September 23, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 39
NAATBatt Member News
iStorage, the 2016 Peer Review Meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy/Office of Electricity’s energy storage program, will be held next week, September 26-28, 2016, at The Renaissance Hotel, DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C. More than 100 recipients of DOE funding will make presentations at the meeting. NAATBatt International has been selected by the DOE to facilitate the meeting. Information about and registration for the iStorage meeting can be found by clicking here. The program will provide an outstanding overview of the state of stationary energy storage technology today. Do not miss this program if your company is involved in the ESS market.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the NAATBatt International Workshop on Advanced Battery Recycling to be held 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. A faculty of international experts, including the leading recyclers of lithium-ion batteries in China and the EU, 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. To obtain more information about the workshop and to register, click here.
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.
Redflow – After announcing the arrival in Australia of its first shipment of batteries for ZCell-based energy storage systems, Redflow has revealed the initial seven companies approved to offer ZCell throughout Australia.
Redflow unveils national ZCell installer coverage
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 Call2Recycle, Inc. as NAATBatt’s newest Silver member. Call2Recycle, Inc. is a 501(c)4, not-for-profit, stewardship organization committed to the safe collection, transportation and recycling of consumer batteries and cellphones across the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle, Inc. is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through responsible battery and cellphone recycling, resulting in over 115 million pounds (52 million kilograms) of batteries kept out of landfills. For more information about Call2Recycle, go to: www.call2recycle.org
Advanced Battery Industry News
LG Chem is planning to supply lithium ion (li-ion) batteries to Faraday Future in a deal worth an estimated 2.7 trillion won ($2.4 billion). The li-ion batteries are expected to power the LeSEE, which can reach a speed of 209 kilometers per-hour (130 miles per-hour). The companies had reached the agreement last month, but delayed the announcement because of the Korean government’s decision to deploy the U.S. advanced missile system Terminal High Altitude of Area Defense (THAAD) here. (Source: Korean Herald)
Camborne Energy Storage is installing the grid scale Tesla Powerpacks in Europe, which will be co-located with a ground mounted solar PV site. The combined solar and battery installation has the capacity to provide power for over 500 homes. The Powerpacks will be installed by EPC Poweri Services. (Source: Camborne Energy Storage)
24M announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded $3.5 million in funding to a team that includes 24M, Sepion Technologies, Berkeley Lab and Carnegie Mellon University. The funds will be used to develop membranes and lithium-metal anodes for high-energy-density, low-cost batteries. The company received its competitive award from ARPA-E’s Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion Conducting Solids (IONICS) program. (Source: 24M)
Rare Earth Mineral Plc (REM) is planning to increase its stake in Bacanora Minerals to 19.8% (from 15.5%). The transaction is expected to complete later this month. Separately, REM has a 30% joint venture interest in a series of concessions, which are collectively known as the Sonora lithium project. (Source: Rare Earth Minerals)
Volvo has received an order for four Volvo 7900 Electric buses (ebuses) from public transport operator Sales-Lentz in Luxembourg. The ebuses will operate in the city of Differdange. Sales-Lentz already has 24 Volvo hybrids and 12 Volvo electric hybrids in their fleet. (Source: Volvo Buses)
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its ‘Urban eTruck’. The vehicle runs on three lithium ion (li-ion) batteries that will provide a 124 mile range. The etruck has been going through testing in Stuttgart, Germany since April with results to be provided in 2017. (Source: Business Insider)
The South Korean government is planning to provide incentives to encourage solar power plant operators to set up bulk energy storage facilities. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy will be give additional points on assessment of their renewable energy certificates (RECs) starting next year to those who install energy storage system (ESS) at their solar power plants. The ministry is projecting that a combined 440 billion won (US$391.6 million) worth of new demand for ESS will be created by 2020. (Source: Yonhap News)
Electrovaya has signed an agreement to supply li-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) to an original equipment maker. The initial purchase order for the development contract has been received. The project with the unnamed customer has started with large volume commercial production beginning in late-2017. (Source: Electrovaya)
WiTricity announced it is collaborating with Prodrive Technologies to design an 11 kilowatt (kW) wireless charging system. The two companies were selected to design the system by a European carmaker that is planning to release its first wirelessly-charged vehicles in 2019. WiTricity is working with major automakers and Tier 1 suppliers to bring wireless charging to a commercial reality, with the first wirelessly charged vehicles set to be released in 2017. (Source: WiTricity)
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has released its ‘State of Charge’ energy storage report that provides a roadmap of policy recommendations to grow the energy storage market in the state, including a recommendation for a 600 megawatt (MW) storage procurement target by 2025. The state now has about 2 MW of energy storage on its grid. The report is part of the state’s $10 million Energy Storage Initiative that includes funding for the study, as well as for demonstration projects. (Source: Utility Drive)
Lisbon’s Carris bus service has announced that it will start using an all-ebus to transport passengers. The bus will cover two new routes and could expand to other stops across the capital. The vehicles will start operating next month until January on a trial basis, after which their use will be reassessed. (Source: The Portugal News)
Researchers affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea have developed an anode material that could be used in place of a conventional graphite anode and would lead to lighter and longer-lasting batteries. The scientists have demonstrated the feasibility of the hybrid anode using silicon-nanolayer-embedded graphite/carbon. The architecture allows compatibility between silicon and natural graphite and addresses the issues of side reactions caused by structural failure of crumbled graphite dust and uncombined residue of silicon particles by conventional mechanical milling. (Source: Science Daily)
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.
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Member Advertising and Announcements
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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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