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Growth in the Middle Class: Li-Ion Battery Applications of Moderate Size and Power

Robin Schneider, Ph.D.,  Technical Marketing Director, Inventus Power

Li-ion battery technology first enabled the lap-top market and soon thereafter, small, simple consumer electronics products. There is widespread speculation that electric vehicles, with their large format batteries, will be the wave of the future, but meanwhile, “medium format” battery applications are converting to Li-ion at a rapid pace. These multi-cell batteries power everything from forklifts to e-bikes to back-up data storage and have medium current delivery and capacity in common. Inventus Power will provide an overview of the medium format market, including material handling equipment, battery back-up units, lawn and garden equipment, industrial cleaners, medical equipment, wheelchairs and other motive applications. Many of these applications are currently using sealed lead acid (SLA) technology and will benefit from the weight, cycle life and maintenance improvements that Li-ion offers. Conversion to Li-ion and what is required for a drop-in SLA replacement will be discussed as well as review of design considerations for medium format Li-ion batteries including new mid-range cell offerings and cell balancing.
Robin Schneider is responsible for market expansion in her role as Technical Marketing Director. She has an expertise in translating market drivers into technical solutions in the battery and charger industry. Robin brings ten years of marketing experience within the portable power industry to Inventus Power from companies such as Micro Power Electronics and Electrochem Solutions. She received a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science from Columbia University in New York.

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