August 19, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 34
NAATBatt Member News
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.
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.
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 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 International will host a one-day Workshop on Advanced Battery Recycling at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The workshop will examine the recycling of high voltage advanced batteries used in automotive, industrial and ESS applications. Speakers will discuss how China and the EU have chosen to regulate the disposition of high voltage advanced batteries at the end of their useful lives and the factors that might drive the implementation of a mandatory recycling regime in the United States. The economics and technologies for recycling advanced batteries will be discussed. More information about the workshop will be available soon under “Events” on the NAATBatt website at www.naatbatt.org.
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
Volkswagen will soon unveil a long-range 300-plus-mile electric car. The unnamed vehicle will be equipped with a cargo space of the Passat sedan. The company confirmed the production version of the car will be sent into development in 2018 or 2019. (Source: Deecan Chronicle)
Electrovaya and wholly owned subsidiary, Litarion GmbH, have introduced its next generation Litacell™, LC-44. The Litacell™ LC-44 with higher energy density and able to deliver 44 amp-hours (Ah) in the same geometry as the 40 Ah Litacell™ LC-40. The LC-44 is available to OEMs and battery pack integrators with deliveries starting this quarter. The cell uses NMC/graphite based electrode chemistry. (Source: Electrovaya)
The Canberra Institute of Technology has opened its ITP Renewables’ Lithium-ion Battery Test Centre. The facility will run a $600,000 trial over a three-year period that will test five li-ion batteries against one conventional lead acid battery, one advanced lead battery and the Tesla’s Powerwall in a climate controlled building. The batteries will be tested under Australian conditions for the temperature they would experience in homes. (Source: Cootamundra Herald)
The state of California is planning to introduce legislation that would require 15% of all new automobiles be emission-free within a decade. Under current law, automakers accumulate credits for selling vehicles with cleaner technology and must hit annual targets. Vehicles with longer range get extra credit – enabling some automakers to stockpile credits for future use. (Source: ABC News)
The AES Corporation announced its subsidiary, AES Energy Storage, has entered into two contracts with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). AES will install and commission two energy storage arrays totaling 37.5 MW using its Advancion® energy storage solution at sites in San Diego County, California. The SDG&E-owned energy storage arrays will help to improve regional reliability and integrate greater amounts of renewable energy when operational by the end of January 2017. (Source: AES)
Mineral Resources has begun talks with parties interested in acquiring its 41.3% stake in the Mt Marion lithium project. Mt Marion, which is due to commence exports within months, is jointly owned by junior Neometals and Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, China’s largest lithium producer. Ganfeng has already agreed to buy 100% of the mine’s production for its first three years. (Source: AFR)
Elcora Advanced Materials announced it has developed a proprietary technology to reduce or eliminate several stages of the li-ion battery anode manufacturing process. The traditional method of graphite preparation for anodes includes spheronization, purification and coatings. The company’s processes are designed to reduce or eliminate these stages that would reduce the carbon and energy footprint of the anodes and to reduce costs. (Source: Elcora Advanced Materials Corporation)
A new venture called ‘EVEN Electric‘ was announced. The company is planning to create a global sales and distribution network for EV transportation by offering multi-brand new and pre-owned vehicles through a retail and online customer experience. EVEN will maintain EV inventories at centralized processing centers in key countries. Once selected, a vehicle will be shipped to the nearest ‘Customer Centre’. Vehicle deliveries – as well as service – can occur at either the Customer Centre, or directly in an owner’s driveway. (Source: EVEN Electric)
Researchers at MIT have completed a study that shows wholesale replacement of conventional vehicles with electric vehicles (EVs) is possible. About 90% of the personal vehicles on the road daily could be replaced by a low-cost EV which would lead to an approximately 30% reduction in emissions from transportation — when accounting for the emissions today from the power plants that provide the electricity. The team spent four years on the project, which included developing a way of integrating two huge datasets that included encompass millions of trips made by drivers all around the country. (Source: Phys Org)
Bolivia has made its first shipment of lithium to China. The price tag of $70,000 for 10 tonnes of lithium carbonate could be viewed as symbolic than profitable. The country’s 9 tonnes of potential resources trails that of Chile and Australia. (Source: Financial Times)
Macarthur Minerals announced it has agreed to acquire the Stonewall Project in Nevada, which is prospective for lithium. It covers an area of approximately 5,700 acres (23 km2) and the majority of a Salt Lake Playa in Nevada’s Lida Valley Basin, the adjacent basin to the Clayton Valley Basin, which hosts the United States’ only producing lithium mine. The Stonewall Project is considered essentially “drill ready” and a United States mineral exploration company is being engaged to undertake a shallow drilling program for due diligence purposes. (Source: Macarthur Minerals Limited)
Executive Director’s Notes
|Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “The Case for Recycling High Voltage Advanced Batteries“, 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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