Building the Advanced Battery Industry in North America
December 29 , 2017
Vol. 8, No. 52
NAATBatt Member News

NAATBatt Programs and Announcements

Happy New Year!  Let's make 2018 the best year yet for advanced battery technology and for everyone in the North American advanced battery industry.

Last Chance for Early Birds:   EARLY REGISTRATION FOR NAATBatt 2018 ENDS ON DECEMBER 31 NAATBatt 2018, the 9th annual meeting and conference of NAATBatt International, will be held on March 19-22, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hill County Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The annual meeting is the most important NAATBatt program each year. NAATBatt annual meetings allow top battery executives in North America to network, socialize and hear about what is new in the industry. It is more than a trade show; it is where industry relationships get made and deals get done. Visit the NAATBatt 2018 website for more information about NAATBatt 2018, including exhibit and sponsorship opportunities and a detailed agenda.  Go to:   

APPLICATIONS TO PRESENT AT THE ENERGY STORAGE INNOVATION SUMMIT ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 31.  Each year as part of its annual meeting, NAATBatt hosts the Energy Storage Innovation Summit. At the Summit, ten jury-selected companies are given the opportunity to make short presentations about a new energy storage-related product that is market-ready and available for license, purchase or inbound investment. These ten "flash" presentations give the largest and most successful battery companies in the world a chance to see, at one place and time, the best of the new technologies coming onto the market. The Summit has an established history of producing licensing, acquisition and investment deals. Interested companies should submit a written application to present (3 pages max) to Jim Greenberger of NAATBatt by December 31, 2017. Selected applicants will be notified by late January.  For details about the Summit and the solicitation, click here .

The NAATBatt Battery Industry Job Board is now available.  NAATBatt member firms are welcome to advertise open positions for engineers and executives on the new NAATBatt Job Board. NAATBatt members may obtain instructions on how to list open positions by writing to James Greenberger. Members and non-members may search for and see the open positions at NAATBatt member firms under the "Resource Center" drop-down menu on the NAATBatt web page. NAATBatt offers the Job Board as a way to help recruit the best and brightest executives and engineers into the North American advanced battery industry. NAATBatt members: Please take advantage of this new service. 

NAATBatt Sponsored Conferences

NAATBatt Sponsored Conferences are industry shows at which NAATBatt member firms are welcome to display literature and information about their own products in NAATBatt's exhibit booth. For information about opportunities for NAATBatt member firms at Sponsored Conferences, contact Jim Greenberger

NAATBatt Member Press Releases and Events

American Manganese Inc.: Longford Resources / American Manganese Joint Venture to Proceed On Hazelton High Grade Cobalt Gold Project
UL: UL webinar on New Energy in the Battery Infrastructure
When: January 23, 2018  11:00 am - 12:30 pm CST
To register,  click here

NAATBatt members interested in publishing press releases about developments at their companies in this newsletter should send their releases by e-mail to  Vivian Yu  of NAATBatt by Thursday  of each week.
Advanced Battery Industry News    

The Hornsdale Power Reserve lithium ion (li-ion) battery built by Tesla (located in South Australia) injected 7.3 megawatts (MW) into the national electricity grid just 140 milliseconds after the Victoria Loy Yang A3 unit failed. The 1,680 MW Gladstone coal-fired power station also provided backup power -- but after 4 seconds.  (Source: The Observer)
The China Finance Ministry will extend a tax rebate on purchases of new-energy vehicles (NEV) until the end of 2020. The tax exemption that was set to expire at the end of this year will run from Jan. 1, 2018 until Dec. 31, 2020 for electric vehicles (EVs).  (Source: Reuters)
China is building roadways with solar panels underneath could have the ability to charge cars wirelessly. The project is part of the Jinan City Expressway (a 1.2 mile stretch), which involves installing transparent concrete over a layer of solar panels. The solar highway is formed with three layers. The top layer is a transparent concrete that has similar structural properties with standard asphalt. The central layer is the solar panels and the bottom layer is to separate the solar panels from the damp earth underneath. The road will be durable enough to handle vehicles as large as a medium sized truck.  (Source: Electrek)
Tesla is planning to make an electric pickup truck (etruck) after the Model Y (a crossover SUV) is launched. The etruck could be slightly larger than the Ford F150 to accommodate a game changing feature.  (Source: Express)
The Government of Québec has approved its Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Standard. The standard is consistent with the targets set out in the Transportation Electrification Action Plan 2015-2020 and the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan. The standard will come into effect next month with a goal of targeting ~10% ZEV and LEVs by 2025. 
(Source: Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques)
Nissan Motor is offering its EV drivers free installation of solar panels for their homes if they sign up for an electricity retail plan offered by Ecosystem Japan, which is part of a joint campaign by the two companies. New LEAF owners who sign up for Ecosystem's Jibun Denryoku (personal electricity) plan qualify for free installation of a solar power generation system.  (Source: Nissan Motor) 
Goldstone Infratech ( Hyderabad-based) is planning to set up a greenfield electric bus (ebus) manufacturing facility with an investment of 500 crore ($77.5 million). The plant will be set up by mid-2018 in Telangana or a neighboring state. Currently, the company is assembling ebuses in India in technical collaboration with BYD(Source: The Hindu) 
Wistron ( Taiwanese contract manufacturer) announced it will team up with Chinese automaker Nio. The company is supplying the electric control system for the EV and has a joint venture in place to invest in auto-related technologies together.  (Source: Nikkei Asia) 

The state government of West Bengal (India) is planning to introduce 40 ebuses in the city of Calcutta. The vehicles will be introduced over a three-month period.  (Source: The Telegraph)
Taipei City is planning to launch its first ebus service next August. Twelve ebuses will start running on a route between the Taipei Zoo in the Mucha area and Songshan Rail Station. The city attempted to introduce ebuses in 2013, but the batteries only lasted for 60 kilometers (37 miles) and the experiment was deemed unsuccessful.  (Source: Taiwan News )

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Executive Director's Notes

NAATBatt International recently held the first in what it hopes to be a series of educational courses, offering basic education on advanced battery technology to individuals new to the industry and other interested persons. Educating people about the basic principals of battery technology is key to building a workforce that can support their manufacture in North America. Read about the course in this week's blog, Advanced Battery Systems 101 Course is a Great Success, by clicking here .

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