NAATBatt 2020, the 11th annual meeting and conference of the NAATBatt International organization, concluded on Thursday of this week. To say that NAATBatt 2020 was NAATBatt’s biggest and best program yet would not be hyperbole: it is an undeniable fact. NAATBatt 2020 had almost 300 attendees, nearly 20 exhibitors and over 80 e-minute “flash” presentations by NAATBatt member firms, jury-selected emerging companies and winners of the Department of Energy’s Phase I Battery Recycling Prize competition. As I warned from the podium in kicking off the meeting, listening to the presentations was a bit like drinking from a fire hose. Everything important [...]
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NAATBatt 2020 will be held on February 10-13, 2020, in Pasadena, California. It will be the 11th annual meeting of the NAATBatt International organization, which dates from 2008. For all of those years I have struggled with the question of why NAATBatt should have an annual meeting at all? Trade shows are a big business. You can go to a battery, electric drive or energy storage-focused trade show somewhere in the world just about every week if you want to. Sophisticated media companies run most of those shows. They run them well and make a lot of money by doing [...]
Every New Year invites predictions about what the next year holds. One in every ten New Years invites predictions about the next decade. 2020 is one of those New Years. The 2020’s will mark the fourth decade of the advanced battery era, taking as its start the introduction of the first lithium-ion battery into commerce in 1991. The third decade ended on a high note, with the Nobel Committee finally recognizing the important role of Stan Whittingham, John Goodenough and Akira Yoshino in launching the era. The delayed recognition was fitting. It took the world a good three decades to [...]
What Should the United States Do to Regain Leadership in Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing? — by Dr. George CrabtreeAdmin2019-12-06T15:18:36-05:00
by Dr. George Crabtree Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research Argonne National Laboratory Dr. George Crabtree Here is an optimistic perspective: the U.S. or Europe can regain a competitive and perhaps a leading position in lithium-ion battery manufacturing with no significant change in battery chemistry. Two facts support this optimism. First, 15 years ago China had little or no footprint in lithium-ion battery manufacturing. At that time, Japan and South Korea dominated the field. In the last 15 years, China rose from effectively zero to the leading position in lithium-ion battery manufacturing. [...]
What Should the United States Do to Regain Leadership in Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing? — by Dave RobertsAdmin2019-11-28T09:34:27-05:00
by Dave Roberts Chief Innovation Officer of the State of Indiana Vice President of NAATBatt International Dave Roberts As innovative advancements commercialize disruptive technologies that will forever change the way move, communicate, and buy our free-range turkeys from a farm within ten miles, a natural question is where the enabling technology was made and how secure is it. Without disrespect to other technologies currently available or being developed, lithium-ion is the best answer we have today for many of these critical applications. And it is natural and good for the nation [...]
by Jaime Navarrete Director Product Development Crown Battery Jaime Navarrete The question is misleading as the United States never had leadership in Lion battery manufacturing. Around 2008 the federal government used public money into subsidizing buildup of local manufacturing of large format Lion batteries. But, a market for the capacity that was built never appeared. Building plants with limited commercial market should not be considered having leadership in Lion battery manufacturing. So, let us address the real source of the problem – lack of broad demand for electrified vehicles. Of the three [...]
Lithium-ion battery technology is one of the most important technologies of the 21st Century. As vehicle fleets around the world electrify, lithium-ion batteries will become the new oil. The companies and countries that dominate the development and manufacture of lithium-ion batteries are set to dominate the global vehicle industries of the next 50-100 years. The importance of lithium-ion technology, however, goes well beyond cars. Most of the technologies that will make the 21st Century different than the 20th Century will depend on electric power supplied free of a fixed electricity grid. Consumer electronics, implantable medical devices, wearable technology, the Internet of [...]
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 [...]
Executive Director James Greenberger Answers Supplemental Questions from Senate Committee on Environment and Public WorksAdmin2019-08-23T18:45:49-04:00
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 [...]