What to Expect at NAATBatt in 2021


NAATBatt International is looking forward to a busy and exciting 2021.  This year should see continued interest by the capital markets in advanced battery technology.  It should see renewed government interest in promoting the manufacture of advanced batteries in the United States.  And it should see continued growth of the electric transportation and stationary energy storage markets, which promise to be the largest consumers of advanced battery technology for the balance of the decade. Three things loom large at NAATBatt in 2021.  First is a study of the North American supply chain for lithium-ion battery technology.  Three NAATBatt committees--the North American [...]

What to Expect at NAATBatt in 20212021-01-08T15:51:11-05:00

What Makes Certain Goods Strategic?


Interest in revitalizing U.S. manufacturing combined with COVID-19 supply chain disruptions is driving new action in Washington to support strategic industries and protect strategic supply chains.  The Wall Street Journal recently reported Intel’s offer to partner with the Pentagon in building a silicon chip foundry in the United States.  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. just announced plans to build a chip factory in Arizona based on unspecified incentives from the federal government.  NAATBatt believes that a federal initiative to support domestic manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries may soon be announced as well. While NAATBatt can be expected to endorse any initiative to [...]

What Makes Certain Goods Strategic?2020-05-15T19:53:01-04:00

Time for NAATBatt 2.0?


Twelve years ago a group of U.S. businessmen and battery experts came together to create a consortium to make sure that American companies would be an important force in the global competition to dominate lithium-ion battery manufacturing. The founders named the consortium “NAATBatt”, at the time an acronym for National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries. The idea behind NAATBatt was based on the SEMATECH consortium founded by leading companies in the American semi-conductor industry in the 1980’s. SEMATECH was to help U.S. semi-conductor manufacturers fight off competition from an aggressive Asian competitor, which was seeking at the time, perhaps by [...]

Time for NAATBatt 2.0?2020-05-01T22:42:49-04:00

Member Update Presentations to Headline NAATBatt 2020


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 [...]

Member Update Presentations to Headline NAATBatt 20202020-02-01T04:36:57-05:00

The Fourth Decade of the Advanced Battery Era


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 [...]

The Fourth Decade of the Advanced Battery Era2020-01-04T05:26:08-05:00

What Should the United States Do to Regain Leadership in Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing? — by Dave Roberts


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 [...]

What Should the United States Do to Regain Leadership in Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing? — by Dave Roberts2019-11-28T09:34:27-05:00

What Should the United States Do to Regain Leadership in Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing?


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 [...]

What Should the United States Do to Regain Leadership in Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing?2019-11-08T19:31:30-05:00

What Should the United States Do to Regain Leadership in Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing?


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 [...]

What Should the United States Do to Regain Leadership in Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing?2019-10-25T20:53:02-04:00

Congratulations to the 2019 Nobel Prize Laureates!


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!2019-10-12T16:13:42-04:00

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


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 Works2019-08-23T18:45:49-04:00
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