August 12, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 33
NAATBatt Member News
Focus Graphite is pleased to announce it has successfully purified fine flake graphite – sourced at its wholly owned Lac Knife, Quebec deposit – from 95% to 99.99% purity using a proprietary energy efficient purification process. Focus Graphite’s Proprietary Process Purifies Fine Flake Graphite to 99.99% level for a New Generation of Lithium-Ion Batteries http://www.focusgraphite.com/news-2016/fine-flake-graphite/
The NAATBatt Advanced Battery Recycling Policy Committee will hold its organizational meeting in the Amethyst Room of the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi, Michigan on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. EDT (during The Battery Show). The mission of the Committee is to coordinate an industry response to calls for the recycling of high voltage lithium-ion batteries in the United States. The meeting will discuss what is driving calls for recycling and how producers and users of high voltage lithium-ion batteries should respond. Lithium-ion batteries used in automotive, ESS and industrial applications will be covered. All concerned stakeholders are invited to join the discussion. Click here for more details and to register.
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 of 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; make your reservations now.
NAATBatt International and the Bus Battery Committee of SAE International Ground Vehicle Council are continuing their work on surveying existing standards and promulgating new standards and best practices for electric and hybrid-electric bus batteries. NAATBatt and SAE are working with the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) on this project. The committee held its second meeting last week and a new SAE Technical Information Report, J3125, has been opened and is under development. NAATBatt members interested in electric and hybrid electric bus technology are strongly encouraged to join the committee and get involved in its work. Please see the Member Advertising and Announcements section at the end of this newsletter to read the call for membership and for information about how to join. A joint meeting of the NAATBatt and SAE Bus Battery Committee will be held during The Battery Show, on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 7:00-8:15 a.m. EDT. The meeting will be located in the Amethyst Room of the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi, MI.
NAATBatt International will 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. E-mail Jim Greenberger to reserve space in the booth. For more information about The Battery Show, click here.
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.
NAATBatt International welcomes Renewance Inc. as NAATBatt’s newest Silver level member. Renewance Inc. supports industrial battery manufacturers, battery energy storage system integrators and operators of battery energy storage systems with cradle to grave responsible stewardship solutions for industrial batteries. We are excited about battery energy storage systems emerging as key enabler for integration of more renewable power into the power generation mix and a more reliable and resilient electricity grid, and we are passionate about ensuring responsible stewardship in this industry. For more information about Renewance, go to: http://www.renewance.net
Advanced Battery Industry News
Nissan Motor is in talks with Panasonic and overseas companies including Chinese firms over the possible sale of its controlling stake in Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), which makes lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). The company wants to sell its 51% stake in the battery manufacturing venture, which is jointly owned by NEC. Tesla Motors, which currently procures batteries for its EVs from Panasonic, is planning to boost its total vehicle production to 500,000 in 2018 – two years earlier than its original target. (Source: Reuters)
Kokam announced that Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has awarded it a contract to develop a 36-megawatt (MW) system / 13-megawatt hour (MWh) energy storage system (ESS) for frequency regulation at the Non-Gong substation in South Korea. The project features a combination of two of the company’s li-ion battery technologies — ultra high power nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) and NANO battery technology. Work on the project began in June 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by December of 2016. (Source: Kokam)
Wanxiang Group plans to build an EV plant in Hangzhou, China. The investment value for the proposed project will be 2.5 billion yuan ($375 million) and the factory will have capacity to manufacture 50,000 EVs annually. The company purchased the bankrupt Fisker Automotive and has restarted the company as Karma. It plans to mainly produce cars on the Karma platform at the China plant, including extended-range versions of the Karma and Atlantic models. (Source: Bloomberg)
Johnson Matthey and 3M have entered into a patent license agreement to expand the use of NMC cathode materials in li-ion batteries for automotive applications. Under the agreement, 3M is granting Johnson Matthey a license to US6964828, US7078128, US8241791, US8685565 and all global equivalents thereof, and to US6660432 and all global equivalents thereof. Through focused product development and customization, Johnson Matthey will deliver NMC technologies to the market to help support and enable powertrain electrification. (Source: Johnson Matthey)
BASF is in talks with Toda Kogyo on collaborating in cathode active materials (CAM) and precursors in North America. The partnership would focus on manufacturing a broad range of CAM and precursors for use in li-ion batteries for the automotive, consumer electronics and stationary storage markets. Last year, the companies set up, BASF Toda Battery Materials, to provide CAM for li-ion batteries in Japan. (Source: ICIS News)
Focus Graphite announced it has successfully purified fine flake graphite – sourced at its wholly owned Lac Knife, Quebec deposit – from 95% to 99.99% purity using a proprietary energy efficient purification process. The company could have technology to economically purify low value fine flake graphite or, “fines” to a high value material needed for the production of li-ion batteries. The company is at an advanced stage in testing high purity level graphite for use in battery and other high-tech applications. (Source: Focus Graphite)
VDL Bus & Coach will unveil its full electric bus (ebus), MidBasic Electric, in Germany. The ebus is a community bus with 8+1 seats that is designed to transport small numbers of passengers in sparsely populated areas. Depending on the selected powertrain and battery package, the VDL MidBasic Electric has a range of 200 to 300 kilometers (or 124 to 186 miles). (Source: VDL Bus & Coach)
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is working with BYD and Go-Ahead Singapore on a six-month trial to assess the suitability of ebuses for public transport. BYD will provide the necessary charging infrastructure at Go-Ahead’s depot in Loyang to support the K9 ebus operation. Go-Ahead Singapore, which won a government bus tender, will run 25 bus routes in the Pasir Ris and Punggol areas. (Source: Strait Times)
Twenty eight EV charging companies (including ChargePoint and EV Connect) wrote to the U.S. Justice Department calling for independent oversight of the $2 billion Volkswagen AG is required to invest in clean car infrastructure so that the automaker does not have the power to shape the car charging space. The $2 billion VW is required to invest ($1.2 billion nationally and $800 million in California) will be overseen by the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (Source: Reuters)
Australia‘s government has preliminarily blocked Chinese and Hong Kong bidders from taking a controlling stake in the country’s largest electricity network, citing worries over national security. State Grid Corp and Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings (CKI) were attempting to buy a 50.4% controlling stake in Ausgrid (New South Wales‘s electricity distribution network). Australia’s move comes as the U.K. has postponed approval for the Hinkley Point nuclear power project, in which China’s General Nuclear Power Corporation will have a minority stake, on similar concerns. (Source: BBC)
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.
To view the blog, CLICK HERE
Member Advertising and Announcements
Call for Experts by the Bus Battery Committee of SAE International Ground Vehicle Council
The Bus Battery Committee of SAE International Ground Vehicle Council is conducting a membership drive. The purpose of the Committee is to promulgate standards and best practices with respect to electric and hybrid electric bus drivetrains that can be used by transit agencies, bus manufacturers and regulators to ensure public safety and the cost-effective operation of electrified buses. SAE International encourages all relevant stakeholders and experts to participate in this important process. The Committee’s work is likely to affect significantly the design and procurement of electrified buses over the next decade. For information, please contact Pat Ebejer of SAE International.
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