Building the Advanced Battery Industry in North America
December 22 , 2017
Vol. 8, No. 51
NAATBatt Member News

NAATBatt Programs and Announcements

Don't wait to register:   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.:  American Manganese to Initiate New IP Development and Mini-Pilot Plant to Advance Cathode Recycling Technology
For press release,  click here  .

Forge Nano: Forge Nano Winner of the 2017 R&D100 Award as Co-Developer with General Motors

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    

Volkswagen AG unit ' Electrify America' is planning to install 2,800 charging stations in 17 of the largest U.S. cities by June 2019. The stations will be located at roughly 500 sites, with around 75% at workplaces and the rest at multifamily dwellings. Electrify America has selected charging station companies SemaConnect, EV Connect and Greenlots to install them.
(Source: Reuters)
Proterra announcing that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation will be receiving 25 35-foot Catalyst electric buses (ebuses) in 2019. The procurement is being funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Grants.
(Source: Proterra) 

UPS has placed a reservation for 125 Tesla Semi tractors. The order supports the company's efforts to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions from global ground operations 12% by 2025. The company has provided Tesla real-world UPS trucking lane information as part of the company's evaluation of the vehicle's expected performance for the UPS duty cycle. 
(Source: UPS)
Tibet Summit Resources ( China-based) and NextView Capital have agreed to buy Lithium X ( Canada-based) for $C265 million ($206 million).  Lithium X has two lithium projects in Argentina's Salta province, as well as a stake in Pure Energy Metals, which is developing a lithium project in Nevada(Source: China Economic Review)
Toyota Motor is planning to market over 10 electric vehicle (EV) models globally in the early 2020s. The automaker would make an investment of over $13 billion to develop and make batteries. Toyota would introduce pure-battery models initially in China, followed by Japan, India, the United States and Europe(Source: Reuters) 
17 companies and research institutes have formed the ' Fab4Lib' consortium to start the research and development of large-scale battery cell production processes next month. Fab4Lib is comprised of TerraE, StreetScooter, BMZ, Umicore, Custom Cells, Litarion, Manz, Siemens, ThyssenKrupp, RWTH Aachen and ZSW among others. The objective is to develop a production unit with an annual capacity of 6 gigawatt-hours that is modular so it can be set up as needed. TerraE Holding GmbH is the lead for the 18-month project that will first see a series of demonstrators.  (Source: Electric Drive)
China is planning to tell local governments to stop offering subsidies for EVs. The Ministry of Finance is working on a plan that would mandate authorities to phase out the incentives to discourage protectionism and help rein in state expenditure. The plan may be implemented as early as next year. Automakers would still be entitled to the central government's funds.
(Source: Bloomberg)
Groupe Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings have confirmed signing a contract for the formation of a joint venture (JV) to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) under the Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands with the goal of achieving 150,000 sales annually by 2022 and an acceleration of electrifying powertrains. The JV will be known as ' Renault-Brilliance-Jinbei Automotive' with manufacturing operations in the Dadong District of Shenyang(Source: Groupe Renault)
Solid Power announced a partnership with BMW Group in an effort to accelerate the development of solid-state batteries for EV applications. BMW will assist Solid Power to advance its technology in order to achieve performance levels required for high performance EVs.  (Source: Solid Power)

American Manganese has received an intellectual property development and mini-pilot plant proposal from Kemetco Research. The proposal's objectives include developing IP to recover graphite from anode materials and recovering copper and aluminum foils.
(Source: American Manganese) 

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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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