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December 2016

Low-Power 2016

Call for Presentations Deadline December 21st

Feature Article



A New Power-Cycling Strategy for Testing the Reliability of Power Electronics Modules

Dr. John Parry, Mentor Graphics Corp.

The particular power cycling strategy you choose for high-power semiconductor devices, such as power transistors, diodes, MOSFETs, and IGBTs, during reliability tests can have a significant effect on predicted lifetime results even if the tests have similar initial parameters. Also, how you set up the measurements can affect the results of the power cycling tests. <read more>

























  Sponsored Announcement

OrionOrion Specialty Carbon Blacks Improve Lead Acid, Lithium Ion Battery Performance
Orion Specialty Carbon Blacks improve the performance of lead acid batteries (LAB) and lithium ion batteries (LIB).  Orion’s Carbon Blacks for battery applications have very high purity levels, which extend battery life. They offer an excellent balance of electrical conductivity, dispersibility and adjustability of rheological properties in viscous pastes and slurries. Easy to process in battery pastes and globally available in large volumes, Orion carbon blacks are suitable for a broad range of energy storage devices. 


Orion’s XPB 593 BEADS for advanced lead acid batteries (aLAB) offer cost-effective solutions capable of improving dynamic charge acceptance (DCA) and cold crank performance in high rate partial state of charge applications, such as start/stop and regenerative braking in hybrid electric vehicles.    A key benefit of XPB 593 BEADS is that they enable DCA with a lower level of water loss during hydrogen evolution.  An XPB 593 BEAD also has a relatively high surface area and good structure for easy dispersion and good processability.


Orion XPB 565 BEADS are used in lithium ion batteries for consumer electronics applications. XPB 565 BEADS improve energy density while maintaining rheological properties. They fill electrode filament voids for consistent porosity and multiple conductive contacts, and provide good dispersibility and processability.


Orion Engineered Carbons continues to innovate and partner with key customers to develop new Specialty Carbon Blacks for motor vehicle batteries and beyond to aLAB used in stationary energy storage systems. For more information, contact Jennifer Granados, Market Manager Americas: Coatings, Printing Systems & Specialty Applications, at jennifer.granados@orioncarbons.com.

Expanding Technology for Advanced Battery Applications & Fuel Cells

dexmetDexmet has taken the “Expanding Technology” to the next generation of advancements, the micro-mesh material manufactured by Dexmet is infinitely variable, and the proprietary equipment developed anddesigned at Dexmet produces expanded material with smaller holes than anyone else and produces material that is thinner than anyone else in our marketplace. The expansion process produces a very consistent product as far as open area, hole size and conductivity.


Dexmet expanded materials are perfect for Advanced Batteries Applications and Fuel Cells, especially where you are using multi stacks of materials and you need consistent conductivity from stack to stack also the expansion process is more cost effective unlike perforated material.

The expansion process allows you to yield higher amounts of material than what you put in, this is especially important when your application requires expensive materials like platinum, niobium, zirconium and titanium.

Battery Power 2017Battery Power 2017 is currently accepting abstracts for its  annual event, May 17-18 in Dallas, Texas. The international event is focused on latest developments and technologies in the battery industry, including  mobile/portable, wearable battery technology, as well as battery manufacturing, materials and research & development. The conference provides an excellent forum to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements.

Attendees include top executives, technical managers and engineering professionals from original equipment manufacturers, end users and integrators, battery manufacturers and component providers.

Conference sessions should be technical and educational while providing examples of cutting edge technology and application strategies. End-users presenting about any innovative project they may be involved in will be given priority on the show program.

Call for Presentation Deadline December 21st..


  New Products

New Three Phase Industrial Battery Chargers for Transportation Applications
APSApplied Power Systems (APS), an industry leader in power conversion and energy storage solutions,  introduced its latest series of three phase industrial battery chargers for transportation applications.
The APS programmable SmartCharger series support multiple battery chemistries with customer selectable charge profiles to handle Lead-Acid, NiCad, NiMH and Li-Ion battery types. 

These compact, high frequency chargers employ an innovative design resulting in higher efficiency, while providing superior performance to low frequency, phase controlled chargers. These smaller, lighter chargers consume less power and offer improved input power factor, leading to reduced power consumption and energy costs.

Smart Charger series incorporate built in diagnostics with fault protection features along with an OLED display for improved usability.   Charger operating status and fault annunciation is displayed along with output voltage and current, which is also available via remote communication interface.

Rugged, reliable, field proven design is built to withstand the harsh environments of motive power applications.  Standard models accept three phase AC input with options available to accept DC input power.  Added options include an internal data logger with nonvolatile storage of operating history, downloadable to customer.

Applied Power Systems, Inc. is an industry leading manufacturer of advanced power conversion products, power electronic controls and high power semiconductor thermal management solutions. APS Power products include IGBT Inverter Stacks, AC/DC, DC/DC, DC/AC Converters, AC Phase Controllers, Battery Chargers, High Power Rectifier Bridges,  Power Supplies for on-board Rail Applications, Motor Drives & Controls, high power semiconductor assemblies and specialized inverter systems.

More information is available at www.appliedps.com.  

Responsive Multi-Range Battery Test Equipment
BT1000New battery materials development always involves iterative test and validation. However, test requirements may vary according to different test sample and research phase. To find the optimal balance between precision and budget, Chen Tech Electric, the leading battery test equipment provider from Taiwan, introduces the Responsive Multi-range Battery Test Equipment BT 1000 Series.

The following features are supported by BT 1000 Series:

  1. High accuracy: the output and measurement accuracy plays an important role in determining battery performances. With 0.02% F.S. accuracy for each current range, the data obtained from BT 1000 Series allows researchers to precisely estimate battery cycle life and aging behavior.
  2. Rapid data recording: with minimum 1ms data recording frequency, every detail change on battery parameters during charging and discharging cycles can be captured and then analyzed. It helps researchers understand the characteristics of tested battery materials during different working conditions well.
  3. 4 customizable current ranges: since equipment output accuracy is critical, to reach its best performance, the 4 current ranges of BT 1000 Series are customizable. Clients assign current ranges based on their research requirements, so the accuracy remains the same within all research phases.

Chen Tech Electric is the worldwide battery test expert, which aims to satisfy various advanced and customized battery test requirements from worldwide clients with affordable cost. For more information about Chen Tech Electric, please visit the following website: www.chentech.com.tw/eindex.

Keysight Technologies’ Battery-Drain Analysis Solution Delivers Insight for Operation Critical Applications
Keysight Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of a battery-drain analysis solution that delivers insight into critical applications for the energy, automotive and medical device industries. <read more>

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  Industry News

Younicos Selected by Centrica to Design One of the World’s Largest Battery Storage Systems
Energy storage provider Younicos has been selected by Centrica to design one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated battery-based energy storage systems. To be completed by winter 2018, the 49 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion system will respond to fluctuations in electrical demand in less than a second.<read more>


Emerson Network Power Rebrands as Vertiv, Appoints New CEO
The business now formerly known as Emerson Network Power has announced the appointment of Rob Johnson as CEO and officially commenced a campaign to rebrand the standalone company as Vertiv. <read more>


Event Listings



MicrogridMicrogrids West 2017
January 18-20
Sonoma, CA

A Three-Day Conference on Capitalizing on Microgrids for Improved System Energy Efficiency, Reliability and Providing Enabling Technologies for Grid Independence featuring a tour of Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Project.
Use Promocode: GRID for $700/off registration. Contact: Angela Hamilton 414-2221-1700



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