August 26, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 35
NAATBatt Member News
Albemarle Corporation, a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate conversion assets and supporting business functions currently operated by Jiangxi Jiangli New Materials Science and Technology Co. Ltd. (“Jiangli New Materials”).
Albemarle signs definitive agreement to acquire lithium salts production assets in Asia
Grafoid Inc., a world leading graphene research, application development and investment company, is pleased to announce the Australian patent office, IP Australia, has ruled on the validity of a process that converts raw graphite ore to graphene.
The Australian Patent Office Confers “Graphite Ore-to-Graphene Production Process” Patent Rights
Battery Innovation Center (BIC) together with Lightening Motorcycles have issued an RFP for high energy lithium-ion batteries. Lightening Motorcycles produces the world’s fastest production bike and is looking to produce a motorcycle that can make the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a single charge. For information about the RFP and to respond, see the details in the “Members Advertising and Announcement” section of this newsletter below. Responses are due on September 23.
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.
NAATBatt International is pleased to welcome RSR Technologies as NAATBatt’s newest Silver level member. RSR Technologies is a research and development group focused on battery recycling and end of life of all battery chemistries with a focus on lead acid. RSR Technologies is an affiliate of Ecobat Technologies, the world’s largest producer of lead (840,000 tonnes/p.a.) with 29 facilities located in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information about RSR Technologies and Ecobat Technologies, go to: http://ecobatgroup.com/ecobatgroup-en/index.php
Advanced Battery Industry News
Albemarle has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate conversion assets and supporting business functions currently operated by Jiangxi Jiangli New Materials Science and Technology (Jiangli New Materials). The transaction includes manufacturing assets located in both Jiangxi and Sichuan, China focused on the production of battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide. Jiangli New Materials currently tolls lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate for Albemarle utilizing spodumene from Albemarle’s Talison joint venture in Australia. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 1Q17. (Source: Albemarle)
Gree Electric Appliances of Zhuhai is planning to acquire Zhuhai Yinlong New Energy in a 13 billion yuan ($1.95 billion) stock swap. Yinlong has an annual capacity of 33,000 electric buses (ebuses) between a plant in Guangdong Province and two more in Hebei Province. The company built 3,189 units last year, making it the seventh-largest ebus manufacturer in China. (Source: Nikkei Asian Review)
Siemens has launched an interoperable charging infrastructure for ebuses which capable of charging vehicles from different manufacturers. Hamburger Hochbahn (Germany based) will begin operation of three additional ebuses on its ‘innovation line’ 109. The Solaris ebuses (Poland based) will be charged at the same Siemens charging stations that also power the plug-in hybrid buses from Volvo which have been serving Hamburg since the end of 2014. (Source: ITS International)
Tesla Motors has unveiled versions of its Model S sedan and Model X sport-utility vehicle with 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) batteries providing the electric vehicles (EVs) with a range of 315 miles. The largest battery size was 90 kwh. The upgrade allows the company to sell a P100 version of the EVs in a “Ludicrous Mode”. (Source: Tesla Motors)
Kandi Technologies Group announced that Kandi Electric Vehicles Group (a 50/50 joint venture between Kandi and Geely Automobile Holdings) has unveiled its all-electric EV model named the “Global Hawk K21”. The EV has a top speed of 100+ kilometers/hour (km/h) or over 62 miles per-hour with a driving range exceeding 150km (or 93 miles) on a single full charge. The Global Hawk is expected to be available to the market in early 2017. (Source: Kandi Technologies Group)
Thai Electric Vehicle (TEV) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Beiqi Foton Motor (China based) to transfer ebus assembly technology to Thailand. The vehicles will be produced (possibly in 2018) under the TEV brand. Prior to production, TEV will import 100 buses from China to be sold locally next year, mainly to the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, state enterprises and tourism-related companies. (Source: Bangkok Post)
Public schools in Cambridge, Massachusetts are one of four districts that will begin using electric school buses (ebuses), along with Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, Amherst Public Schools and Concord Public Schools. The pilot program was made possible through grants from the state’s Department of Energy Resources (up to $350,000 each). The program will be administered by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, with the goal of reducing the schools’ petroleum usage by roughly 22,680 gallons. (Source: Boston Magazine)
Scientists at the Nanostructured Semiconducting Materials Group at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan and at the Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S., have jointly developed an anode material for li-ion rechargeable batteries by forming nanoparticles made of silicon (Si)-metal composites on metal substrates. The resulting anode material had capacity that was almost 2x as high as conventional materials and a long cycle life. The carbon-based materials used as anodes can have capacities up to 370 mAh/g (milliamp-hour/gram). By using pure Si as an anode material, capacities can be increased by more than 10x to 4,200 mAh/g. (Source: PhysOrg)
Ohio State University engineers have developed a “smart” membrane that could enable the development of “redox transistor batteries” for EVs that can travel farther on a single charge. The plastic membrane stops rechargeable batteries from discharging when not in use and allows for rapid recharging. The patent-pending technology was inspired by how living cell membranes transport proteins in the body. (Source: Phys Org)
SolidEnergy Systems has developed an “anode-free” lithium metal battery that could make it 2x as energy-dense, as safe and long-lasting as li-ion batteries The company is planning to bring the batteries to smartphones and wearables by early 2017 and to EVs by 2018. The battery swaps out the common battery anode material, graphite, for very thin, high-energy lithium-metal foil, which can hold more ions. Chemical modifications to the electrolyte make the short-lived and volatile lithium metal batteries rechargeable and safer to use. The batteries can be made using existing li-ion manufacturing equipment. (Source: MIT News)
Grafoid announced the Australian patent office, IP Australia, has ruled on the validity of a process that converts raw graphite ore to graphene. This is the second time a national government has ruled on the validity of the patent application. The first was the U.S. government. It granted Patent 9221867 to the inventors on December 29, 2015. (Source: Grafoid)
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
Request for Proposal: Ultra-high Energy Density Battery for Performance Applications
Lightning Motorcycles produces the world’s fastest production bike. It also happens to be allelectric. Lightning has consistently set new standards for performance in the all‐electric motorcycle segment. After setting the land speed record for all‐electric bikes at 218 mph, Lightning set records by beating all gas (+21 sec) and electric powered bikes (+2 min) at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2013. As the next challenge, Lightning will be the first all‐electric motorcycle to make a trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a single charge.
To make the trip, Lightning is partnering with the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) to issue this industry‐wide RFP for batteries with the highest energy density in development today. Lightning has selected BIC because of the BIC’s reputation as one of the key places in the world where advanced battery technologies are being developed and vetted by various startup and mature companies alike. BIC is a non‐profit labratory and consulting resource to the industry that has helped catalyze development of battery technology for companies across the U.S., such as Austin,Cambridge, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Chicago, and Boulder.
The key parameters needed to support the solution are:
- Energy density rating at the raw cell level above 300 Wh/kg.
- Supply of at least enough raw material to support two 12 kWh packs*.
‐ the packs will meet the following: 400 V max, 30‐75 A nominal (600 A pulse <15sec.)
Together, Lightning and BIC want to push the envelope of what is technically feasible to drive higher energy density solutions in the market by challenging limits in currently available solutions. Interested companies will submit their proposals according to this RFP, and the selected company will (1) supply their cell material to BIC; (2) have cells manufactured in a controlled cell manufacturing environment at BIC; (3) have Lightning and BIC work with them to integrate the cells into a module and pack solution; and (4) enjoy the benefit of the association with a record‐setting event publicized through the Lightning and BIC networks.
*consideration will be given to suppliers of material for 1 pack if two viable candidates are identified.
Scope and Timeline:
Lightning and BIC want to move as quickly as possible to identify the right partner for this project, and will rapidly work to manufacture the cells, integrate the modules, and execute the ride.
Proposal response deadline: September 23, 2016
Award announced: October 7, 2016
Raw material delivery to BIC: October 28, 2016
Cell manufacturing & testing concludes: November 30, 2016
Integration into bike complete: December 31, 2016
The Ride: February 28, 2017
- Awardee will supply raw material or manufactured cells to BIC.
- BIC will perform cell manufacturing at‐cost and cell testing at no cost to Awardee.
- BIC will supply cell manufacturing parameters with Awardee at no cost to Awardee.
- Lightning will procure the cells from BIC to populate at least 1 bike, possibly 2 bikes.
- Lightning will perform integration of the cells into the final pack, including BMS.
- Lightning and BIC will supply all PR resources and other logistics for the ride.
The Awardee will be expected to supply raw materials that can be converted into cells as their in‐kind contribution.
BIC will perform any necessary cell manufacturing and testing at‐cost, paid for by Lightning. Any cost of integration and logistics will be covered by Lightning.
The most important criteria for this program is the availability of the Awardee’s material that meets the technical parameters articulated above in sufficient quantities in the timeframe needed.
The broader technical parameters of multiple compliant proposals will be considered.
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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