NAATBatt Committees

Employees of NAATBatt member organizations can volunteer for service on one or more standing NAATBatt industry committees. Each committee focuses on a discreet issue or supply chain element of the advanced battery industry. Committees generally meet by Zoom or Teams call on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Click the applicable link below to join one or more of the existing committees, to be added to a committee roster and to receive future notices of committee meetings and activities.

Battery Finance Committee

This committee will focus on various mechanisms for financing battery and battery materials-related projects and companies. The committee will track innovation in capital structures and financial products and keep its members up-to-date on tax structures, credits and other incentives that may be relevant to battery-focused businesses and investors.

Current chairs: Vikram Bagri, Citi
Andre Zaffuto, Siemens

Battery Logistics Safety Committee

This committee will discuss issues related to the safety of shipping and storing batteries. The committee will also examine protocols and training for battery-related safety incidents. The committee will follow developments in safety-related regulations impacting batteries at the local, state, federal and international levels. It will interact with standard setting bodies, such as SAE International, and government relations organizations, such as the PRBA, to provide a unified voice of industry on battery safety issues.”

Current chairs: Brian Engle, Amphenol Sensors
Nathan Nye, Tesla

Education Committee

This committee focuses on workforce development issues that impact or are expected to impact the manufacture and maintenance of high capacity advanced batteries and the devices that they power in North America. The committee studies skills gaps in the workforce and develops or recommends training programs and policies to address those gaps.

Current chairs: Vijay Dhar, New Energy Nexus
Bernie Kotlier, NECA-IBEW of California/Nevada

Energy Materials Committee

This committee focuses on the mining, refining and conversion of raw materials into battery cell electrodes and components. Few companies in North America focus on this critical upstream portion of the advanced battery supply chain. The committee will examine efforts to build out this part of the supply chain in North America and technological and policy changes that might support that effort.

Current chairs: Andy Miller, Benchmark Minerals Intelligence
Michael Lew, NAATBatt International

Electrode Materials Committee

This committee will discuss issues related to the development, manufacturing and testing of new electrode materials and electrolytes used in battery cells. The committee will examine new innovations in electrode materials and electrolytes that may increase energy density and/or enhance battery safety. The production and processing of electrode precursor materials will also be covered.

Current chairs: Katharina Gerber, Siemens
Jerzy Garzda, Huntsman

Equipment Makers Committee

This committee will focus on the companies, processes and know-how involved in manufacturing machinery that makes battery cells, cell components, battery packs and energy materials. The committee will discuss the types of machine tools necessary to perform these functions. It will consider policies and economic incentives necessary to encourage the manufacture of battery making equipment in North America.

Current chairs: Chad Shaffer, Siemens
David Ventola, Dürr Systems

Lithium Battery Safety Committee

This committee follows lithium battery safety issues and focuses on ways to make lithium batteries safer. The committee will discuss emerging lithium battery safety standards and regulations. It will examine new technologies can reduce the changes of thermal runaway and mitigate battery failures when they occur.

Current chairs: Brian Morin, Soteria Battery Innovation Group
Joe LoGrasso, Polaris

Markets Committee

This committee examines emerging markets and use cases for advanced battery technology in commerce. The committee studies the requirements for advanced batteries for emerging downstream applications and shares pre-competitive information about opportunities for battery makers and battery component makers in the advanced battery market.

Current chairs: Steve Feldbauer, Abbott Furnace
Petra L’Abbe, Sherwin-Williams

Manufacturing in North America Committee

This committee studies issues relating to the development and manufacture of high capacity advanced batteries and their components in North America. The manufacture of lithium-based batteries and other types of advanced technology batteries in North America lags substantially behind other parts of the world. This committee focuses on the challenges of manufacturing the mid- and downstream supply chain components of advanced batteries, including battery packs, cells, cell components (i.e., separators, anodes and cathodes) and manufacturing equipment, in North America.

Current chairs: Renata Arsenault, Ford Motor Company
Jeff Yambrick, Energy Supply Developers

Military Batteries Committee

This committee examines military, space and defense-related applications for electrochemical energy storage technology. The committee will discuss technical requirements for batteries in these applications and issues concerning working with government procurement agencies. New defense-related systems employing energy storage technology will also be discussed.

Current chairs: James Trevey, Forge Nano

Onshoring Battery Technology Committee

This committee assists and advises battery and battery materials companies located outside of North America in establishing manufacturing operations in the United States. Existing NAATBatt members can use the committee to identify and partner with new market entrants. NAATBatt welcomes foreign companies that wish to become members of the North American advanced battery community.

Current chairs: Andreas Bareid, QAD
Fred Lee, KTON
Subcommittee chairs: Japan – Akihito Fujita, Nomura Research Institute America (NRIA)
Korea – Charlie Hong, Nanotech Energy

Policy and Regulatory Committee

This committee studies a variety of regulatory issues that affect the manufacture and deployment of advanced battery technology in North America. The committee is divided into several working groups focusing, respectively, on environmental, products liability, general contracts and general regulatory matters. The committee also discusses on the advanced battery industry’s relationships with government entities and the promotion of advanced battery technology to the general public.

Current chairs: Robert Galyen, Galyen Energy
Jeff Yambrick, Energy Supply Developers

Recycling Committee

This committee focuses on the recycling of lithium-based batteries at the end of life into useful materials. The committee studies the technology, regulation and logistics of the battery recycling process for lithium-based batteries in North America and makes recommendations for policy changes that will support reductions in recycling costs, improvements in recycling safety and greater circularity of the advanced battery supply chain.

Current chairs: Renata Arsenault, Ford Motor Company
Todd Coy, Retriev

Second Life Use Committee

This committee examines the technical, economic, regulatory and legal challenges involved in repurposing high capacity advanced batteries for second life use. The committee will explore optimal applications for second life batteries and discuss ways of making second life use of batteries more practical and economic. The committee also studies regulatory requirements applicable to those second life applications.

Current chairs: Don Karner, Electric Applications
John Kincaide,

Sodium Battery Committee

This committee studies developments in the emerging field of rechargeable sodium-based batteries. The committee will follow scientific developments in sodium battery chemistry and architecture and the use of sodium-based batteries in stationary and mobile commercial applications. The use of sodium as a viable alternative or supplement to lithium and lead in battery systems will be examined and discussed.

Current chairs: Erik Spoerke, Sandia National Laboratories;
Jack Pouchet, Natron

Track and Trace Committee

This committee focuses on the challenge of identifying the component origins, location and state of health of advanced batteries in commerce. The committee studies various technological and regulatory means for tracing and tracking advanced batteries with a view to enhancing ESG goals, supply chain security and consumer satisfaction.

Current chairs: Lauren Roman, Everledger
John Kincaide,

Zinc Battery Committee

This committee focuses on the development and manufacture of zinc-based batteries for rechargeable, high capacity applications. The committee studies the market for zinc-based battery systems as an alternative to lithium-based systems and otherwise. The committee examines ways for zinc-based battery producers to publicize the advantages of their products and technological developments that may improve the market for zinc-based systems.

Current chairs: Emily Dickens, Octet Scientic
Josef Daniel-Ivad, International Zinc Association.

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