Each year NAATBatt International produces a series of programs and workshops designed to provide its members with better market intelligence, insight into new electricity storage technology and better visibility in the marketplace. The Annual Meeting & Conference, which includes the Energy Storage Innovation Summit and the Advanced Battery Golf & Tennis Tournament, is the highlight of each calendar year. Member Site Visit Meetings and assorted technical workshops round out the offerings. An overview of NAATBatt programs, including a list of upcoming programs, is set out below.
10th Annual NAATBatt Meeting And Conference
The NAATBatt Annual Meeting is not a trade show. It is a conference that brings together top executives to hear about the latest trends in the technology and business of electrochemical energy storage and to do deals.
Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park (Phoenix, AZ)
March 11-14, 2019
This year’s NAATBatt 2019 program will focus on the markets for advanced battery technology in North America. As in past years, NAATBatt will invite the leading market analysts in the world to report on trends in the markets for electric vehicle, stationary energy storage, industrial, military and consumer batteries in North America. The impact of recently enacted U.S. tariffs on the battery market and on domestic battery manufacturing will be covered. NAATBatt’s Chief Science Officer and Chief Technology Officer will make their much anticipated annual addresses predicting how changes in the technology of batteries are likely to impact the business of selling stored electrical energy.
Energy Storage Innovation Summit
Each year, as part of the Annual Meeting, a committee of NAATBatt member firms identifies the most interesting early stage companies working in some aspect of electrochemical energy storage and invites those companies to make presentations to NAATBatt member firms. The objective of the Summit is to encourage the licensing and acquisition of new technologies by established battery industry companies. Twenty emerging companies presented at the last Innovation Summit and at least a couple strategic partnerships reportedly resulted from the presentations.
Advanced Battery Golf & Tennis Tournament
NAATBatt International hosts the Advanced Battery Golf & Tennis Tournament each year in conjunction with its Annual Meeting. Last year, NAATBatt supplemented its annual golf tournament with a Shooting Tournament held at The National Shooting Complex outside San Antonio, Texas. Whether golfing, shooting or playing tennis, the purpose of these pointedly recreational events is the same: To encourage industry networking and the development of personal relationships among our members that will lead to sales opportunities and business growth. The 2019 Golf Tournament will take place on the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed golf course at the Wigwam Resort outside of Phoenix. Sign up for the 2019 NAATBatt Annual Meeting soon to reserve your spot. No special skill is required to play in the Tournaments—only an intense interest in the advanced battery industry and a strong desire to grow your business.
Member Site Visits
One of the unique activities that NAATBatt sponsors is Member Site Visits. At a Member Site Visit meeting, a corporate member of NAATBatt opens its facilities to a tour by other members and provides a detailed presentation about the host’s capabilities and objectives. Past hosts have included General Motors, Magna Steyr, Kemet, Cabot Corporation, Duke Energy, S&C Electric, EaglePicher Technologies, DNV-GL, EnerDel and Focus Graphite. Member Site Visit meetings are open to NAATBatt members only; you must be a member to attend. Each meeting ends with a complimentary networking reception and dinner at a place of local interest.
NAATBatt holds workshops and webinars on topics of interest to NAATBatt members. Past workshops have explored the lithium-ion battery recycling, second life use of automotive lithium-ion batteries, lithium-ion battery safety and strategies for manufacturing cost reduction. A NAATBatt webinar explored the details of the Department of Energy’s Section 1703 Loan Guaranty program and its possible applicability to energy storage projects. NAATBatt International also partners with Intersolar North America, the most attended solar-plus-storage event in North America, to produce workshops designed to educate solar installers and integrators about using energy storage technology in conjunction with solar PV projects.
Policy Road Trips
NAATBatt does not engage in lobbying. Its government relations tool of choice is organizing road trips of CEO’s and other senior executives of NAATBatt member firms for face-to-face meetings with senior government officials. NAATBatt member senior executives met with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to advocate allocating more DOE demonstration project dollars to distributed energy storage projects. NAATBatt executives also met with FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff to impress upon him the importance of pay-for-performance to the energy storage industry (prior to the issuance of FERC Order 755). If it ever got out how effective NAATBatt’s government relations techniques have been, a lot of lobbyists would lose their jobs. So fire your lobbyist and join NAATBatt now!