The officers and members of NAATBatt International offer their heartiest congratulations to the three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Prof. John B. Goodenough, Prof. Akira Yoshino, and the Chief Science Officer of NAATBatt International, Prof. M. Stanley Whittingham. The 2019 prize recognizes Profs. Goodenough, Yoshino and Whittingham for their discovery and development of lithium-ion battery technology. This recognition is long overdue. The battery technology these gentlemen invented powers many of the devices that shape the modern world, from laptop computers to mobile phones, medical devices, industrial equipment and, increasingly, to vehicles and the electricity grid itself. The world is [...]
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Executive Director James Greenberger Answers Supplemental Questions from Senate Committee on Environment and Public WorksJames Greenberger2019-08-23T18:45:49+00:00
ANSWERS BY JAMES J. GREENBERGER TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS FROM U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS August 19, 2019 Chairman Barrasso: 1. Looking forward, what can we learn from the successes of lead-acid battery recycling if we were to apply a similar framework to lithium-ion batteries? Efforts to recycle lead-acid batteries, particularly those used as SLI (starter, lighting and ignition) batteries in automobiles, have been very successful. Approximately 95-98% of automotive SLI batteries are recovered, recycled and used again in the production of new lead-acid batteries. It is important to note, however, that there have been serious environmental problems [...]
I had the honor of testifying on July 17 before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the subject of lithium-ion battery recycling in the United States. The Senate's interest in the topic is timely, given NAATBatt's just ended workshop on the same subject in Buffalo, New York. A copy of my oral testimony is reproduced below. The longer and more detailed written version of my testimony can be seen by clicking here: Oral Remarks Good morning Chairman Barrasso, Ranking Member Carper, and members of the Committee. My name is James Greenberger. I am the Executive Director of [...]
This past week in Buffalo, New York, NAATBatt hosted a Workshop on Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling. The purpose of the workshop was to focus industry attention on the next great challenge in vehicle electrification: safely, responsibly and profitably disposing of lithium-ion batteries at the end of their useful lives. Today lithium-ion batteries reaching the end of their useful lives are not being recycled in any significant quantities in North America. The cost of transporting those used batteries to recycling facilities, and of recycling facilities processing those batteries, exceeds in almost all cases the profit that any recycler can expect to make from [...]
The NAATBatt Workshop on Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling, on July 9-10, 2019, in Buffalo, New York, will take an in depth look at one of the most important issues in vehicle electrification: recycling lithium-ion batteries. The program will look at four major problems in lithium-ion battery recycling: collection of batteries, separation and sorting, transportation and storage, and recycling technologies. Each of these four problems needs better solutions than those available today in order to ensure that a significant percentage of the lithium-ion batteries soon to come out of electric vehicles at the end of their lives are responsibly recycled. But before [...]
Have battery-powered vehicles reached the tipping point – and what does that mean for the rest of the industry? The electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery industry have been known for having fits and starts over the years, with periods of major interest and investment followed by periods of consolidation and bankruptcy. In fact, in the late 1800s in both Europe and the United States, there was a virtual flood of electric vehicle manufacturers across all types of applications, ranging from bicycles to automobiles to trains. But with the change from the 19th to the 20th century and the introduction of [...]
On June 7, 2019, I had the privilege of testifying in Washington, D.C. before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on the subject of China's growing dominance of lithium-ion battery manufacturing. The written statement that accompanied my testimony is reproduced below: Introduction My name is James Greenberger and I am the Executive Director of NAATBatt International. NAATBatt is a trade association of advanced battery manufacturers and their supply chain partners doing business in North America. Today, NAATBatt has 110 corporate members, including major automobile manufacturers, electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, battery cell and pack manufacturers, chemical companies, energy materials suppliers and [...]
There has been a lot of recent talk about shortages of energy materials (i.e., lithium, hi-grade nickel and cobalt) imperiling the future of lithium-ion battery manufacturing in North America. While much of that talk is sensationalized (we are not about to run out of lithium in the world), the United States’ failure to invest in stabilizing sources of energy material supply may put the United States at a long term disadvantage in the global competition for lithium-ion battery manufacturing capacity and expertise. Properly understood, the energy materials supply chain challenge in North America consists of two problems: The market price [...]
NAATBatt International was shaken by news of the fire and explosion last week at Arizona Public Service’s McMicken Energy Storage facility in Surprise, Arizona. Four firefighters were hurt in the explosion, two of them seriously. First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and their families. The McMicken incident hit particularly close to home for NAATBatt. A little more than five weeks ago, NAATBatt members toured the McMicken facility at the invitation of APS. The facility appeared to be state-of-the-art and well-maintained. It is hard to imagine what exactly went wrong. An investigation of the McMicken incident [...]
The push for vehicle electrification in the early part of the 21st Century initially came, not from concerns about climate change, but from concerns that the U.S. economy was becoming dangerously dependent upon a single natural resource (petroleum), the supply of which forces outside the United States could disrupt. As vehicle electrification moves from theory to reality, it is important that the United States not repeat past mistakes and become dependent upon foreign supplies of strategic energy materials it does not control. Although scientists keep working on alternatives, the best judgment of those involved in advanced battery technology is that [...]