August 5, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 32
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.
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. For more information about The Battery Show, click here.
Aqua Metals Unveils World’s First AquaRefinery
Company says its AquaRefinery process is an environmentally friendly method to recycling lead-acid batteries. Read about it at:
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
Mercedes-Benz is planning its own distinct line of electric vehicles (EVs) and is planning to add two electric sport utility vehicles and two sedans. The company had previously stuck to adding batteries and electric motors to existing models. The first of the new EVs will be produced at the company’s factory in Bremen, Germany. (Source: Bloomberg)
The 2 meter (6.6 feet) high Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) has begun road testing in Qinhuangdao, China. The electric bus (ebus) is 72 feet long and 25 feet wide straddles the traffic below allowing cars to drive beneath it uninterrupted. The ebus can accommodate 300 passengers (equivalent to 40 conventional buses) and can reach speeds of 37 miles per-hour. (Source: BBC)
BMW is considering building a plug-in hybrid vehicle battery factory in Thailand. Construction could start in mid-2017 year with an investment of 2 billion baht ($57 million). The Thai government is working with BMW to offer tax incentives. (Source: Reuters)
Nearly 2,000 people in Germany have applied for the government’s electric car discount scheme, introduced on July 1, and a third of them are buyers of BMW models. The scheme, similar to those established in other European countries to spur electric car sales, grants buyers of electric cars a 4,000-euro discount and gives buyers of plug-in hybrid vehicles a discount of 3,000 euros. (Source: Reuters)
The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) in Louisville, Kentucky has added six ebuses from Proterra. The ebuses replace buses that are 16 years old and have traveled more than 600,000 miles. TARC will have a total of 15 ebuses on the road, which will offset the use of about 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year. (Source: TARC)
Aqua Metals unveiled its first AquaRefinery at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) in McCarran, Nevada. The electrochemical AquaRefining™ lead recycling technology extracts lead from lead acid batteries with a room temperature, closed-loop, water-based process that results in vast reductions of hazardous waste and direct human contact with the lead itself. The process produces lead that is as pure as – or purer than – mined lead, requiring no secondary processing. (Source: Aqua Metals)
Bosch has launched it’s all-electric Coup eScooter sharing service in Berlin. 200 connected escooters produced by Gogoro will be available for the launch in Berlin. Coup (wholly owned subsidiary of Bosch, provides Berlin residents with a mobility option featuring a simple pricing model. After customers reach their destination, the escooter can be dropped off anywhere in the city center. (Source: Bosch)
Massachusetts (pending the signature of the governor) could become he third state to create an energy storage mandate. The others are California and Oregon. The mandate – a requirement that utilities procure a specified amount of energy storage by 2020 – is part of a broader energy bill state lawmakers passed minutes before the legislative session ended for the year on July 31. (Source: Microgrid Knowledge)
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA), in partnership with the University of Utah, will introduce a fleet of five battery-powered buses (ebuses) as early as next year. A $5.4 million grant from the Federal Transit Association will allow UTA to purchase and study the fleet, which will serve downtown Salt Lake City and the University of Utah. The ebuses from New Flyer and can travel up to 200 miles on a full charge. (Source: KTUV.com)
Nissan unveiled the working prototype of its BladeGlider EV in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The EV is powered by a five-module li-ion 220 kilowatt battery with a top speed of 115 miles per-hour (MPH). The vehicle can accelerate to 62 MPH in under 5 seconds. (Source: Nissan)
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have created a silicon-tin nanocomposite anode for more reliable li-ion batteries. Combining both materials into a single composite has shown improvements in battery performance. In addition to tripling the charge capacity of a graphite anode, the silicon-tin nanocomposite is stable over many charge-discharge cycles, extending its useful life. The manufacturing process is also simple as only 2% tin is needed. (Source: EE Times Europe)
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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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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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