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Congratulations to the 2019 Nobel Prize Laureates!

2019-10-12T16:13:42+00:00

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 [...]

Congratulations to the 2019 Nobel Prize Laureates!2019-10-12T16:13:42+00:00

Executive Director James Greenberger Answers Supplemental Questions from Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

2019-08-23T18:45:49+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 [...]

Executive Director James Greenberger Answers Supplemental Questions from Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works2019-08-23T18:45:49+00:00

Powering the Future: Has Battery Technology Reach Its Peak?

2019-06-25T02:14:09+00:00

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 [...]

Powering the Future: Has Battery Technology Reach Its Peak?2019-06-25T02:14:09+00:00

Testimony Before the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission

2019-06-25T02:16:31+00:00

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 [...]

Testimony Before the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission2019-06-25T02:16:31+00:00

Understanding Energy Materials Supply Constraints in North America

2019-06-25T10:49:37+00:00

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 [...]

Understanding Energy Materials Supply Constraints in North America2019-06-25T10:49:37+00:00