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 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference
The Wigwam Resort
Litchfield Park, AZ
March 14-16, 2017
NAATBatt International will hold its 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference on March 14-16, 2017, at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona. The meeting will feature updates on the business and technology of electrochemical energy storage across applications with a view to giving industry thought leaders better insight into general business conditions and prospects.
The NAATBatt annual meeting is the most important networking event each year for top executives at companies that manufacture, sell or rely on advanced battery and supercapacitor technology. NAATBatt meetings are designed to help attendees gain new knowledge and build new relationships that help businesses grow and prosper. The 2017 meeting will be held at the historic The Wigwam Resort outside Phoenix, Arizona.
The meeting will feature the Advanced Battery Golf & Tennis Tournament, an outstanding Spouses/Companions Program, the Energy Storage Innovation Summit and the best networking in the industry, among many other features.
Workshop on Repurposing and Reusing xEV Batteries
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
May 11, 2017
NAATBatt International will host a workshop on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on purposing and reusing electric vehicle (xEV) batteries.
Repurposing and reusing xEV batteries in non-vehicle, energy storage applications is a growing practice. Several factors drive this trend. The increasing sophistication, growing volumes and rapidly falling prices of xEV batteries make them increasingly competitive in non-vehicle battery applications with batteries purpose built for those non-vehicle applications.
Also, as xEV’s are retired from service in the ordinary course, their batteries contain substantial remaining energy storage capacity. Analysts estimate that these used xEV batteries will collectively represent several gigawatts of energy storage capacity by the early 2020’s. Many companies believe that they can redeploy these batteries in other, “second life” applications at relatively low cost.
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.
NAATBatt holds workshops and webinars on topics of interest to NAATBatt members. Past workshops have explored the issue of lithium-ion battery safety and strategies for manufacturing cost reduction. A recent 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 ees & Intersolar, the most attended solar-plus-storage event in North America, to produce workshops designed to educate installers and integrators about using energy storage technology 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!