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.

NAATBatt Workshop on Proposed Changes to Fire and Building Codes The Will Impact Battery Logistics Costs
University Club of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
June 11, 2018

The Workshop on Proposed Changes to Fire and Building Codes The Will Impact Battery Logistics Costs examined the probable cost impacts of proposed changes to national and international fire and building codes that could have a material, adverse impact on storing, shipping, repairing and recycling highly engineered, high voltage, lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicle and stationary energy storage applications. The workshop reviewed the principal sources of codes and standards, examined proposed changes to them impacting lithium-ion batteries, and discussed positions that industry might take to reduce the adverse cost impacts of some of those proposed changes.

NAATBatt 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa
San Antonio, Texas
March 19-22, 2018

NAATBatt 2018, the 9th annual meeting and conference of NAATBatt International, will be held on March 19-22, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The meeting will feature early looks at disruptive new technologies in the battery business, member update presentations, and the best networking and deal making in the industry. Also, in honor of the Texas venue, the meeting will feature the first Advanced Battery Shooting Competition. More details will be provided soon.

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. The purpose of the Tournament is to encourage industry networking and the development of personal relationships among our members that will lead to sales opportunities and business growth. The 2015 Tournament took place on the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed golf course at the Wigwam Resort outside of Phoenix. The 2016 Tournament will be held at the Indian Wells Golf Resort, a two-time host to the PGA TOUR’s Skins Game. Indian Wells is also home to the home of the BNP Paribas Open (previously the Pacific Life Open), a joint event of the ATP World Tour and the WTA Tour, which constitutes the fifth largest tennis tournament in the world. No special skill is required to play in the Advanced Battery Golf & Tennis Tournament, however—only an intense interest in advanced batteries.

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.

Special Workshops

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!