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Lead Acid vs. Lithium Military Battery Packs: What You Need to Know
Contributed Commentary By Anton Beck, Epec
Batteries are used by members of the Armed Forces all over the world in a wide range of different ways each and every day. I believe that for high stakes situations like military applications in particular, the choice between a lead acid battery pack and a lithium ion batteries is clear.

How Do We Power 20 Million EVs?
Contributed Commentary By Jason Appelbaum, EverCharge
The electric car market is projected to hit 20 million-plus by 2020. The question is no longer when will the EVs arrive, it's where do we go from here. Despite rapid growth, the EV industry still has a long way to go in one key department: charging.

Lithium Vs. Lead: New Markets And Old Strongholds
Contributed Commentary By Ilyas Ayub, Inventus Power
Let's be clear, the Lead-Acid (Pb) battery is still the mainstay of many battery applications such as starting your car, backing up a server-farm or telephone system, and maintaining an alarm system. But Lithium-ion (Li-ion), the mainstay for portable devices, is continuing to expand into new markets.

The Silicone Toolbox: How Decades of Silicone Technology Is Enabling Advanced Automotive Batteries Achieve Better Reliability, Performance and Value
Contributed Commentary By Kate Johnson and Bruce Hilman, Dow Performance Silicones
The market for plug-in hybrid and battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) is on track to grow exponentially in the coming years, fueled by tumbling Lithium-ion battery prices, favorable government policies, and aggressive plans from automakers to ramp up production. Market research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows EV sales increasing from a record 1.1 million units worldwide in 2017 to 11 million units in 2025 and then surging to 30 million units in 2030.

How I Stumbled into Something BIG: The Founding of the Soteria Battery Innovation Group
Contributed Commentary By Brian Morin, Soteria
Last year I found myself with a dramatic improvement to battery architecture—and a market dead end. But necessity is the mother of invention, and much discussion led to a key discovery about the market. The Soteria Battery Innovation Group was born as much from a technological advance as a cultural revelation. And now it's poised to bring about big changes in lithium ion batteries.


RELiON Launches Low-Temp Battery Technology
RELiON, a leading global manufacturer of lithium iron phosphate batteries (LiFePO4), today introduced a new technology that solves the problem of charging in freezing weather, while also making lithium batteries safer and more practical for low-temperature use. The new RB100-LT (a 12V 100Ah LiFePO4 battery) is the more..

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Lithium Werks, Super B Announce Merger
Lithium Werks and Super B announced a merger this week. The new global company will serve over 1,000 customers in nearly 50 countries and offers jobs to over 550 employees.

Ooblek Electrolytes: Creating A Solid-On-Impact Electrolyte For Safer Lithium-Ion Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries commonly used in consumer electronics are notorious for bursting into flame when damaged or improperly packaged. These incidents occasionally have grave consequences, including burns, house fires and at least one plane crash. Inspired by the weird behavior of some liquids that solidify on impact, researchers at more..

Solid State Progress Reduces Electrical Resistance Between Cathode, Electrolyte
Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tohoku University have developed a safer and higher-performing solid state battery by reducing electrical resistance at the electrode/solid electrolyte interface.

New Electrode Materials Speed Battery Charging
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have been working on a class of materials—niobium tungsten oxides—to use as a battery electrode. Two particular oxides have a complex crystalline structure, and researchers report that lithium ions move through them at rates that far exceed those of typical electrode materials, which equates to a much faster-charging battery.





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