August 2017

Featured Articles



Gone in 60 Seconds: Five Ways Next-Generation Ultrafast-Charging EV Batteries are About to Change Everything

Robert A. Rango, President and CEO, Enevate Corp.

Electric vehicles are the most revolutionary development in the auto industry since the internal combustion engine. Every day they get more advanced and more popular. Electric cars and plug-in hybrids are projected to account for an average of 8 percent of all cars sold in the United States by 2020. While that shows tremendous growth in electric vehicles (EVs), you don't have to be a statistician to notice that this is still a fairly small percentage. EVs are becoming more affordable (although they may not be as affordable as cars with internal combustion engines until the 2020s). Plus, there are great government incentives that make it easy, and at least comparable in price to standard auto sales, for people to switch to EVs. So what's holding the market back? <read more>


Saving Money on Cooling with Better Battery Management
Alex Rawitz, Servato

Lead-acid batteries are the workhorse battery of standby power. Safe, reliable, and cheap, they dominate industries like telecom and utilities where backup batteries are essential in maintaining uninterrupted operations. Today, tens of millions of Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) batteries are in use at millions of sites across the country. <read more>


Negative-Stiffness Vibration Isolation Facilitates Nano-Research into Superionic Solid Electrolytes for Next-Generation Lithium Batteries
Patrick Roberts, Michigan Technical University

Advances in materials testing techniques have enabled scientists and engineers to measure mechanical properties, and observe and characterize mechanical phenomena that control deformation and failure down to nearly the atomic level. One field that is benefiting from such advances in testing techniques is energy storage. The option of creating higher energy capacity batteries has direct implications on performance with laptops, smartphones, and electric vehicles. <read more>














  Sponsored Announcement

Cambridge EnerTech Acquires Battery Power

Cambridge EnerTech (CET), a division of Cambridge Innovation Institute, has announced the acquisition of and Battery Power from Colorado-based Webcom Communications Corp., an integrated media company serving advanced technology industries and markets worldwide.

Cambridge EnerTech will consolidate the digital media assets of the website including the Battery Power newsletter, digital magazine, and Buyer's Resource Guide. The Battery Power monthly newsletter will be the flagship product of the digital offerings, reaching technical contacts and OEMs in need of battery technology. An enhanced newsletter will cover the rapidly-expanding market of battery-powered products and technology, including battery applications, power management, charging, manufacturing systems, and business and market news.

"Cambridge EnerTech produces an impressive conference portfolio in the battery and renewable energy industry including the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (both in the United States and in Europe), the International Battery Seminar, Battery Safety Conference, and the Lithium Battery Materials & Chemistries. We are looking forward to expanding our offerings with and Battery Power," says Phillips Kuhl, president of Cambridge Innovation Institute.


"We currently have three digital publications, Bio-IT World, Clinical Informatics News and Diagnostics World, that support our life sciences conferences, and we know that our conference attendees value the news and insight our editorial staff and advertisers share with our readers. We hope that with the addition of and Battery Power, we will provide the same value to the rechargeable battery industry."


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  New Products

SII Semiconductor Corp. Introduces a New 2-to-3-Cell Secondary Battery Protection IC for Rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries

SII Semiconductor Corp., a subsidiary of Seiko Instruments, Inc., has introduced the S-8223A/B/C/D series 2-to-3 cell secondary battery protection IC for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. <read more>


Battery Holders with PCB Connectors
A new selection of Keystone’s plastic battery holders now includes the option to have holders with a PCB connector plug pre-installed to the end of 6 inch wires for simplified installations. <read more>


TI Introduces Single-Chip Buck-Boost Battery Charge Controllers Enabling USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery Support

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced a pair of flexible, single-chip buck-boost battery charge controllers for one- to four-cell (1S to 4S) designs.
<read more>


Electronic Loads from MDL Offer Advanced, Economical Power Supply Testing
The 63200E series high power DC electronic loads from Chroma enable simple and economical testing of a wide range of power supplies, on-board chargers, batteries and other power electronics components. <read more>

See More New Products Online
Batteries | Charging | ICs & Semiconductors | Components |
Testing, Monitoring & Safety
| Manufacturing & Materials

  Industry News

Nissan to Sell Electric Battery Business to GSR Capital
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has entered into a definitive sale and purchase agreement with GSR Capital, a private investment fund, for the sale of Nissan's electric battery operations and production facilities to GSR. <read more>


Rice Scientists Map Ways Forward for Lithium-Ion Batteries for Extreme Environments
Lithium-ion batteries are popular power sources for cellphones and other electronics, but problematic in extreme heat or cold. A Rice University laboratory has suggested ways to extend their range. <read more>


Deepwater Wind Proposing Worlds Largest Offshore Wind, Energy Storage Combination
Deepwater Wind has unveiled plans for its newest project off the American coast: Revolution Wind, a utility-scale offshore wind farm paired with an energy storage system. <read more>


Event Listings

13th Annual Lithium Battery Materials & Chemistries
October 31 - November 1
Arlington, VA

The Lithium Battery Materials & Chemistries 2017 conference will provide in-depth coverage on the chemistries, both current and next-generation, that are shaping the future of energy storage. From novel electrode/electrolyte materials to higher-capacity cathode/anode structures, this conference will explore how to economically increase battery energy density.


8th Annual Battery Safety Conference

November 2-3
Arlington, VA

Higher energy and higher use lead to higher risk. While research continues to boost the energy storage capability of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and leads to expanding applications and consumer use, the task of implementing effective safety strategies falls on regulatory authorities, cell manufacturers, R&D engineers and forensic scientists. Accurate tests and models are critical for predicting and controlling the complex electrochemical, thermal and mechanical behavior of LIBs while forensic investigations and regulations are required for safe transport. The Battery Safety 2017 conference continues this vital dialogue to integrate and implement LIB safety to meet ever-increasing energy demands.



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