Building the Advanced Battery Industry in North America
November 17 , 2017
Vol. 8, No. 46
NAATBatt Member News

NAATBatt Programs and Announcements

NAATBatt 2 018 , 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 recently updated NAATBatt 2018 website for more information about NAATBatt 2018, including exhibit and sponsorship opportunities and a preliminary agenda.  Go to:  http://naatbatt.org/naatbatt-2018/   

Applications are now being accepted for designation as one of the Top Ten New Energy Storage Technologies of 2018 at NAATBatt 2018.  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. The application period for the Summit is now open. 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 .

Zinc Battery Committee.  NAATBatt International is forming a Zinc Committee that will focus on batteries utilizing zinc-based chemistry. 
The objective of the Zinc Committee is to raise the awareness and create collaborative alliances between zinc-based battery manufacturers and their supply chains. Zinc will play a critical role in the future growth of energy storage and NAATBatt's Zinc Committee will provide the leadership and platform to accelerate industry adoption. NAATBatt members and non-members interested in serving on the committee should contact  Jim Greenberger. An organizational call of the committee will be held next month.  

Dr. Shep Wolsky
NAATBatt International is saddened to note the passing this week of battery industry icon Shep Wolsky. Over the past 50 years Shep has been a fixture in the battery world.  Shep authored over 100 technical papers on battery technology. He had a remarkable career at Duracell before going on to start what may his best known legacy, the International Battery Seminar conference series, in 1983. For many in the industry, Shep was Spring in Fort Lauderdale.  His warm personality, sharp mind and deep dedication to battery technology will be sorely missed.   

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

EnerDel: EnerDel Announces Certification to the ISO 9001:2015 Standard


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    

Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited ( CATL) is planning to add 24GWh (gigawatt-hours) of battery making capacity in its home province of Fujian and invest in research and development using funds from its $2 billion initial public offering (IPO). The company sold 6.8GWh of batteries last year and has supply arrangements with Volkswagen and BMW
(Source: Reuters)
 
Volkswagen ( VW) is planning to invest over 10 billion euros ($12 billion) with its partners to make and develop a range of new-energy vehicles in China. The automaker will make the investments by 2025 and introduce 40 locally produced vehicles. VW's venture with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group will start production of electric vehicles (EVs) in 1H18, while sales will start in 2H18.  (Source: Bloomberg)
 
BYD is planning to open an assembly plant next year in Ontario, Canada. The company will start its operations by shipping technology and components from China and making short-range vehicles such as garbage and delivery trucks.  (Source: Bloomberg)
 
EON is teaming up with Clever to build a network of charging stations along European highways. The European Union is providing 10 million euros ($12 million) in funding for the network will initially have 180 stations stretching from Italy to Norway. The first stations in Germany and Denmark are scheduled to open before the summer with a goal to build charging points at least every 180 kilometers (112 miles).  (Source: Bloomberg)
 
Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor have agreed to cooperate in selling EVs in India from around 2020. Suzuki will produce the EVs and supply some to Toyota, which will provide technical support.  (Source: Reuters)
 
Finland's Terrafame nickel mine is planning to produce material for EV batteries by 2020. The company plans to build a chemical plant that would convert nickel into a form sulphate for use in batteries. The plant will have a capacity of about 150,000 tonnes of nickel sulphate. 
(Source: Reuters)
 
Proterra announced that Greensboro Transit Authority is going forward with the purchase of four 40-foot ebuses this fall. Over their 12-year lifetime, the four vehicles will result in maintenance and operations cost savings of more than $1.7 million.  Greensboro has a five-year contract with Proterra and expects to purchase additional buses as it works to replace its full fleet.  (Source: Proterra)
 
Tesla Semi
The Tesla Semi was unveiled. The electric truck has a potential range of 500 miles and is scheduled to go into production in 2019. In addition, a prototype Roadster was introduced.  The EV could accelerate to 60 miles per-hour in 1.9 seconds with a top speed of 250 miles per-hour.  (Source: L.A. Times)
 
China's National Development and Reform Commission ( NDRC) is considering a resumption of new permits to make EVs as early as 1H18. The NDRC halted a license program earlier this year to rein in capacity expansion. Factories currently under construction are slated to add a capacity of more than 2 million new energy vehicles a year. 
(Source: Bloomberg)
 
Mercedes-Benz will be starting series production of a city bus with an all-electric drive system by the end of 2018. The Citaro E-CELL will be powered by lithium ion (li-ion) batteries in different sizes of battery packages to enable alternative configurations. The vehicle will come in a solo and articulated version.  (Source: Daimler) 
 
The Turkish government is pushing for the development of an all-EV under a project with the name " Automobile of Turkey". The goal is to have a prototype ready by 2019, with full-scale production in 2021.  (Source: The Times)
 
Goldstone Infratech, a joint venture between Goldstone Group and BYD, announced the delivery of six e-Buzz K7 electric buses (ebuses) to Mumbai Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport. The metropolitan is the second city in Maharashtra to use ebuses after Nagpur(Source: NDTV)
 
Fisker has patented solid-state battery technology. The technology could power an EV for over 500 miles on a single charge, which could take one minute. The EV maker aims to introduce it to its model lineup in 2023.  (Source: Auto Express)


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Executive Director's Notes

This past week NAATBatt International 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 .

About NAATBatt International
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