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May 2017


Feature Article



How Battery Shippers Benefit from a Compliance Assessment

Mike Pagel, Senior Consultant, Labelmaster

Anyone who ships lithium batteries or battery-powered products knows that compliant battery shipping is a constant challenge. Yet, shippers who undertake the efforts to improve their compliance often discover improvements in other areas as well. 

In our role to counsel companies on hazardous materials transport and product regulatory support, we recently conducted a compliance assessment for a global robotics company when the firm took its shipping operations in-house. The goal: Enhance the company’s dangerous good compliance procedures. In the process, we helped optimize the company’s overall supply chain process. <read more>
























  Sponsored Announcement

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.


  New Products


Saft Launches Flex’ion Lithium-Ion Battery System for Mission Critical Applications from kW to MW
Saft introduces Flex’ion as its latest generation lithium-ion (Li-ion) product range. This advanced battery system is designed for high power UPS (uninterruptible power supply) applications in mission critical facilities, such as data centers, and oil and gas installations. <read more>


Microchip Unveils the SAM R30 System in Package for Wirelessly Connected Designs
The SAM R30 System in Package (SiP), a single-chip RF microcontroller (MCU), is now available from Microchip Technology, Inc. The SAM R30 SiP incorporates an ultra-low power microcontroller with an 802.15.4 sub-GHz radio, providing multi-year battery life in a compact 5 mm package. <read more>


Power Integrations and Weltrend Semiconductor Announce Rapid-Charger Reference Design for Smart Mobile Devices

Power Integrations, in association with Weltrend Semiconductor, Inc., has announced a joint reference design describing an 18 W, USB PD compliant, AC-DC power converter targeted at chargers for smart mobile devices. <read more>


StrongIRFET MOSFET in New Package for Battery Powered Applications
Infineon Technologies AG  complements its StrongIRFET family with a 40 V MOSFET packaged in D²PAK 7pin+. The new MOSFET family offers an extremely low R DS(on) of 0.65 mΩ and the highest current carrying capability in the industry.<read more>

See More New Products Online
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  Industry News

NRL Breakthrough Enables Safer Alternative to Lithium-Ion Batteries
Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Chemistry Division have developed a safer alternative to fire-prone lithium-ion batteries, which were recently banned for some applications on Navy ships and other military platforms. <read more>


Panasonic Opens New Automotive Lithium-Ion Battery Factory in Dalian, China
Panasonic Corp. recently held an opening ceremony for a new automotive lithium-ion battery factory in Dalian, China. The factory is Panasonic's first automotive battery cell production site in China. <read more>


Axiom Exergy Energy Storage Assists Whole Foods Market in Shifting up to 1040 kWh of Electricity to Lower Costs
Axiom Exergy has completed the first installation of its thermal energy storage solution, the Refrigeration Battery at a Whole Foods Market store in Los Altos, Calif. The project successfully demonstrates the viability and potential of their energy storage solution by shifting up to 1,040 kWh of electricity load at the facility for up to 10 hours a day over the course of several months. <read more>


Event Listings

Battery Power 2017Battery Power 2017

Battery Power 2017 is an international conference highlighting the latest developments impacting batteries and power management in portable devices including smart phones, laptops/tablets, medical devices, wearables and military applications. Conference topics will include new battery designs, improving power management, predicting battery life, regulations and standards, safety and transportation, battery authentication, charging technology, emerging chemistries, R&D and market trends.


Join leading OEM design engineers and system engineers involved in battery powered products and systems and discover what is driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements.


Battery Power 2017 will provide you with the most up-to-date developments and technologies in the portable, mobile, consumer battery and power management market. If you are involved in the battery industry or if your products and systems run on batteries, this is a must attend event.


Battery Power 2017

Battery Seminar

July 18-20, 2017, PlugVolt will be hosting its next Battery Seminar in Ann Arbor, Michigan together with AVL. This event will feature an entire day of in-depth presentations by a leading independent electrochemist with no company or technology bias. Complementary industry updates during the next two days will be provided by subject matter experts from automotive and grid storage OEMs, major battery manufacturers and global Tier 1 system developers. Attendees will also have an exclusive opportunity to tour AVL’s New Energy Lab in its Ann Arbor Tech Center, along with cocktails reception for industry networking. Visit www.batteryseminars.com for more details.





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