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Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993-Cooperative Research Group on Energy Storage System Evaluation and Safety II

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Notice is hereby given that, on September 21, 2016, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (“the Act”), Southwest Research Institute—Cooperative Research Group on Energy Storage System Evaluation and Safety II (“EssES-II”) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing (1) the identities of the parties to the venture and (2) the nature and objectives of the venture. The notifications were filed for the purpose of invoking the Act's provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances.

Pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act, the identities of the parties to the venture are: Allison Transmission, Inc., Indianapolis, IN; BAE Systems, Johnson City, NY; Deere & Company, Moline, IL; Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), London, United Kingdom; and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., Northbrook, IL. The general area of EssES-II's planned activity is to develop detailed cell level data on current or near market technology across a diverse number of manufacturers to allow a relative comparison between available technologies. The program will provide performance, life, abuse and consistency of manufacturing test data for member-selected systems in a private, independent third party laboratory format (non-governmental). This will provide members with the data required to assess the pertinent performance characteristics of various battery topologies, chemistries and manufacturers to assist in the selection of cells for a vehicular or stationary energy storage system. Additionally, the level of data and the detail in which it is provided will be sufficient to aid in the development of models, pack integration work and thermal management strategy development.

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Patricia A. Brink,

Director of Civil Enforcement, Antitrust Division.

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[FR Doc. 2016-27406 Filed 11-14-16; 8:45 am]

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