grounds. (Source: Boston Globe)
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Executive Director’s Notes
|Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “Venture and Capital Markets Activity in Advanced Batteries Picks Up in 2Q 2016“, in the NAATBatt blog.
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