Building the Advanced Battery Industry in North America
December 1 , 2017
Vol. 8, No. 48
NAATBatt Member News

New Member

NAATBatt International welcomes this week SecuityFusion Corporation as the newest Silver member of NAATBatt. SecurityFusion advances the state of the art in Assured Power and Critical Infrastructure through the development commercialization and manufacture of renewable energy and off grid technologies to meet present and evolving public and private sector requirements. SecurityFusion also provides leadership and services in the area of public policy and education and commercialization and manufacturing support of critical infrastructure. For more information about SecurityFusion, please go to:  

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 updated NAATBatt 2018 website for more information about NAATBatt 2018, including exhibit and sponsorship opportunities and a preliminary agenda.  Early registration ends December 31. Go to:   

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 Battery 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 later this month.  Committee members will receive an e-mail with the details shortly.

The NAATBatt Battery Industry Job Board will launch next week. As an additional service to its members, NAATBatt will soon permit its  member firms to advertise open positions on the "Resource Center" tab of the NAATBatt website. NAATBatt members should expect an e-mail next week with instructions on how to post jobs openings on the site.

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 Inc. Receives Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) For European Union Trade Assurity Through German Firm WM Datenservice    
For press release,  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    

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed with IONITY (a venture between BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor and Volkswagen AG) to start charging stations in 10 European nations. Shell and IONITY will initially have charging points at 80 of Shell's biggest highway fuel stations, with an average of six posts in each. It will take five to eight minutes on average to charge an EV at these points.  (Source: Bloomberg)
SK Innovation has decided to invest over 1 trillion won ($925 million) to boost electric vehicle (EV) battery production capacity. The company is set to break ground on a plant in Hungary in February. The 430,000-square-meter plant is capable of producing EV cells with a combined 7.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year, beginning in 2020. The company also announced plans to expand EV battery production lines in Seosan ( Korea) raising domestic production capacity of EV cells to a combined 4.7 GWh and to  invest about 150 billion won ($138 million) to expand production capacity of lithium ion (li-ion) battery separators.  (Source: Yonhap News Agency)
The BMW Group is investing 200 million euros ($238 million) in a ' Battery Cell Competence Centre'.  The facility will be located in Munich and will open in early 2019.  (Source: BMW Group)
The Saft Intensium® Max li-ion containerized energy storage system was selected by Skylar Resources to provide black-start capability at the Grandview Substation in Glendale, California. The system also enables local generators to be started in the event of an unplanned outage.  (Source: Saft)
Anchorage is planning to test its first electric bus (ebus) starting in mid-December. The administration has proposed a $77,000, four-month lease with Proterra for a 40-foot ebus. The lease, if approved by the Assembly, would include charging equipment.  (Source: Anchorage Daily News)
The government of South Australia and the City of Adelaide have agreed to increase the uptake of EVs as part of its commitment to the Climate Action Roundtable, which includes state leaders from Victoria, Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory as well as city representatives from Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin. The focus will be on planning and construction of an EV infrastructure and the standardisation of incentives.  (Source: The Lead)
The SAIT Graphene Ball
The SAIT Gaphene Ball
Researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology ( SAIT) have developed a ' graphene ball' that can boost its battery capacity by 45% and increase charging speed by 5x the existing standards. SAIT collaborated with Samsung SDI and the Seoul National University School of Chemical and Biological Engineering to build the graphene-based battery that would take 12 minutes to fully charge compared (with li-ion batteries that take about an hour). The battery could be used for EVs, as it can maintain stability at up to 60 degrees Celsius.  (Source: Samsung)
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Volkswagen Group China and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Company ( JAC) are planning to undertake research and development on multi-functional vehicles together. The three parties signed a memorandum of understanding to explore potential joint venture models. The companies will explore a full range of cooperation including advances in new energy models. JAC will have a 50% stake in the venture, with Volkswagen Group holding the other 50%. The venture will be setup in Hefei, Anhui province, where JAC is based.  (Source: Volkswagen AG)
BASF has granted Pulead ( China-based) a sub-license under Argonne National Laboratory patents related to nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) cathode materials for li-ion batteries. Pulead is licensed to make, use, sell, offer to sell, distribute and import the NCM cathode materials in the U.S. market.  (Source: BASF)
ABB announced a project with Volvo Buses, Västtrafik and Göteborg Energi to bring its 450 kilowatt (kW) Opportunity Charging ( OppCharge) system to the city of Gothenburg ( Sweden).  Due for delivery in spring 2018, two fast chargers will be installed at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Eriksberg Square on line 16 of the city's bus network, on which two prototype e buses from Volvo will operate. The order comes after a two-year trial under the ElectriCity venture, during which 10 ebuses ran on the city's bus route 55(Source: ABB)
The city of Cluj-Napoca ( Romania) is planning to introduce wireless charging infrastructure for electric buses (ebuses) it will receive in 1H18. The wireless infrastructure should reduce the charging time to 7 minutes (from 30 minutes). The vehicles are the Solaris Urbino 12 electric model currently in use in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic.
(Source: Adevarul)
UPS  announced the launch of an eBike that will deliver packages along Las Olas Boulevard and in surrounding neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The electrically-assisted tricycle is equipped with battery-powered electric motors and can be operated solely on battery power or pedal power.  (Source: UPS)
The Redspace Innercity EV
The Redspace EV  has been unveiled. The EV is intended for inner-city use in China's megacities and will be produced by CHTC Group.  (Source: Autocar)  


Industry Indices

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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