March 2014


Guest Blogs


ICAO DGP to Address International Rules for Lithium Metal
Batteries Shipped by Air

George Kerchner, Executive Director, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association

At its April meeting in Montreal, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) will consider major changes in the international air transportation regulations on lithium metal batteries. PRBA represents the rechargeable battery industry as an official Observer with the ICAO DGP as well as the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. <read more>













UPS Battery Failure and the Impact of Downtime

Gregory Ratcliff, Director of Life Cycle Management Services, Emerson Network Power, Liebert Services

Batteries may be the most “low-tech” components supporting today’s mission critical data centers, but battery-related failures account for more than one-third of all UPS system failures over the life of the equipment. Since the continuity of critical systems during a power outage typically is dependent on a data center’s power equipment, comprised of UPS and their respective battery backups, it could be argued that batteries are one of the most important components of the data center. <read more>




Cell Balancing: Better Safe Than Sorry (Part 1)

Upal Sengupta, Staff Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments, Battery Management Solutions

It may not be the law, but it’s a good idea! Many of us can still remember when seat-belt laws started becoming the norm a while back. There were advertisements that said, “It’s not just a good idea – it’s the law!” We were reminded that we all should do the right thing and fasten our seat belts every time we get in the car. I feel the same way about cell balancing in a multi-cell, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery pack. <read more>


Cell Balancing: Better Safe than Sorry (Part 2) <read more>


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Register Now for the Battcon Stationary Battery Conference

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  New Products

Panasonic Announces Platinum Power Batteries that Protect Power for Up to 10 Years
Panasonic Energy Corp. of America has introduced its AA and AAA Platinum Power batteries, alkaline battery cells that protect power for up to 10 years. <read more>


GTS Unveils New Off-the-Grid 18-Bay Portable Radio Charger
Global Technology Systems, Inc. (GTS) has released its universal two-way radio Emergency Operations Charging Case (EOCC). The upgraded case now handles Motorola APX series radios as well as the XTS, HT and MTS series. <read more>


ON Semiconductor Introduces Efficient Battery Monitors with Improved Levels of Measurement Precision for Portable Electronics
ON Semiconductor has introduced a new family of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) ‘battery fuel gauge’ integrated circuits that provide accurate measurements of the remaining power level of one-cell lithium-ion (Li+) batteries commonly used in a wide range of portable electronics such as smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras. <read more>


Spirent Launches Automated Battery Life Measurement System for Mobile Devices
Spirent Communications has launched Quantum, an automated system for measuring and driving improvements to the battery life of mobile devices. <read more>


Tadiran Introduces Long-Life Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Cells for Extreme Environments
Tadiran Batteries offers an expanded line of TLI series, a new family of long-life rechargeable lithium-ion cells designed specifically for use in harsh environments. <read more>


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  Industry News

AES Reveals Battery Integration Center, LG Chem and Parker Hannifin are Initial Partners
AES Energy Storage today revealed the AES Battery Integration Center, a technology center located in Indianapolis, Ind., that evaluates advanced battery and power conversion technologies is now available to utility buyers and renewable developers in select markets.

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Paper Battery Company and TWS Announce Product Partnership to Commercialize Breakthrough Power Technology in Mobile Devices
Paper Battery Company and TWS Industrial has announced a partnership that will see them jointly work on implementing a breakthrough ultrathin ultracapacitor technology that has been proven to significantly extend the performance of traditional lithium batteries with minimal impact on size or cost. <read more>


Solvay Undertakes Major Sustainability Project to Explore Alternative Manufacturing Process for Li-Ion Battery Materials
Solvay Specialty Polymers has announced the launch of the LIFE+ GLEE project, a highly focused sustainability program that aims to use water instead of organic solvents in the rechargeable lithium ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturing process. <read more>



Event Listings

BatteryPower2014In-Depth Workshops Provide Advanced Training

Battery Power 2014, August 6-7 in Denver, Colorado will feature pre-conference workshops on August 5th. Seating is limited and typically sell-out. Register today to reserve your seat.

Practical Implementation of Wireless Power Systems from 2 – 10 Watts
Presented by: Upal Sengupta, Bill Johns, Dick Stacey, Texas Instruments
When: August 5th, 8:00 am- 12:00 pm

Wireless Power and contactless charging technology has become a reality, with millions of mobile phone devices that implement this system today. Yet, this technology is still in its early phases of adoption across a wide range of new applications including wearable products and industrial / medical applications. We will review the basics of how this technology operates, and briefly compare the three common standards (WPC, PMA, and A4WP) being considered for the broad market.

Lithium Battery Shipping: Interpreting Continuously Changing Regulations
Presented by: Bob Richards and Jim Shimk, LabelMaster
When: August 5th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In this workshop, Bob Richard, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, and Jim Shimko, Senior Manager of Dangerous Goods, Labelmaster Services will discuss how newly enacted regulations for transporting lithium battery-powered equipment continue to cause various headaches for shippers. The frustration shippers experience when shipping lithium batteries due to the continuously changing regulations and inconsistent interpretations.

Lithium-Ion Battery Tutorial
Presented by: Robert Spotnitz, Battery Design LLC
When: August 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This full day course surveys all aspects of lithium-ion batteries ranging from materials and processes, to cell designs. A thorough overview of the issues involved in life estimation, thermal behavior, and abuse tolerance is provided. How to design lithium-ion cells is discussed in detail with an emphasis on comparing different chemistries.

Click here to Read Full Workshop Descriptions and to Register


BCIBattery Council International’s 126th Convention and Power Mart Expo
April 27-30
San Diego, Calif.

The leaders of the battery industry are gathering at Battery Council International's 126th Convention and Power Mart Expo. Join us in San Diego, California from April 27-30, 2014. BCI is dedicated to advancing our industry's products and companies successfully into the future. The BCI Convention is the place for battery professionals to keep up with emerging technologies and changing regulations to do business more effectively in the global marketplace. The convention gives you the chance to hear leading authorities talk about critical regulatory activities affecting the global lead acid battery industry, and learn about issues that have a direct impact on your company. Discover the most up-to-date and comprehensive perspective on the various authorities that govern our industry.


BCISuper Mobility Week powered by CTIA
September 8 – Pre-conference Events
September 9, 10 & 11 – Conference & Exposition
Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas


Anchored by CTIA's two shows—the flagship CTIA 2014 show and its mobile IT show, MobileCON—Super Mobility Week will host 40,000+ mobile professionals and executives, 1,100+ exhibitors, as well as 1,000+ media and analysts. Leaders from across the globe will gather for this powerhouse, week-long event representing different sectors across the wireless ecosystem. Register now!



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