When you think “Pure Michigan®” in the fall what typically comes to mind is crisp clear weather, beautiful fall foliage, and cider mills. What you may not realize is that Pure Michigan® in the fall also means batteries, with two highly-regarded battery technology events happening right here. On September 15-17, the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi hosted The Battery Show, an international expo and conference that will return in the fall of 2016. And, on October 27-28, NextEnergy is excited to host the two-day PlugVolt Battery Seminar at our state-of-the-art facility in Detroit. This event will feature an all-star lineup of presenters covering sub-topics applicable to both stationary and mobile energy storage systems being used by utilities, automotive OEMs, and consumers.
Since energy storage systems are ubiquitous, these events are not just for industry insiders, but have something for everyone. Keep reading to learn more about both of these important events.
It is also worth noting a few recent grand opening events and news:
The University of Michigan officially opened the Energy Institute’s Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility (Laboratory) in Ann Arbor. (Check out the artful video highlighting the lab!)
TÜV SÜD America opened the doors to its new automotive and battery testing facility in Auburn Hills.
The NREL team recently posted a blog that discusses a new Incubatenergy report and the methodology used for highlighting Clean Energy Incubator best practices, featuring NextEnergy and the Clean Energy Trust (CET).
The City of Detroit will be the first major city to deploy idle-reduction technology units on ambulances, using Navitas Systems PowerForce Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). These APUs will save emissions, costs, and wear and tear on vehicles. NextEnergy acknowledges the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Department of Transportation, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), and the Federal Highway Administration, as well as the MEDC for their part in this initiative.
Global Battery Solutions recently installed a battery once used in an EV in its warehouse forklift, giving the battery a new second life, and Navitas Systems also announced its new lithium ion batteries for (class I and II) forklifts branded Starlifter.
Congratulations to all of our partners on these exciting new ventures and accomplishments!
Source: Next Energy