September 30, 2016
Vol. 7, No. 40
NAATBatt Member News
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.
The Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge Reports for 1Q and 2Q 2016 have been posted on the “Publications” page of the NAATBatt website and are available for review by all registered NAATBatt members. The ABC PatentEdge quarterly reports are a valuable benefit of NAATBatt membership. The reports summarize patent filings around the world related to advanced battery and ultracapacitor technology. The summaries provide a keen and unbiased insight into where advanced electrochemical energy storage technology is going and where the biggest and best known companies in the industry are really making their bets. The reports are prepared under contract with NAATBatt by IP Checkups of Berkeley, CA.
Australian battery company Redflow Limited has received a major order for 48 ZCell batteries, worth about $600,000, from Melbourne-based energy system installer Standard Solar.
Redflow receives 48-ZCell order from Standard Solar
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
Tianjin Lishen Battery Joint-Stock (Lishen) is considering a listing in Shanghai or Shenzhen in order to expand its annual capacity to 20 gigawatt hours (GWh) — about 18% more than the estimated total battery consumption last year in China — by 2020. The company spent 5.2 billion yuan (~$780 million) this year to build three electric vehicle (EV) battery plants in Tianjin, Suzhou and Qingdao to more than triple its output to 10 GW by the end of next year. Lishen’s local customers include FAW Car, Guangzhou Automobile Group and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings. The company is also teaming up with Mercedes-Benz to develop batteries. (Source: Bloomberg)
Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and the Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) have announced a public-private partnership to install a network of energy storage systems at a public water agency in the United States. The 7 MW/34 MWh network will utilize Tesla batteries, installed at 11 of IRWD facilities – including three water treatment and recycling plants, a deep aquifer treatment system, a groundwater desalter facility and six high-energy pumping stations – as part of a major grid modernization project for Southern California Edison (SCE). The system will provide IRWD cost savings of more than $500,000 per year. (Source: Advanced Microgrid Solutions)
Panasonic has developed a flexible lithium-ion battery with a thickness of only 0.55mm or about 0.022 inches. Suitable for use in card-type and wearable devices, this rechargeable battery can retain its characteristics even after repeatedly bent into a radius of 25mm or twisted to an angle of 25 degrees. Sample shipments are scheduled to start by the end of October 2016. (Source: Panasonic)
Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch are using over 2,600 used battery modules from over 100 BMW EVs to form an electricity storage unit in Hamburg, Germany. The system has a power rating of 2 megawatts (MW) and a storage capacity of 2,800 kilowatt-hours (kWh) — enough to supply electricity to an average two-person household for seven months. The stored energy is intended for the primary control reserve market. The battery 2nd life development project kicked off in 2013 for a planned term of five years. (Source: Bosch)
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a concept for a high-performance electric SUV that will be part of a new line of non-gasoline-powered vehicles called Generation EQ. The EQ can go from 0-62 mph in less than five seconds and the range is 310 miles. The EQ is the acronym for emotional quotient, but for the company, it represents “Electric Intelligence.” (Source: UPI)
Volkswagen has unveiled its first long distance ID concept electric vehicle (EV) that will have a range of up to 600 kilometers (373 miles). The vehicle is expected to be the first of a new-series that will enable the company to sell one million EVs by 2025. The company offers an electric version of the Golf, but the range is only 118 miles. (Source: Financial Times)
Tianqi Lithium Industries (China-based) is planning to acquire a 2.1% stake in Sociedad Quimica y Minera for $210 million. Tianqi has already approved plans to construct a A$400 million ($305 million) plant in Australia to process output from Greenbushes, the world’s largest hard rock lithium mine. SQM also announced it planned to spend about $30 million to increase its lithium hydroxide production capacity in Chile to 13,500 metric tons per year (from 6,000). (Source: Bloomberg)
A lead acid battery with a super-capacitor has been developed by a group that includes CSIRO, Furukawa Battery Company and the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium. The system is being trialled on off-grid conditions, including as storage for intermittent renewable energy. The UltraBattery is being commercialising by Ecoult in its UltraFlex system. The addition of the super-capacitor is enabling the lead-acid batteries to sustain a partial state of charge. (Source: ABC Rural)
Redflow Limited has received an order for 48 ZCell batteries from Standard Solar that is worth about $600,000. Standard Solar was one of the first seven ZCell installation companies announced by Redflow last week. The company will start delivering the first batteries for this order during the next two weeks. (Source: Redflow Limited)
Vello has rolled out its VELLO Bike+, an electric folding bike (ebike). The ebike can be recharged 100% while riding through an Integrated Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) technology provided by Zehus. Users can ride up to 15 miles per hour (25 km/hour) for up to 20 miles (~35 km) on a full charge without any effort. (Source: VELLO Bike)
New York City (NYC) has announced a solar-plus-storage target of 100 megawatt-hours (MWh) by 2020 as a companion to the growing use of solar. Solar capacity has nearly tripled in the city to 96 MW (from 25 MW). The NYC Buildings Department expects to issue permits for more than 3,000 solar panel installations this year, which would bring the citywide total to more than 8,000 installations. That is an increase from 1,819 installations at the start of the administration. (Source: Microgrid Knowledge)
Mark Oil (distributor for BP) is working with Nissan to expand the ‘No Charge to Charge’ program for Leaf buyers. Ten BP stations in Charlotte will be installing DC fast charging stations that should charge an empty Leaf battery to about 80% full in 30 minutes. Once the BP station charging units are operational, Leaf drivers in the metro Charlotte area will never be more than 10 miles from a fast charger. (Source: Autoblog)
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
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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