Menahem Anderman, PhD

Menahem Anderman
Menahem Anderman, PhD.
As the world's leading independent expert on advanced automotive batteries, Dr. Anderman provides technological assessments to companies worldwide. His client list includes most major automakers, leading international battery developers and suppliers, financial institutions, and government agencies including the U.S. Senate, the California Air Resources Board, the National Research Council, and the Department of Energy. His access to automakers and battery companies gives Dr. Anderman insight into the latest trends in the advanced-vehicle market as reflected in his 2002 and 2007 Advanced Automotive Battery Industry Reports, 2005 Ultracapacitor Opportunity Report,  2010 / 2011 EV-PHEV Opportunity Reports, and his current reports - The xEV Industry Insider Report and The Tesla Battery Report .

Dr. Anderman’s comprehensive xEV Industry Insider Report is based on his on-site interviews with senior battery technologists and business development executives at 15 global automakers and 25 of their current and prospective battery suppliers. The latest edition of the Report, updated in May 2015, dissects current xEV and xEV-battery technology and provides an insightful assessment of vehicle- and battery-market forecasts by automakers and battery developers to 2020, revealing the likely trajectory of the industry. It discusses the technological status and manufacturing positions of individual battery producers and points out the Japanese and Korean battery manufacturers who are best positioned to succeed in the market.

The Tesla Battery Report, also authored by Dr. Anderman, provides insight into the company that became the world’s larger user of Li-Ion batteries overnight and of its battery technology. The Report includes EV market and EV battery market forecasts to 2020 and explores the Gigafactory’s cost, challenges and benefits.

Dr. Anderman founded Total Battery Consulting in 1996 to offer consulting services in:

  • lithium- and nickel- based battery development and application,
  • intellectual property,
  • corporate business development,
  • and investment and market assessment.

In 2000, Dr. Anderman founded Advanced Automotive Batteries (AAB) to provide information on the rapidly growing field of energy storage for advanced automotive  applications.

Dr. Anderman earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry (with honors) from the University of California in 1983. His corporate experience encompasses materials research, cell design, and battery engineering, as well as market and business development and general management.

Qualifications

A broad-based battery industry executive with experience ranging from materials research, cell design and product development to market development and general management. Distinguished within the industry by a combination of technical depth and business comprehension, with an understanding of the particular roles of technology, finance, manufacturing, and marketing in building a successful business.
Total Battery Consulting, Inc. - Oregon House, CA
1996 - present

Founder and President

A private consulting firm to the battery and associated industries, specializing in technology, cost, and market assessment, battery system selection and qualification, and battery-related investment andlegal work.

Polystor Corporation - Dublin, CA
1997 - 1998

Vice President of Technology

Overall responsibilities for all technical areas, and key contributor to business development activities of this start-up Li Ion battery developer and producer, leading a group of 45 scientists, engineers and technicians.
Within 5 months of hiring, drove design changes on 18650 cell that led to qualification by major customers, enabling PolyStor to be the first non-Japanese company to ship Li Ion cells in volume. Directed the development and transfer to production of the first commercial Li Ion (prismatic) cell featuring LiNiCoO2 cathode. The product exhibits the highest energy density in the industry and passes all IEC and UL tests. Won a $9.5M Hybrid Vehicle battery contract and directed the development work. Conducted trade of analysis and initiated development work of pouch ("polymer") Li Ion cell. Initiated a multimillion-dollar licensing arrangement with Motorola.

Acme Electric Corporation - Tempe, AZ
1988 - 1996

Vice President and General Manager, Aerospace Division

Complete P&L responsibility of a fully integrated Division. Responsible for the consolidation of two separate operations into one facility. Oversaw the transfer to manufacturing of five new products. Led the division to profitability.
Venture Director, Advanced Energy Systems
Chartered with developing non-aircraft applications for the FNC battery. Developed a space cell design that has outperformed all previous Ni-Cd space batteries. The 1st to Identify the outdoor cabinet telecom market as a significant market opportunity for NiCd. Won several development and qualification programs. Co-invented and directed the development of a sealed Ni-Cd battery incorporating flooded cells.
Technical Director, Advanced Energy System Division
Overall technical responsibility for the design, development and transfer to production of a new line of sealed Ni-Cd cells for the aviation market. Product featured the highest power density, charge rate and cycle life in the industry. Responsible for winning production contracts on the newest aircraft including the Boeing 777, and the only successful worldwide introduction of a sealed Ni-Cd battery as the main engine starting and emergency aircraft battery. Supported start up and application of industrial NiCd batteries for the railway and AGV market.

W. R. Grace and Company
Research Division, Columbia, MD
1983 - 1988

Project and Group Leader - Rechargeable Lithium Battery

Scaled up laboratory cells into fully packaged AA cells. Co-responsibility for a detailed business plan that assessed W.R. Grace options to commercialize its Rechargeable Lithium Battery technology. Cells designed exceeded state-of-the-art performance for rechargeable consumer batteries. Initiated safety testing.
Research Chemist
Assessed business opportunities for company in existing and developing battery technologies. Developed unique plastic bonded electrodes and a process to fabricate them. Developed prototypes of spirally wound Li-TiS2 cells with over 100Wh/Kg and 150 cycles. Won US Army development contract. Granted seven US and several international patents in electrode and battery technology, including the 1st laminated structured electrodes preceding Belcore.

University of California, Santa Barbara
1980 - 1983

Research Associate

Studied the photoelectrochemical activity of doped iron oxide electrodes. Developed a P-N junction photoelectrochemical cell that converted solar energy into hydrogen.
Selective Executive Training:
  • 1996 Demand Flow Technology, JIT Institute of Technology
  • 1995 TQM, University of Phoenix
  • 1995 Developing Corporate Core Competence, Lahote Executive Training
  • 1994 Finance and Accounting for Non-financial managers, Un. of Penn.
  • 1994 Market Segmentation, Lahote Executive Training
  • 1993 Creating Share Holder Value, Alcar Institute
  • 1992 Robust Design (Taguchi), American Supply Institute
  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1980 to 1983 GPA 4.0. Nominee for Electrochemistry Graduate Research Award. Thesis: Photoelectrochemistry On Doped Iron Oxide Electrodes Multidisciplinary course work included courses in Physical Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Solid Electrolytes, Solid State Physics, and Photochemistry.
  • B.Sc., Chemistry. Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 1976 to 1978 GPA 3.8. Dean's List all three years. Completed all requirements in three years.
View Selected Publications
  • Composite Cathodic Electrode,* M. Anderman and J.T. Lundquist, US Patent No. 4,654,281 – 1987
  • Carbon Electrode, M. Anderman, US Patent No. 4,791,037 – 1988
  • Cathodic Electrode, M. Anderman and S.L. Johnson, US Patent No. 4,735,875 – 1988
  • Cathodic Electrode, M. Anderman and J.T. Lundquist, US Patent No. 4,731,310 – 1988
  • Cathodic Electrode, M. Anderman and S.L. Johnson, US Patent No. 4,853,305 – 1989
  • Common Vessel Sealed Rechargeable Battery, M. Anderman and Boris Tsenter, US Patent No. 5,290,640 –1994

* First laminate/polymer structure patent, pre-Bellcore